waterers... inside? outside?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kelidei, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. kelidei

    kelidei ~*Dances with chickens*~

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    just wondering what other chicken people think. In the winter I have only had waterers inside the coop... because they would freeze if outside... I also had bird bath de-icers in my 5 gal nipple waterers which worked well but was kind of clumsy. My biggest concern, and why I am rethinking this, is all the extra moisture that evaporates into the coop. I am considering just large heated dog bowls for all my runs rather than water in the coops. Can they go from 4 pm until about 7 am (the shortest days of our winter) on a daily basis without access to water? I have noticed that the chickens don't drink as much water in the colder months... just curious if anyone else does this... thanks![​IMG]
     
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  2. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    My water is all outside in a heated water dish, I had moisture problems in the coop when I kept the water inside. Of course, I had ducks so that might make a difference [​IMG]
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I do have water in the coop in case I can't open it up early. I'm not that far from you and it's humid here year round. The water in my coops freeze if I don't use bird bath heaters.
    I have big windows open all winter to give good ventilation and alleviate the extra moisture.

    I like them to have water before bed and when they get up. I make a mush with a little feed in a pan with warm water a couple hours before dusk so they go to bed warm and hydrated.
     

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