Watering nipples

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lee miller1, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. lee miller1

    lee miller1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a watering bucket with the horizontal nipple drinkers. I was wondering if they freeze in the winter? I was planning on heating the water with a bucket heater but I am worried that the chickens will drink and leave some water on the outside of the nipples. Will this water freeze and prevent the chickens from getting more water?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    It all depends on the temperature. Vertical nipples freeze but with heated water the horizontal don't usually because the seal is internal to the bucket. All bets are off if the temperature is extreme as one drop freezes then another and another.
     
  3. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Can the chickens peck off the icicles? I need to do the same as the OP; somehow keep their water from freezing overnight. It rarely stays cold enough for their water to freeze during the day, but it can be cold enough for nighttime ice to remain frozen..
     
  4. lee miller1

    lee miller1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah the temperature regularly is below -10 during the day in January and can get in the -20 during the night. I think they could peck off the icicles but I am more worried about the actual mechanism freezing and the chicken won't be able to peck at that.
     
  5. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    That's what I'm worried about; the mechs freezing shut.
     

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