What kind of de-icing or water heating devices do you guys use?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Granolamom, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. Granolamom

    Granolamom Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    Last night we had our first freeze of this year, and of course this morning all my watering bowls were frozen. I'm looking on-line for de-icing devices, and was wondering, what the BYC experts [​IMG] use to keep their chickens' water from freezing.
  2. chicknmania

    chicknmania Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    WE just use an electric dog watering bowl, we got it at TSC. You can put the chicken waterer inside the bowl, then fill both with water; the bowl will help to keep both ice free and that way you have a reservoir.
  3. chickie momma di

    chickie momma di Songster

    Jun 6, 2008
    Southeastern, MA
    what and where is tsc?
    i am also in need of something to keep the water from freezing.
    the coop seemed much warmer than outside however the water was frozen this morning.
    i have 3 buff orphingtons in a 4x5 coop:barnie
  4. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    TSC is Tractor Supply Center. You can locate stores on their site: www.tractorsupply.com.

    I have a 3 gallon plastic waterer with heater I ordered from McMurray. It was frozen this morning -- because the dog unplugged the extension cord.

    I find it a bit of a pain to haul the thing out of the coop, refill, and haul back without spilling water all over me, the floor, and the walkway. But it does work to keep water from icing when properly plugged in.

    Suggestions for managing the filling process would be welcomed.
  5. Pullet Pimp

    Pullet Pimp Songster

    Jul 1, 2008
    I use the 5 gal galvanized waterer and base heater with thermostat. This is the first year for it and so far I love it. Haven't seen anything close to frozen water yet even though the swimming pool has had 1/2" ice on it for several days now.

    As for filling I have a couple of plastic milk jugs that I bring out water with when I check the chickens. I usually bring out 2 gallons every other day and add them to the waterer. It makes for less trips than bringing in the waterer and slopping it everywhere. Works for me.
  6. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    Oh, to add clarity, my 3 gallon waterer has to be filled from the bottom. I do have a galvanized waterer too that I bought first, but when needing a heated waterer, it seemed cheaper to buy a complete new waterer than just the heat plate.
  7. bearcat73

    bearcat73 Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    Southwest Ohio
  8. Hubby with a stick?
  9. bearcat73

    bearcat73 Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    Southwest Ohio
  10. notsooldmcdonald

    notsooldmcdonald Songster

    Oct 14, 2008
    Lempster, NH
    Quote:I have the same waterer, and have encountered some rather chilly spillage. My thinking is to carry a bucket of water to the coop, invert the waterer, remove the base (not going to use the little hole again!), fill, replace the base, revert, and go.

    We'll see how it goes!


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