Winter water?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Gail in MN, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. bruceha2000

    bruceha2000 Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 19, 2012
    NW Vermont
    You can talk to yourself and you can answer yourself, as long as you don't say "huh???"

    I was going to reply to your other questions but since you changed your mind ... Guess I'll do it anyway in case someone says "Hey, wait. I wanted to know!!"

    - Anyone have tips about placement of nipples - angled or bottom? I believe they are always supposed to be facing straight down or they will leak. The water comes out BECAUSE they are tilted by the chickens when they hit the metal pin. Could be there are brands that are not picky.
    - Width of pipe? I don't suppose it matters much other than if you are using push/screw in nipples The diameter of the pipe should be enough the nipples fit fairly flat against the pipe. Saddle nipples are specifically made to clip onto 3/4" PVC pipe. Use teflon tape even though the instructions say it isn't necessary.
    - How close to a wall? Mine are saddle nipples in a 3/4" pipe fed from a bucket. The pipe is held to the wall with pipe "hooks" so the answer is "about an inch". Works great and takes no room in the coop.

  2. Jonathan w

    Jonathan w Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 14, 2012
    I agree good choice in not heating the coop, I tried the heated plastic waterer and didn't like it, so I got a one gallon metal font and a heted base, I love it< and so do my girls, I live in northeast NY
  3. JackAsch9

    JackAsch9 New Egg

    Oct 21, 2012
    Does anybody have any simple ideas to keeping water from freezing in northen Indiana?
  4. pigeonguy

    pigeonguy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2008
    Northwest Illinois
    Do you get colder than Northwestern Illinois. I'm going with the green house method and if that does not work completely I will add a heat source with a thermal cube to keep it warmer in there.
  5. clucky3255

    clucky3255 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I buy an extra water,and rotate each day.. it is a simple as that! hope i helped a bit.[​IMG]
  6. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

    Sep 4, 2009
    I saw somewhere on here last year (as EVERY year someone starts a new thread about this), that someone heated large rocks each night and put a fresh one in the water pan each morning and it kept the water from freezing with radiating heat from the rock. I am sure that a big enough rock heated on a woodstove, if a person has one, or in an oven during a cooking time would work wonderfully on SOME waterers.
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Just be aware that if you put a wet rock on a campfire it can explode as the water heats inside the rock.
  8. efanie

    efanie Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 22, 2012
    Dawson Creek B.C
    i love that idea I am thinking i might had to try this!!
  9. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

    Sep 4, 2009
    I never said put a wet rock in a fire. You could heat them on the top of some wood stoves. And an oven is hardly going to be as hot as directly IN a fire.
    I must say, from a safe distance, seeing a rock explode would be pretty cool to see. My kids would probably love it, however, for safety's sake I think I will skip mentioning it to them.
  10. Twister-n-Dos

    Twister-n-Dos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2012
    I took a 50 watt transmission pan heater like this:

    plugged into a thermo-cube.

    I put two cinder blocks on the coop floor, put the heater on top of them, and then put two paving
    bricks on top of that. There is a double walled galvanized fount sitting on top of this whole setup.
    The coop is insulated 2x6 construction. The only heat inputs are this heater setup and 6 hours
    of a 40 watt light bulb set on a timer for added light. It has been working great, but the temperature
    has only gotten down to 0 degrees F outside of the coop, the real test will come with -40 and -50
    cold spells. Might have to upgrade to or add a higher watt oil pan heater when it gets way below.


    Edited for formatting, to add photo of the setup, and to give a performance update:
    It has been between -10 and +15 degrees for the past two days and this is working great.
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2012

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