Winter waterer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Slaphappy, Nov 9, 2019.

  1. Slaphappy

    Slaphappy Chirping

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    So I thought I'd have another month to see ife this but mother nature and Chicagoland weather had it's mind made up already.

    I currently have two 5 gallon buckets with horizontal nipples as my waterer. I am looking for you expierence in Chicago and northern us on what is best to use.

    Fish tanker heater in my waterer
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000OQRJSG/?tag=backy-20

    Stock tank like below for heater for my waterer
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002QXN1H8/?tag=backy-20

    Something like this
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005BV1WLE/?tag=backy-20

    Or something like this
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002DHBQQ/?tag=backy-20

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. sorce

    sorce Songster

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    I'm about to just bring water out in the morning, and periodically throughout the day.

    Sorce
     
  3. Ted_Harrell

    Ted_Harrell Songster

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    Since your birds are already used to the horizontal water nipples. I would go with the third one down, the bucket that already has the heater built in. Just my opinion though...
     
  4. Slaphappy

    Slaphappy Chirping

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    Thank you for your opinion
     
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  5. jreardon1918

    jreardon1918 Songster

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    It was 21f here in SE mass this morning. Our 5 gallon bucket was working perfectly. There were several places in the yard that froze and still have ice. This setup works well for us.
     

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  6. jreardon1918

    jreardon1918 Songster

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    It was 21F here in SE mass this morning. Our 5 gallon bucket with 250 watt stock tank heater was working perfectly. There were several places in the yard that froze and still have ice. This setup works well for us.
     

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  7. Slaphappy

    Slaphappy Chirping

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    Does that just dangle in the bucket. Guessing it cannot touch the plastic ?
     
  8. jreardon1918

    jreardon1918 Songster

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    It sits on the bottom of the bucket. It keeps the water slightly above freezing. By keeping it on the bottom of the bucket, I think I am keeping the water below the nipples above freezing.
     
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  9. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Crowing

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    If you want to keep about the same amount of water in with your chickens but only buy one heater I would suggest what I have. I use a semi clear 11 gallon tote with lid, horizontal nipples, and a 250 watt stock tank deicer. It has kept my water thawed down to the lowest temperatures it has gotten here, -22 F. Not sure how much lower it will work.
     
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