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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by colt1, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. colt1

    colt1 Hatching

    Sep 12, 2011
    can anyone give me any suggestions on how to keep my water from freezing .i live in central ontario canada.

  2. Time-Out

    Time-Out Songster

    Jun 29, 2011
    The Peak District, UK
    I'm trying to figure the same thing out myself. I'm planning on insulating the coop in the hopes that helps, but if not, I thought about lagging the pvc pipe, but then I'd need another pipe over the top to stop the hens pecking the foam... [​IMG]
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    There really aren't many choices. A heated dog water bowl is probably the easiest, or you can build a heater for your waterer for a few bucks with a cookie tin and lamp socket -- if you have power. Some use those large black rubber livestock pans because they are easy to break ice out of.
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Quote:I agree. The over-sized heated dog dishes are inexpensive and work very well. I find the bowl itself to be too limiting on water, so I just set a small, one gallon pail into the bucket and it works like a charm. Once we get down to -20F, I am carrying water twice a day. Nothing works at those temps. The hens appreciate the warm water anyhow. Thank goodness, it only gets that cold for a few weeks.
  5. snogs

    snogs In the Brooder

    Sep 6, 2011
    Do the heated waterers and water bowls get that slime coating?
  6. carolinasculpture

    carolinasculpture Songster

    Mar 21, 2010
    Hi! I use the heated dog bowl, but they do get it messy pretty quickly. So, no, they don't get slimy because you have to clean them and re-fill at least once a day.

  7. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    We bought a heated dog bowl for our dog and it quit after one winter. DH is reluctant to buy another (for the dog or the chickens). I'm planning to make a cookie tin heater.
  8. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Which is why I like setting a small pail into the heated bowl, rather than trying to constantly fill and clean the dog bowl itself. That isn't fun in zero weather. By having a few pails, I head out to the coop with a full pail and just swap out the old one. I bring the old pail into the house to clean and I always have a pail to fill and take out on my next trip to the coop.
  9. mons02035

    mons02035 Chirping

    Aug 4, 2010
    Carmel, Maine
    If you switch to using the bucket with nipples, I use a small shatter proof fish tank heater about 25Watts.

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