Winter will be here sooner than ya know it.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by TreyShanks20, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. TreyShanks20

    TreyShanks20 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 29, 2015
    Columbus, Nebraska
    How can I keep my waters from freezing
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Heated dog bowls, metal base heater for the metal water fountains (some make a heater with cookie tin), plastic water fountains with built in heaters, rubber livestock bowls that stay thawed longer due to being black and can be flipped over to stomp out ice block and refilled (only works well if your around the house a lot) or a few other inventive ways people have come up with to provide water in winter.


    Last edited: Sep 28, 2015
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I like the rubber bowl, knock out and refill twice a day, don't have to worry about electricity.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    This is me, too. My climate is mild enough it doesn't freeze right away, so they've got a window of a few hours each time I fill it.
  5. RJSorensen

    RJSorensen Chicken George

    Perhaps not an answer to the original question, but for those of us who live in the colder places, I like to use a bucket heater and horizontal nipples as my supplier of liquid for my birds. Worked to -15 degrees for me this past winter. I have one in each of my two coops, everyone appreciates clean fresh water in the winter.



    Best to all and your birds,

    Last edited: Sep 29, 2015
  6. PowellAnimals

    PowellAnimals Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2015
    Muncy, Pennsylvania
    Where did you get the horizontal/side nipples? I purchased some watering nipples and turns out they only work vertically and have been having a hard time finding horizontal ones that don't cost an arm and a leg.
  7. RJSorensen

    RJSorensen Chicken George

    Well I usually buy from eBay or Amazon. eBay is cheapest, then Amazon and last place is my local feed store. At the feed store they are about $3.50 each, from eBay they are much less, but perhaps come in lots of ten. Amazon is in-between the other two. All of these nipples are sold in the USA by a person in Idaho, so they all come from the same place and are the same thing. They sell direct via eBay, perhaps on Amazon as well and wholesale to the feed stores. So if you just need one, go to the feed store, for five try Amazon and for larger amounts eBay is the price champ.

    Just search for horizontal nipple and you should be able to find them. I swear by these nipples, mostly trouble free, always seem to work winter or summer, well as long as you have a heater for winter use. [​IMG]

    Best to you and your birds,

  8. jlurch

    jlurch New Egg

    Mar 26, 2015
    Does that heating element have a name? Where for you get one?
  9. Storybook Farm

    Storybook Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2015
    Sugar Grove, WV
    My Coop
    Would a horse trough water heater be similar to what's pictured?
  10. RJSorensen

    RJSorensen Chicken George

    The bucket heater comes from Amazon, it is called ~ Farm Innovators Model H-49 Ice Chaser Cast Aluminum Submergible Bucket De-Icer, 250-Watt

    The ANSI number is B000FK03E8 which should bring it straight up for you. Regarding the stock tank heaters, these work better for chickens. They sit in the bottom of a five gallon bucket and the heat being near the nipples just gives stellar performance. We have stock, and use the stock heaters for cows and such, but with them we want a hole in the top of the ice for them to drink from.

    This setup is hands down the best setup for cold weather and chickens, the bucket heater comes with a built in thermostat so it only runs when it gets below forty degrees or so.

    Best to all and your birds,


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