1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    Not a member yet? join BYC here & then introduce yourself in our community forum here.

YEAH! No more frozen water in a coop without electricity!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickchick, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. chickchick

    chickchick In the Brooder

    Nov 13, 2007
    Portland, Oregon
    Well I'm sure this may be old news to many but to me who is new to chicken care this year I was so pleased to figure out a way to keep my chickens' water from freezing WITHOUT having electricity out to their coop.

    I filled a hot water bottle with near-boiling water and placed it inside their waterer in the evening. Even when it froze outside their water was fine. Here in the northwest we don't have to worry about it freezing in the day so it is only necessary at night.

    YEAH! Happy chickens again...
  2. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    Wow. That's a great idea! I was bringing in the waterer at night and filling it with warm water in the morning to get them through the day..but some days I would have to go out and break the ice.

    Very cool idea [​IMG]
  3. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Songster

    Very clever! [​IMG]

  4. Zah-zah

    Zah-zah In the Brooder

    Nov 8, 2007
    Quote:That's because it take warm water less time to freeze then cold water. (something about the molecules, don't know why exactly but it's true)
  5. MiaPia

    MiaPia In the Brooder

    Jan 30, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    What a great idea! How cold does it get where you are? I'm thinking this might be a trick I need to try next winter when I'll have my first chickens outside!
  6. steveo

    steveo Songster

    Dec 9, 2007
    Poland, Maine
    I just ran an extension cord out to my coop for power. Actually it is like two or three extension cords together lol.
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member 10 Years

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    That is one great idea! I wish I would have known that years ago when I lived up north.
  8. chickchick

    chickchick In the Brooder

    Nov 13, 2007
    Portland, Oregon
    Thanks, I hope it can be of use to some people and their cold chickens!

    I tried it when we got real cold, which here is hovering right around 26 F. I was so relieved to find a way to keep the wate from freezing without electricity since DH would never allow me to bring out a cord, way too MR Safety, but in a smart and good way...mostly...

    Thanks for reading!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: