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Offline Odin's Son

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Frozen chicken water
« on: January 02, 2018, 11:13:47 AM »
So I'm wondering how this community has kept their chicken water from freezing.  It really hasn't been much of a problem yet this winter but not that the high temp is in the teens and the low at night around 1 with windchill, how are yall keeping the chickens watered? The wife has a list of pintrest ideas but im wondering how real people have done it, not just some unknown source on pintrest.  thanks yall!

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Re: Frozen chicken water
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2018, 01:33:45 PM »
In northern Canada, I watered then 15 minutes 2-3x a day and then dump it. I didn't have electricity up to the barns, so it was the only way it was gonna happen. I led the cows and horses to a water tank twice a day, and dumped it as well..

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Re: Frozen chicken water
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2018, 01:46:51 PM »
Cedar's approach is more rustic than mine.  My birds drink from a 5 gallon bucket with nipples installed on the bottom.  I run an extension cord from the house to the chicken coop and plug in a small tank de-icer.  Has never failed me.  (Of course, I make sure to route the cords in such a way that there is no chance of the chickens gaining access to them.)

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Re: Frozen chicken water
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2018, 02:47:31 PM »
I rotate a few water cans twice a day.  Plus I run an extension cord to an electric dog water bowl. 

https://www.amazon.com/Pet-Products-Thermal-Bowl-Heated-96oz/dp/B000Y8GQ56/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1514929459&sr=8-3&keywords=heated+dog+water+bowl 




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Re: Frozen chicken water
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2018, 04:19:45 PM »

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Re: Frozen chicken water
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2018, 05:32:28 PM »
We  just dump the pan and refill 2-3 times a day. We might get a bowl heater someday, we do have elec out there.
But we're out there anyways.

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Re: Frozen chicken water
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2018, 09:31:09 AM »
Don't know the price of a heated bowl but a 50w fish tank heater is around $10.

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Re: Frozen chicken water
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2018, 09:53:29 AM »
Don't know the price of a heated bowl but a 50w fish tank heater is around $10.

 8) Thanks for that info. Yea I think dog bowls are 40-50 bucks.

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Re: Frozen chicken water
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2018, 10:06:22 AM »
The modern fish tank heaters are completely submersible.

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Re: Frozen chicken water
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2018, 10:35:18 PM »
We tried the light bulb/cinder block method with a thermocube.  It worked with a 60W bulb until temps hit the teens.  We picked up 100W bulbs and they worked until they just broke due to the huge temp differential.

Since we don't watch tv, we took down the sat dishes the previous owner put up.  One dish had an ice zapper dish heater on it.  I removed it and put it under the metal chicken waterer, connected it to the thermocube, and it works great!  I wouldn't pay the $110 they want for an ice zapper, but it turned out to be a good re-purposing.

We did find a heated dog bowl at a yard sale for $15, and used that last year before we got the metal can.

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Re: Frozen chicken water
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2018, 01:57:31 PM »
I have power in the coop, so I got one of these from tractor supply. Works great so far.
https://www.farmandfleet.com/products/932499-harris-farms-heated-poultry-drinker-base.html

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Re: Frozen chicken water
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2018, 02:23:35 PM »
We picked up a fish tank heater while in town. $15.00 at wallys.
Thanks for that info chad.

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Re: Frozen chicken water
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2018, 02:41:41 PM »
We picked up a fish tank heater while in town. $15.00 at wallys.
Thanks for that info chad.

Glad I could help.