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Re: Chicken waterers in winter [Re: k snow] #6828417
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We carry 2 gallons of water every day to the chicken coop. Before we fill the pail, we bang out all the Ice then pour the water in. Do this every single darn day during the winter. Easiest thing up here!


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Re: Chicken waterers in winter [Re: k snow] #6828451
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Re: Chicken waterers in winter [Re: k snow] #6828504
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I use a submersible bird bath heater inside a 5 gallon bucket of water. Horizontal nipples. Has worked down to -15F without freezing up. Heater has an internal thermostat that kicks off at around +40F. The commercial versions with insulated buckets and designed for this purpose would probably be better. But as for the horizontal nipples, spring for them is inside the bucket in the unfrozen water, and they do not freeze. Horizontal nipples in general work pretty well. Even day old chicks can figure out how to drink from them. And it enables you to keep the water clean. Any of the inverted bell jar devices I've tried to use with a ring of open water quickly get soiled and nasty.

Neighbor down the road uses one of the thermostat controlled hot pans under his galvanized heater. He says it never freezes.

BTW, for those of you using heat lamps inside chicken houses, a lot of chicken coops have burnt to the ground from using those. I can only imagine what kind of setups some of the inexperienced folks tried to use that caused them to burn down, but it has happened. FWIW.

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Re: Chicken waterers in winter [Re: k snow] #6828508
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I have a 5gal food grade waterer that I added several horizontal nipples to. During the winter I add a floating stock tank heater to the bucket that has a small notch in the lid for the cord. For the most part, this keeps the water flowing. When it gets down below 0*, the nipples freeze up, but that isn't the norm.

Re: Chicken waterers in winter [Re: k snow] #6828529
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Rubber feed pan, you can stomp any ice out and it donít break.

Re: Chicken waterers in winter [Re: Jurassic Park] #6828570
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Originally Posted by Jurassic Park
We carry 2 gallons of water every day to the chicken coop. Before we fill the pail, we bang out all the Ice then pour the water in. Do this every single darn day during the winter. Easiest thing up here!


Pretty much the same here - rubber bowl and kick the ice out in mornings - fillerer up, repeat when frozen. Rubber bowls can take a pounding and thats what I give. Tried all the fancy heated things and they don't last or hold up.

Re: Chicken waterers in winter [Re: k snow] #6828578
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We have no heat in our coop and only one LED light on the run. Whatever the outside temp is it's not far from that inside. We use a electric dog dish on a couple cinder blocks. We keep it off the floor to keep the scratch out and have an angled piece of wood on it so they can't walk or roost over it. This helps it stay clean. One bowl holds a gallon of H2O good for a day or 2 with 15 hens.

Re: Chicken waterers in winter [Re: k snow] #6828683
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Heater on bottom of the waterer.

Re: Chicken waterers in winter [Re: k snow] #6828688
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As long as there's snow in the outside run I worry a lot less. Tho still try and make sure they can get to water at least once per day

Re: Chicken waterers in winter [Re: k snow] #6829038
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Hey K Snow. I am absolutely with Yukon Jeff on this one. I have three of the Farm Innovators 2 gallon poultry drinkers and I will never go back. They are thermostatically controlled and don't freeze up. You can set them on anything or hang them by the handle. Even better, you fill them from the top! With nipples and no open tray of water, the water inside is pristine. I can take a gallon pitcher out and just lift the top and pour it in without moving or tipping the waterer. I have had so many types of heated waterers, heated bases, everything. This is by far the best I've encountered. I found a short video from 2017. Must have been when they were new.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVez4dK4hpU

By the way, the reason I have three with only a handful of hens is because I have one in the coop, one in the run and one hanging under our front porch. I would hate to inconvenience the girls by making them go out of their way for fresh water. laugh


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Re: Chicken waterers in winter [Re: k snow] #6829075
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We nevah had any heat in our coop...just bought the hearty birds. And a hot plate. But my son said ...a lot of folks on the Chicken forum ,just use the 2 bucket system in the wintah


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Re: Chicken waterers in winter [Re: k snow] #6829116
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Patrice, that's like my setup only mine catches the rain water. its 55 gallons.


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Re: Chicken waterers in winter [Re: Nessmuck] #6829119
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After I bought the Farm Innovators heated waterers, I took my entire collection of heated bases and heated waterers and gave them all away. I don't need to do a thing with these new waterers. The water inside is always liquid AND CLEAN! I can see the water level from outside the waterer and as long as there is power to the coop, the water is the last thing in the world I have to think about or tend to. I'll never go back to waterers with trays where the water can get fouled (pun intended). The girls are heathier and always have fresh clean, liquid water - even outside in the run and under the house - all winter. I am done with all other waterers!


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Re: Chicken waterers in winter [Re: minklessinpa] #6829126
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Originally Posted by minklessinpa
Patrice, that's like my setup only mine catches the rain water. its 55 gallons.

Nice! As spoiled as the girls are here, 55 gallons would probably be too much, even for them! grin


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