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Keeping Chicken Water-er from Freezing...
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Baggsy-Wy    Posted 09-24-2002 at 19:37:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've got a few chickens and use a 5 gallon galvanized waterer, the kind with a lid that latches on. How can I winterize it to keep it from freezing, or what kind of waterer can I get that won't freeze. Frost expected by the weekend and I better figure something out before the wife figures out I didn't figure it out. Thanks!

Thoroughbred    Posted 09-25-2002 at 05:54:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am new here and don't have chickens but use tank heaters with our horses.

A company named American Livestock Supply has many choices of heaters/deicers.

I would suggest the flat back busket that you could run the wire through a wall.

Go to:

for the website.

If I can answer any more questions please let me know.


Promise Land Ranch    Posted 09-25-2002 at 05:24:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here it gets below zero often and just a light bulb doesn't keep the water free of ice so we use a farrowing mat that way we can heat 2 or 3 waterers at a time.

Lazy Al    Posted 09-25-2002 at 04:34:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I take a 5 gal plastic pail and cut a hole in the
side way up . Then got a reflector light and put a 25 watt light bulb in it and hang it so the
reflector is just at the top of the pail . They
drink from the side . stands alot of cold before
it freezes . I put two over the horse tank and
fence it off so the live stock can't play with it
and put two 100 watt bulbs there .That don't totally stop it but I don't chip ice out all
winter . don't cost much to run

Tom A    Posted 09-25-2002 at 04:10:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have the same waterer, and set it on a heater we bought from Southern States. Cost about $35.

Now that I've seen it, though, I realize you can build one yourself for a little less: it is really just a short round galvanized feeding pan with a flat birdbath heater attached underneath. It stays just warm enough to keep the waterer from freezing but doesn't burn much electricity. We hook it up in late fall (a couple of frosty nights won't freeze a 3-5 gal waterer, takes hours at temps in the 20s) and leave it plugged in til spring.


Fawteen    Posted 09-25-2002 at 03:48:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey, Steve, long time!

If ya got 'lectricity anywhere near the coop, easiest way is to use a birdbath deicer. Looks like a bigger version of the coil you can pop in yer coffee cup to make a quick cuppa.

I use mine in a rubber horse bucket so as not to have to worry about things shorting out.

If not, next best thing I can think of is some sort of styrofoam jacket for the bucket, but I suspect the birds would peck at that.

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