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Water freezing
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JIM - WEST TX.    Posted 10-31-2002 at 07:36:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just trying to get some ideas about how to keep my pigs water from freezing up. I raise them in an outside pen, with a Port-a-shelter, but the water is exposed to the elements. One of these day's I'm gonna have to build a barn.

Jerry S    Posted 11-01-2002 at 11:05:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I re read your first post again and the part about building a barn. You don't want to build anything too fancy as a hog can tear up a steel cannonball given enough time. We make hog sheds out of scrap 2x4's and tin and maybe buy new material for the roof to keep it dry. Everything else will get torn up eventually. Don't go putting a hog pen around a prefectly nice new pole barn.

Jim W.Texas    Posted 11-04-2002 at 06:54:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, I was thinking about a barn not just for hogs, but for mabey chickens and a cow or two. The Winters are pretty sever out here in West Texas. Winds always blowing. Lots of Snow and Ice.
I figured with a barn, I could run a waterline underground from the well to the barn, and would'nt have to worry about frozen water in the winter.

gary    Posted 09-12-2005 at 00:14:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
we are trying to figure out how to keep our horses water from freezing we dont have electric running out to our pasture but we do have a garden hose does anyone know of a solar device to hook to a tank to keep it from freezing we get tired in the winter busting ice with a hammer

debbie peters    Posted 12-04-2007 at 10:43:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
our water for our horses keeps freezing but cant afford much what can be done from their water freezing in the barn

Ludwig    Posted 11-01-2002 at 13:02:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
A friend of mine had 4H hogs when we were little and his dad would cut any poplar saplings anybody would let him haul away. He made the pens out of those saplings with a pipe set for the corners. Each sapling had a hole bored at the end for the corner. Said that the pen would last one summer, which was how long the hogs would last too.
Repainted the pipe in and out during the winter.
The nice thing about that pen was that with some rollers and poles you could move it, hogs and all, to wherever you wanted. He terraformed some really rocky, stumpy, cruddy land into nice pasture in a few years with minimal outlay and minor labor.

DeadCarp - bury the tank    Posted 11-01-2002 at 03:13:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
The ground doesn't freeze there does it? If not, just build up a dirt pile, (fancy as you want)sink the tank into it and let ground heat wick up & keep it from freezing. It always wants to be 50 degrees 6 feet down so it doesn't take much...

Jim (Mi)    Posted 10-31-2002 at 09:29:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
What about a water airrater. Fishers use them to keep their minnows alive. All you need to do is keep the water aggitated, and it will not freeze. Or a boat airrator (bubbler). a lot of people use these in their canals up here so they do not have to pull their boats out for the winter. They just sit under the boat on the bottom and send up bubbles. Course these might scare the pigs though.

Jerry S    Posted 10-31-2002 at 09:26:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Being in Texas, you ought to be in better shape than some of us. I would go with the concept that the larger the vessel of water, the longer it takes to freeze. The hogs will also eat the ice if they can get it broken a little. I tend to just use hot water heater tanks cut in half and weld legs on them to keep them from tipping over. have two or three out there so when one is frozen full, use the next one. Hogs are fairly easy keepers for the most part. You can also put some warm water in there to get them more drinking time before it freezes. I always like to feed them first so they can drink more right at the time I water them.

Mike w    Posted 10-31-2002 at 09:07:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just curious, has anyone tried a water circulating pump? We have used them to keep water open around boats and even to keeping a gold fish pond open.

kraig WY    Posted 10-31-2002 at 08:13:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get a stock tank heater. I have to use them in all my stock tanks/pig wateres. With pigs and cows you have to rig them so the animal can't get to them or the cord cause they'll tear them up. Cows are the worst about playing with heaters.

jimp    Posted 10-31-2002 at 10:45:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use stock tank heaters for my Labe here in Colorado. I put the cord through a peice pf pipe (PVC ) for them and secure it to the heater and the fence. They cant get to it to tear it up or pull it out of the water.

PatM    Posted 10-31-2002 at 11:13:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good idea, using pvc. My cows haven't messed wtith the heater much.

I'm by Elizabeth, CO. where are you?

JIM-W.Texas    Posted 10-31-2002 at 12:54:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for all the good ideas.

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