Keeping chicken waterers thawed without a heater
We've been sharing inventive
designs for heated
chicken waterers all
month, but we also got several emails from folks who keep their
chickens' water thawed using no electricity and just a bit of careful
management. Although we've enjoyed the freedom that a heated
waterer gives us to go out of town in the winter, we don't want you to
think you need a heated waterer to keep
your flock healthy in the winter. Until this year, we just
followed the lead of the folks below, and the extra bit of work was no
Your chicken waterers work well. The winter is a problem here in Michigan. However I have found that once a day a gallon of hot tap water poured into the 5 gallon white bucket with 3 waterers after the ice is broken out will usually suffice til the next day when you repeat the process. One white bucket for each 3 chickens. You have to feed up and collect eggs anyway so it isn't really a back breaker. However, a submersible heater in each bucket would be a better but a little more expensive idea. Keep up the good work.
Well this morning it was 10
but no problem. Just bring in the plastic jug the night before
that has been made into a chicken waterer and let it set by stove so
for those 10 mornings it will be nice and warm. I use a couple hay
strings to tie it to rafter so it is easy to install and take
down. I use a gallon vinegar jug so the hay string goes through
the handle and slips over the top and the lip on the jug spout thus
keeping the hay string in place.
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