Keep Your Chickens’ Water From Freezing- No Electricity Needed!
There are few things more annoying and frustrating to me than having to trudge out to the chicken coop, and dig a block of ice out of a traditional chicken water dispenser multiple times a day.
All the while, freezing my butt off because I don’t want to put full winter gear on that many times a day.
While we may not have sub arctic temperatures here in Virginia, we definitely have a lot of winter days below freezing.
Here are some methods I have learned to keep our chickens’ water from freezing repeatedly during the winter days.
1.Use a large black rubber water bowl. The dark color will absorb heat all day, and release it at night. Really, any dark colored container will work. I have an old canner that works beautifully.
2. Float a ping pong ball in the water. Any slight wind will move the ball around, and help keep your chickens’ water from freezing.
3. Start off with warm water. I take the water kettle out to the chickens every morning, and add the leftover hot water (from making my morning cup of decaf) to their water bowls. They love the lukewarm water it creates, and it gives the water a nice warm head start to the day.
Of course, in extremely cold areas of the world, even these measures will not keep the water from freezing, and you will probably need to dump out a block of ice, and refill with fresh water a couple times a day, or get an electric heated waterer.
However, here in Virginia, if I follow these methods, I can keep my chickens’ water from freezing almost all winter!