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Frozen chicken water solution?

how to prevent water from freezing in a automatic bucket waterer

Ice and Easy de-icer + 4 feet of Reflectix= Experimental chicken water heater.

We'll know in the morning if this will be good enough to keep the automatic chicken nipple from freezing.

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will be setting up a similar watering system for my hens this winter here in NW corner of lower Michigan. It's below freezing most of the winter (Nov - March)here, and occasionally below zero. Will be using a double-wall reservoir with heat element wrapped between walls, plus a lamp shining on nipples from below. Trying to decide if reflective material across from the lamp will be worthwhile (reflect lamp heat)in creating even more warmth around nipples. Very interested in suggestions and shared experiences to guide me. I'm new at this!
Comment by andrea Wed Aug 29 12:15:50 2012
Andrea --- Since writing this post, we've done a lot more experiments with heated chicken waterers. You can see our favorite version here, which is a bit like the one you describe and worked down into the teens last winter. I hope that helps!
Comment by anna Wed Aug 29 16:57:49 2012

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