keeping the chooks' water frost free

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  1. blomskogfarm

    blomskogfarm New Member

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    I would like to be able to leave home in the winter for a few days at a time. How do I keep my chickens' water from freezing? I am looking for a non-electric solution since my home is off the grid and runs on a small solar electric system.

    Any ideas would be appreciated.

    In Minnesota, USA . . .

    Thanks, Chris
     
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    Hi Chris,

    I'll imagine that you're seeing some very cold temperatures in Minnesota! I can only think of two ways to keep your chook water liguid...and one entails using a small, DC powered electric pump to keep the water moving, perhaps cycling it through an insulated storage tank. Could your off-grid system support a small pump during times of your absence?

    Another possibility involves some sort of insulated thermal mass to store and transfer heat to the watering container...creating a very localized microclimate. This might be a little labor intensive to dig out a deep volume, insulate the bottom and sides, fill with rocks or concrete, then perhaps cover with an insulating cap that has a hole cut-out just the size of your water container. This might provide enough stored heat to prevent a total freeze-up, especially if it was protected on the top and three sides (which would only allow the chooks access from one side).

    There are some RV/marine drinking water anti-freeze solutions that are considered safe to drink, but I'm not sure I'd want to have my egg-producers drinking it. 8)

    Anyhow, a couple of ideas that may (or may not) have some merit.

    9anda1f
     
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    Didn't we used to put a ping pong ball in the water to keep some of it unfrozen? I don't think it'd keep the water warm, but would it help?
     

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