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I have been going in and out with hot water to keep the chickens water from freezing (and also the garden birds water) but read here previously something about putting an oil in the water (olive?). Does this stop it freezing?
What do you all do to keep the water freezing?
Sorry if this is repeating a thread but i've not been on for a while and am having a problem trying to catch up.
Good to be back on.
I had success with putting olive oil in the girls water yesterday, today I did the same but it has formed a thin ice crust (easy to break) so have been out to the girls a couple of times, it has been much better than previously when I had ice sculptures from the water feeders, I just took a jug of lukewarm water out with me and the girls were drinking from the jug! I definitely think the olive oil makes a difference but today has been exceptinally cold, as said in a previous post I have big red nose and frostbite fingers!! They seem to be pecking at the snow so maybe they get some water from that??
Apple cider vinegar in the water.
A couple of balls to stop the water freezing completely. I have to say I take mine in of a night and it is under the tarpulin in the day.
If you have access to one, an electric dog bowl is a nice thing, I put a rubber stock bowl under mine to act as a perch for the hens and to minimize splashing. It also radiates more heat up to the water. Also use apple cider vinegar and it makes the dish much nicer to wipe down. Some will put a red light over the bowl for heat...not sure how much you need in the UK, though I heard you have had some cold and snow...( I did not send that!)
There are also ways to make an insulated base for a bowl, requires things like an old wooden crate and some foam insulation you can cut to put underneath- remember the foam should not be in contact with the birds.
I think in your climate bringing some warm water along will probably be the easiest thing...
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Thank you all for your replies - I do use apple cider vinegar... but it still seems to freeze over on the top. Just wanted to know what everybody else does to manage. You know "best practice" and always happy to try new things.
It has been very cold here too! The chickens water seems to be ok. I checked several times today. There was a thin ice layer on the water, but the chickens just peck it and get to the water that way. Mine also seem to eat snow.
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Hi There, I found that a large terracotta flower pot turned up side down with a hurricane parrafin lanturn underneath it ( got in 99p shop) on a low light lasts about 3 days and uses about 1/3 cup of parrifin and a gulvanize water feeder on top of the pot, Ive kept it out side under a lean too in all the snow and frosts and it has not froze at all as it keeps the water above freezing. .
I stopped worrying when I realised they are pecking the snow!
I have two containers and we change them over during the day. But if it is still like this when I go back to work I know they will be getting some from the snow.
I also put some big green leaves out for them. They don't eat them but they did delicately strip the ice off the leaves and eat that! Very odd to watch!
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