It gets really cold here in the winter. There are times it doesn’t get much higher then zero so keeping the chickens water in a liquid form can be quite a challenge. I spent several years hauling warm water out several times a day to melt the ice in the waterers. Let me tell you, it’s not fun. It’s also not real healthy for the chickens. One of the biggest problems chickens face in the winter is moisture in their coop. If you take them warm water, steam is going to come off of it until its cool. If their water container is inside the coop then you’re adding moisture to the coop with every water refill. Bad idea. So what can you do to make sure your chickens always have water to drink and aren’t just beating their beaks against the ice?
- Lisa Murano
Raising chickens, teenagers, pets, flowers, herbs and growing our own food on 25 acres in the hills of western Pennsylvania....and doing it all as cheaply as possible!
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