How to keep animal's water from freezing in winter without electricity?
November 29, 2012 7:16 AM Subscribe
I'd like to heat up a rock or piece of metal to drop in my chicken's water source to warm it up. What should I use?
posted by cda to Pets & Animals (36 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I cut a whole in a large insulated water storage container
. I put a ceramic plate inside on the bottom so I could drop something hot in the water and not burn the plastic. What should I heat up and how should I heat it up?
I suppose I could boil water and add it to a mason jar and then set the mason jar in the water. I have also thought of rocks and something small made of cast iron. Do you have a better idea?
There is no electricity in the chicken coop. I heat my house with electric heaters so I would have to heat the object by boiling water or in a toaster oven. Or??
I do have a nice solar oven I could use. Not sure if it works on a cloudy day. About half our days are cloudy here in the winter.
My goal is to lessen the times I have to remove solid ice blocks from the water storage. I'm trying to cut down on my labor. Last year I had two rubber bowls. I switched out the bowls every day because the water froze solid every night.