I’m out here in the cold with our little chicken coop. I just wanted to kind of share how we’re keeping the water system from freezing and how we’re giving to the chickens a little bit heat here in the winter time
if you’re anywhere in the Midwest or northern half of the country, this November in 2014, you’ll know that we have a big cold full the wave that came through it so it’s about 25 to 30 degrees every day here
and so I’ve had a chance to test out the heating system. I kind of put on here and it’s been working pretty well so I’ll share what we have it is kind of temporary for this year
I plan to make a little bit more permanent next year but this this seems to be working pretty good so far so I’ll bring the clothes on the water system and then I’ll show you how we have heat tool and hooked up inside only voters in the wintertime
we have to carry the water out instead of using the hose but we just basically bring one of these out in the morning and and collect up the eggs so it’s not that big of a deal but just pour it in the top
For my watering system, basically there’s a 2-inch piece of PVC pipe. That’s hung inside the coop here that wraps up and round goes inside the coop. There’s another leg of it on the inside and it has the little chicken watering nipples on it and then the pipe on the inside comes up and comes out here
and then this is the little fill where we fill up the watering system and so all I’ve done for this year is I bought just some of this water pipe heat cable and basically this just runs along the bottom of this piece of look.
They’re gonna try to eat my finger, the the heat tape runs along the bottom of this two-inch PVC pipe and it actually runs all the way up and then I have it looped back down and back again and then I have it wrapped with just some regular it’s called pipe insulation
it comes in a roll and you just wrap that insulation around the around the whole thing here and then I have it wrapped with duct tape and there’s actually foil back tape .
it’s a little bit nicer looking this is kind of looks uh doesn’t look that great but works very well so if you do the foil back tape, it actually ends up looking a little bit nicer but duct tape will work just fine too
so that’s basically what we have and as you can see they’re drinking off of it just fine and it’s like I said in the 20s maybe it might be up to thirty thirty-one right now but definitely been below freezing
and so the idea here is that keeping it hot at the bottom the the hot water will kind of slowly rise up through the system the inside of the coop should be comfortable or above the freezing temperature also but the coldest water will kind of fall to the bottom and then be heated and then just continue to kind of rise up so that’s the idea anyway up here
we don’t keep it that full so that they’re sitting water in this pipe, we try to just keep it filled up to the inside level so the water level kind of fill up to here inside and that way it’s not exposed out here because this will freeze if there’s too much water on the outside here
so but I’ll show you the inside and it’s and show you what we’re doing in there . right now I have some extension cords rigged up out here which this won’t be again permanent solution. I’ll run electricity out here next year but haven’t had time you get around to that this year so we’ll go ahead and check out the inside
all right so here’s the inside of the watering system. there’s no insulation or anything on that because this inside of the coop is kept warmer at least above freezing because we have a heat lamp
it’ll kind of wrap around here and show that it’s just kind of up on the ceiling here and it’s just a standard heat I have the one we used when they were whenever baby chicks and this is actually plugged into.
This kind of handy little outlet here. this this little outlet and just plugged into a branch of that extension cord. this is a special temperature controlled outlet and this turns on if the temperature gets below
we’re down to 32 degrees and the heat lamp will then come on and it’ll stay on until he talked to you about 40 and then it shut off and so it’s not on right now because the inside of coop was was warm enough if I leave the door open too long honey turn back on again but so that’s how that works
now just provides up a little extra heat during the during the night and keeps it a little bit warmer inside the coop here even with the door open I keep the little window closed in the back
now there’s enough cracks and stuff in the top for that a little bit of airflow to get in here we close the door at night time and it’s been keeping it nice and warm for them
so you’re on the water not frozen again if you got something to drink in here as well so that’s been working pretty well
well hopefully that’s given you a few ideas on how to keep your water and your your chickens from freezing in the winter time as I said here it’s been real cold this week
so it’s been kind of a good test of all the heating system. the nice thing about is that both the light inside and the heating tape that goes on the on the water system is all temperature controlled so they only come on whenever the temperature drops below 40 degrees or whatever it just keeps everything from freezin
so they’ve been pretty happy they actually like the extra light in the coop at nighttime anyway help to bring them in a little bit earlier and you know so far they’ve been laying still consistently six eggs a day and there’s six chickens
so it doesn’t seem to make makes much of a difference for them but so hopeful just gave you some ideas.