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    Main issue is our coop is quite far from the house and mains water, hence installing the water-butt and rainwater collection. I haven't found out yet how cold it has to be to freeze a water-butt but I figure it will freeze as it sits very still. Maybe on those days we just have to slog down with fresh water.

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    Probably will only help fractionally but what about lagging your butt - bubble wrap, old wool blanket etc.
    Leave a bottle/ bucket in the butt to take water out of the top (yes, I am enjoying say 'butt')

    Unfortunately not much can be done about the tap side of things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    Main issue is our coop is quite far from the house and mains water, hence installing the water-butt and rainwater collection. I haven't found out yet how cold it has to be to freeze a water-butt but I figure it will freeze as it sits very still. Maybe on those days we just have to slog down with fresh water.
    If it's a plastic water butt they will often split if left to freeze too many times so covering it as NG had suggested may help.

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    If it was closer I might get an aquarium heater and dunk it in, for brewing I have a temperature probe so can set it to an arbitrary target temp like 2C. But it would mean trailing an extension lead a long way. If we get a forecast of a week of freezing temperatures I might bother... in the UK obviously it's not reliably cold enough to bother with this stuff in most cases.
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    I assume you check on the chooks every day - so carry a watering can of water with you when you do. No need for heaters and electrics!!
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    How many birds are we talking about? can you not put bottles of water in a wheel barow (you can even get proper 50l wheelbarrow bottles if needs be) and take to from the house to the chooks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    First proper frost has frozen our taps and the drinker.

    We use a water butt but that will freeze in prolonged frost.

    Any tips how to deal with this? I don't suppose there are any non toxic alternatives to salt you can add to water and keep it from freezing? Or should I try to give them hot water to warm then up?
    When we had hens in the garden I used to coat the drinkers in veg oil before filling with water, and dropped a bulb of garlic in the drink tray. The oil stops it freezing right to the edge and the girls would move the garlic which broke the ice.. only a real hard freeze caused problems

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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    We use a water butt but that will freeze in prolonged frost.
    d000hg

    Please consider all your friends and backyard poultry keepers. You really should not be watering your chickens with rain water if it could be contaminated with bird droppings.

    A water butt can be used for a local store, but it must be clean, covered and filled from a clean water supply. I'm sure many of the ideas listed will help you deal with frozen water, but you should review the biosecurity advice detailed below and look at what improvement are possible.

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-in...ecurity-advice

    And here is an extract on how AI is spread..

    How avian influenza is spread
    The disease spreads from bird to bird by direct contact or through contaminated body fluids and faeces. It can also be spread by contaminated feed and water or by dirty vehicles, clothing and footwear.
    The avian influenza virus changes frequently, creating new strains, and there is a constant risk that one of the new strains may spread easily among people. But there is no evidence that any recent strain of avian influenza has been able to spread directly between people.
    Avian influenza isnít an airborne disease.
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