Put antifreeze and what's happens to chickens the rooster for sure he'll be a Frozen cuck.
A heated dog bowls the answer they never freeze and they work like you wouldn't believe!
That's pretty cool .
Do you have problems with coyotes with free-range chickens ?
local tire stores will give you free old used tires because it costs them a couple bucks each to dump them in a landfill.
Great idea. Wind-Chill only affects living tissue. put styrofoam under bottom of tire and pan.
The problem I have with open waterers is , baby chickens drawn. I free range too, and I think its important for babies and moms to run around and eat from the forest ground.
Electric water trough heaters can get pretty expensive in Colorado in the winter. An Amish fellow down the road built an insulated surround for his large trough, painted it black to absorb sunlight, then made an access hole in the top just large enough for his horse to stick his nose through to get a drink. That worked for him for a 150 gallon trough. He still has to hand fill it daily.
Forget this tire business.
Get yourself some good quality vodka and add it to the water. Alcohols dont freeze until 40 below. It works for russians.
Use only drinking alcohols, athers are poisoned.
Chickens will love it.
Years ago in Greenfield Missouri in the deep Ozarks my two uncle's married two of my mom's sisters to water cattle in the winter...in a large metal watering trough they would lay a cleaned trunk of a tree about a foot across; they put one end in to the bottom of the tank and the other end would lay out opposite side (remember I was a kid) seems three feet, so instead of chopping ice they could stir the water and it never got frozen .
Now rancher and farms have electric water tanks for the winter.
pack the tire with damp dead leaves or straw.
as plants rot they give off warmth.
In missouri this will help but also is NOT fool proof.
hell in michigan when we get 20 below winter even the electric heaters freeze solid that might work well as a fall waterer where we average around 30 deg fahrenheit at night 40 in the day.
during winter we use lp ,gasoline or wood heaters to keep the critters warm
The person with the antifreeze unless you hate animals I would advise you not to use antifreeze with water the animals will surely die
just out some anti freeze in the water no big deal
won't work if you really live where it gets below freezing. I promise you that it will freeze just as fast as the one with no insulation or salt water bottle or whatever else you dream up.
I agree, great idea, I have large truck tires (48 in. tall) that I will put in the pen for bulk solar heating. I have spare tires laying around for the waters. Just had to buy the black stock feeders and a few balls.
awesome idea. I am going to try it for my outside dog. :)
I'm going to do the tire trick tomorrow for my chickens
I'm going to try this. You think a handful of ping pong balls would work better than that big ball?
That is brilliant. We got temps here in NC that went down to 7 degrees and our chicken water kept freezing. I put a waterer in the mobile coop and buried it in the bedding and it stayed thawed, so I was thinking of building some box with insulation in it. The tire is a much better idea. Thanks for sharing!