Originally Posted by homesteadingnky
I'm looking for ideas to keep the waterer in my chicken tractor from freezing. This winter the watering will be difficult. I am going back to school so I won't have near as much time to fool with the frozen waterer. Any ideas on how I might be able to use a small solar panel and some type of heater to keep it from freezing. I'm really clueless on what my options are. In the past I have swapped out waterers while the one thawed out.
IMHO, It's not practical to set up a solar power system to keep your waters from freezing 24/7.
Since they'll only drink when it's light out.
There's no need to keep water available overnight.
I use a Duraflex rubber pan that the ice can be easily popped out of.
If it's real cold, I use a DC aquarium/bait aerator to keep the water from freezing.
If you should decide to go the heater route.
There are pigeon waterers that'll work with as small as a 25 watt incandescent bulb.
Waterer 218C and fountain heater 294 are pictured at the following link: