It’s winter in New England at 1840 Farm. The temperature has dropped and snowflakes were falling when I walked from the farmhouse to the coop this morning. It’s only a matter of time before my least favorite harbinger of winter will appear.
I know that any day now, I’ll open the coop’s main door to find a waterer that has frozen solid during the night. It’s an unfortunate part of the winter chicken keeping experience. Last year, I labeled myself The Ice Queen and shared my struggle to keep water flowing inside our coop.
For days, I received comments from members of The Community Chickens Community with helpful suggestions. It was wonderful to hear from so many of you and learn more about your creative solutions to such a simple and persistent problem.
Now I’d like to gather even more of your ideas and suggestions. I know that I am not the only member of this community who has dealt with frozen waterers in their coop and wondered how to best tackle the problem. A year later, I am still searching for the best solution to use in our two coops.
That’s why I am posing this challenge to the Community. I hope that you will tell me more about your experience with providing fresh water to your flock during the coldest months of the year. I invite you to leave me a comment and share how you have handled this challenge. I look forward to learning more about your solutions from the most simple to the highly complex.
If you have a story to share about your experience with frozen water in your coop, please visit my blog. You can share your story with me using the form provided. I might just choose to share your story with the Community Chickens readers in a future post!