So I went to watering my girls and roos with nipples on the side of a bucket. For the winter, I am using a black rubber bucket, and it if it is sunny, it absorbs enough heat to stay fluid at 20 degrees above zero, and warmer. Below 20, and I am back to the small rubber bowls that I can stomp the ice out.
i have both the vertical and horizontal nipples. I don't heat my water, I don't have electricity to the coop. Chickens learned to use them in less than half an hour.
brownrexx - on the economy side, my friend takes a 4 foot piece of 4" pvc, and cuts 10" sections in half from the top. So you end up with what looks like half a pvc pipe with 4 "handles". The chickens have more than enough room to get their heads in, but not enough room to get in and scratch. He toe-nails a piece of 2x4 on each end so it is free standing on the ground. Works great!
I use this one - when they were always free ranging I used the "hat" - but inside I do not. No feed scratched out, ever
And I say to myself, it's a wonderful world ~Louis Armstrong~
Where did you buy the orange one? My girls don't scratch the feed out with their feet, they seem to push it out with their beaks. I had one like yours without the hat and hung it from roof with a chain and they dug out most of the feed onto the floor.
I got a new rooster, he is a pretty boy, and the girls are in love, at night they try and get as close as they can to him.
He is a Bielefelder rooster. A multi colored bird with baring. I have decided that the more golden to red birds blend in better with the prairie. Hoping to be hatching chicks soon. He is a much higher quality bird than I have ever had. They are rather a new breed I think out of Germany, and the gal I got him from, paid $140 for a dozen eggs and hatched 4 roosters, no hens! So I got him for my little flock.
One of my pullets started laying that a broody hen named Butter hatched out in late October. She raised them in - 20 degree weather when they were less than 2 weeks old.
Those are really beautiful chickens. Thanks for looking that up Red.
Is anyone else finding blood spots in their eggs? I have been getting quite a few lately and I think that it may be from the stress of the really cold winter and being kept indoors but I am not totally sure. I never had much trouble with this before.