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How to Keep Chicken Water From Freezing in Winter (Even in Montana)

If you want to know once and for all how to keep your chicken water from freezing, this solution will do the trick. It has lasted through years of use and one of the worst Montana winters I’ve lived through (every year 😉).

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Chicken water can be a hassle to keep unfrozen in the coldest part of winter. But this will help you keep your chickens in water all winter long!

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The best way to keep chicken water unfrozen…

Winter is always coming. It’s always around the corner. Preparation for it never stops.

At least that’s what it feels like to me up here in Montana. Our little area is a snow hole and gets very cold in the winter months.

We bury our water lines 6 feet deep, below the frost line to ensure there are no frozen pipes.

And my chickens? They hunker down and are very glad for the unfrozen water I provide for them.

I’ve tried all the water gimmicks:

  1. saltwater in water bottles or milk jugs
  2. floating tennis balls
  3. almost entirely covering the tanks with black material
  4. and so many others…

Chicken drinking water in cold weather

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But when a 100-gallon unfrozen water tank can freeze completely through for a 200-pound man to skate on overnight…there is nothing but electricity (or possibly a solar-powered setup–which I haven’t tried yet) that will keep water from freezing.

That’s just the cold hard facts.

So if you struggle with keeping water unfrozen because you live in a tundra, this will be your answer.

I know when I use this plug-in heater the water will still be completely unfrozen when I come back out in the morning.

And one of these heaters has lasted me for 3 winters now, so it’s a long-term solution as well.

So, if you don’t want to mess with frozen water or testing out water gimmicks that may or may not work, check this out:

 If you need to ease your mind this winter, this waterer will do just what you need. I (and my chickens) have done the work of figuring this mystery out for you!

Enjoy this winter! (As for me, I’ll be hunkered down waiting for spring…)


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Linda Kerth

Saturday 19th of December 2020

Delci I am curious as to what breed of chicken you have with this comment about water heating. I'm referring to the black and white chicken with the pea comb. I have one that looks just like that one, but I've never known what breed she is. I ave two others that are Easter Eggers, but I don't think she is. She is larger than the other two, and much more aggressive! Thanks for any help you can give. If you could, please email me.

Delci Plouffe

Sunday 27th of December 2020

This breed is a Silver Laced Wyandotte :) Beautiful, aren't they?


Thursday 29th of October 2020

Please provide resource for water heater for our chickens 🐓❤️Thank you.

Robert Day

Thursday 28th of January 2021

get a heat pad from napa auto or Amazon. the type that are glued to the bottom of your steel galvanized water front. they run about 15 dollars. I have used the type this lady suggests but they normally don't last that long. these things are usually glued to the oil pan on tractors or oil pan of vehicles. they last alot longer. 100 watts or 150 watts on a 5 gallon or 7 gallon water font. then set them on a flat brick the water will not freeze. I live in Montana. Thompson Falls

Delci Plouffe

Thursday 19th of November 2020 This is the link for what I use 😊


Friday 27th of December 2019

Where do you find these water heaters and how expensive are they.


Wednesday 6th of November 2019

Heated waterers are the best options according to me

Delci Plouffe

Wednesday 6th of November 2019

I completely agree! The others just can't keep up when it's really cold for a long period of time. Thanks for sharing :)