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Free-And-Clever Tricks To Keep Livestock Water From Freezing

Free-And-Clever Ways To Keep Livestock Water From Freezing

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Homesteaders know how important it is for livestock to have access to fresh, clean water at all times, but in some areas of the world, winter makes this a much more difficult task. I can remember many winter days as a young girl when I would break ice out of buckets, carefully carry fresh water to the animals, and sometimes, spill it on myself in the process. Fortunately, we now have much better ways of dealing with freezing water.

In a previous article, we learned of several ways to keep your livestock’s water thawed. Electric heaters and deicers, heated buckets, water circulators, and automatic waterers are all very popular methods, but they require some sort of electric source.

If your water trough is out of reach from electricity, and you don’t have a reliable natural water source, there are a few methods you can try to eliminate or minimize the amount that your livestock’s water freezes.

1. Manure

Before technology was an option, some people began using manure to keep their water troughs from freezing, and no, I’m not suggesting that you fill your water tanks with manure. Most people are aware of the danger of manure pile fires, so if you have no other option or want to try a more natural approach, you can pile fresh manure around your bucket or trough.

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Once you’ve piled the manure around the water source, you should cover the entire thing with a black tarp or plastic and cut out a hole for the animals to drink from the trough. The heat from the manure trapped under the plastic will help keep your water from freezing.

2. Molasses

Animals love molasses, and it can often be used to encourage them to drink from an unfamiliar water source. It also can serve the purpose of preventing water troughs from freezing. People have been using this method long before electricity could be accessed so easily. All it takes is a very simple mixture of warm water and molasses being poured into the water trough. Molasses do not freeze as easily as water, so it slows down the freezing process. If you are in an area where the temperatures drop quite drastically, this method may not be as effective. However, more often, it will leave the water slushy but not frozen, so it is still drinkable.

3. Saline solution jugs

Another great and very simple option for keeping your livestock’s water from freezing is floating milk jugs in the trough. The milk jugs should be filled with a saline solution, which can either be purchased or just as easily made. The salt keeps the water from freezing in the jug, and as it floats around, it keeps the water moving enough to prevent it from freezing partially if not completely. This method likely will still require you to clear out the surrounding ice, but it should be enough to make sure your animals can drink between waterings. It is important to note that the salt should only go in the jug and not in the drinking water!

While these options are not perfect, and certainly are not as reliable as most of the electric options, they can make a big difference for livestock owners who don’t have access to electricity. You hopefully will find that they will make your life easier this winter and prevent you from having to chip away at those pesky, frozen buckets and troughs.

What is your favorite method to prevent water from freezing? Share your tips in the section below:

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5 comments

  1. Live in N. Nevada. Winters are brutal. I raise horses. So a big black industrial grade 40 gal. trash can, can water 2-4 horses in the winter. The secret is to put the “waterer” in a sunny location first. Then search around and find some truck tires no longer in use. They have to be big enough to fit over any trash can you use. You can fill the inner part of the tire with any kind of insulation then use strips of 4 mil black plastic sheeting and spray on adhesive to seal the insulated tire. Then stack the trash cans over the trash can, tall enough to cover the trash can but still leave about 4-6 inches of dead air space at the top of the tires. Put a lid or cover on the trash can and fill the inside between the trash can and black plastic sealed tire with sand or manure if you like. The lid keeps you from fouling the water and filling up the trash can with sand or whatever. You can use small road base gravel also. This heat sink from the sun, sand, gravel or manure and tires will keep your water from freezing down to about 5 degrees F outside temperature. Don’t forget to take off the lid to the trash can, :).

  2. Live in N. Nevada. Winters are brutal. I raise horses. So a big black industrial grade 40 gal. trash can, can water 2-4 horses in the winter. The secret is to put the “waterer” in a sunny location first. Then search around and find some truck tires no longer in use. They have to be big enough to fit over any trash can you use. You can fill the inner part of the tire with any kind of insulation then use strips of 4 mil black plastic sheeting and spray on adhesive to seal the insulated tire. Then stack the insulated tires over the trash can, tall enough to cover the trash can but still leave about 4-6 inches of dead air space at the top of the tires. Put a lid or cover on the trash can and fill the inside between the trash can and black plastic sealed tire with sand or manure if you like. The lid keeps you from fouling the water and filling up the trash can with sand or whatever. You can use small road base gravel also. This heat sink from the sun, sand, gravel or manure and tires will keep your water from freezing down to about 5 degrees F outside temperature. Don’t forget to take off the lid to the trash can, :).

  3. Fill several old inner tubes about half full of water, so they won’t blow away, finish airing them up and throw them in the stock tank. You can either let them float, the wind will usually keep them close to one edge or the other. If your prefer you can anchor them to the sides, especially if you are watering different pastures out of the same tank. The heat from the black tube will keep ice from freezing in the center of the tube providing a drinking hole.

  4. Here in northern Arizona it’s not as cold but still can get down close to zero. I just put some small fish in the stock tank. They keep the water moving and eat any alge that grows in the summer.

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