Quantcast
Glycerin to keep water thawed? - Homesteading Today
Homesteading Today

Come enter the Lehman's Aladdin Lamp Giveaway!

Go Back   Homesteading Today > Livestock Forums > Poultry


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1  
Old 12/03/10, 10:08 AM
Katie
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Twining, Mi.
Posts: 19,396
Glycerin to keep water thawed?

I was just over in the rabbit forum & someone was suggesting to another poster to put glycerin in hteir rabbits water crocks to keep the water from freezing.

My ducks have an electric water dish for winter but it would be nice to give them their swimming pool more often. I was just wondering if glycerin in their pool would hurt them if they drink it which of course they will or affect their feathers at all?

Not sure how much glycerin I'd have to use either, For the rabbit crocks the poster suggested 1 tsp. per dish.

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12/03/10, 10:10 AM
Cyngbaeld's Avatar
homesteader
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Between Bryan and Austin, TX
Posts: 27,877

It would be cost prohibitive to put enough in there to do any good. I doubt a tsp would help with a rabbit dish either. If you check the figures, it really takes rather a lot to lower the freezing point significantly.

__________________

I believe in God's willingness to heal.

Cyngbaeld's Keep Heritage Farm, breeding a variety of historical birds and LaMancha goats.

Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12/04/10, 08:17 AM
Katie
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Twining, Mi.
Posts: 19,396

Thanks Cyngbaeld, I was going to try it in the rabbits water but I'll have to decide how much it will cost, etc. I do remember someone talking about the same thing over in the rabbit forum last winter too but your probly right about the amount for the ducks swimming pool.

Guess they'll just get the pool when it's going to be above freezing for a couple days like last year.

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12/04/10, 09:34 AM
Cyngbaeld's Avatar
homesteader
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Between Bryan and Austin, TX
Posts: 27,877
http://www.dow.com/glycerine/resources/table7.htm
Here is a table to give you ideas of amounts needed to lower the freezing point of water. A tsp in the crock won't do any good at all. Not sure that the quantity needed is healthy for animals to drink.

Probably better to carry fresh water to the buns a couple times a day.
__________________

I believe in God's willingness to heal.

Cyngbaeld's Keep Heritage Farm, breeding a variety of historical birds and LaMancha goats.

Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12/04/10, 10:11 AM
mygoat's Avatar
Caprice Acres
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: MI
Posts: 9,597

I get pool water to the ducks every 2 days or so, even if it's below freezing. I remember someone saying on this forum last year that a dirty duck is a cold duck - so it's a priority that they get to wash regularly.

Of course, I have a hose that I can keep in a heated area of my barn, so actually getting them water isn't a problem. I probably would do it at least once per week if I had to haul buckets of water from the house.

__________________


Dona Barski

"Breed the best, eat the rest"

Caprice Acres

French and American Alpines. CAE, Johnes neg herd. Abscess free. LA, DHIR.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12/04/10, 12:03 PM
GrannyCarol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Eastern WA
Posts: 5,761

I'm fortunate in that there is a freeze proof spigot in my duck yard, most of the winter filling a contractors tub with bath water is just a matter of turning on the spigot, the tub sits right under it. Since it can get really cold here, its nice to be sure they have bathing water at least every few days.

My drinking buckets have heaters and we need to carry water for those, but I don't have THAT many ducks, once a day is enough.

__________________

~ Carol

Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12/04/10, 10:08 PM
KSALguy's Avatar
Lost in the Wiregrass
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: S.E.Alabama
Posts: 8,236

if you can run electric to the coop get you one of the electric skillet things with the 3 inch sides or so, put it on the lowest setting possible and keep it up on blocks so they cant kick it around and fill it with mess, this is what my grandpa did for as long as i can remimber,

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12/05/10, 03:25 AM
Sanza's Avatar
Crazy Canuck
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Alberta Canada
Posts: 3,867

Lol KSalguy I bought a slowcooker last year with that in mind but I still haven't taken it out there. Slow cooker $15.00 compared to $50.00 for a heated dog bowl. I do have an old electric frying pan I might try now that you mentioned it. Thanks! The temperatures are in the -20 range at night but a couple weeks ago we had down to -35 and even with the heat lamp the water froze.

__________________
http://www.pinterest.com/sanza1/

A wise person speaks when they have something to say but a fool speaks just to say something
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12/05/10, 08:02 AM
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 203

Katie,
How many ducks do you have? I use large rubber feed dish (it is about 3 gallons and easy to pop out the ice)every other day, filled from a 5 gallon bucket, and a larger , hardware store trough, on the days I drag out the hose to fill the cow's trough. The 3 ducks are happy with that. The 6 geese use a low Rubbermaid livestock tank. I fill that everyother day. They swim and groom when the water is fresh and use their drinking water bucket on other days. A this point their feathers are in very good condition.
I do have a frost free spigot in the barn and a slight slope to the barnyard that drains the hose easily as I roll it up for storage. If we get below 10' temps without snow I will be hauling from the shower in the house.

__________________
Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:42 PM.