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Do any of you use heated buckets in the winter? Last year we hauled hot water down and put some in each bucket, but that's a lot of hauling and I'm getting old. lol.

Also, what size balling gun do you all use?
 

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I have some too! Love them! I still bring warm water out to them though lol!

I got mine at our feed store :)
 

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I use a metal 50 gallon barrel cut in half with a small floating heater. It keeps their water lukewarm all the time.
 

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Love the heated buckets. We have several 15 gallon ones on the fence line.

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We have both a calf balling gun and a sheep/goat one. They're essentially the same size, same price, different label.
 

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Heated buckets are the best invention ever! :) Tractor Supply or any Livestock Store.
Sometimes there are good deals at the end of the season! Walmart used to sell
smaller buckets- I use those in the chicken coop! (3 gal).
 

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I found a balling gun in the dog and cat section of wilco our local farm store , I found it much easier to shove doe there throat being smaller and round on the end and it fits copper boluse
 

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I am totally afraid of anything electric in my barn in the animal area. I don't even keep the electric line hot unless i am in the barn. Too afraid of fire.

I just haul the water in the winter. I have several 5 gallon pails in my kitchen all winter. Some are water, some frozen solid and some are partially defrosted. I rotate the buckets. I have them next to my wood stove.

I'm almost 60 (ugggghhhh, hate to admit that!) but I still haul water 4 times a day to the goats, horses, chickens and dog kennel. Thats close to 10 five gallon buckets each time. Keeps me young. (hehehe)
 

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Hmmm as winter is looming, thought to revive this thread...
We wont have electricity down at the back goat pen so not sure what to do about water given that I am gone 3 days a week (family may try but are not consistent with watering, even the chickens make do with the dogs' water til I get home but they, literally fly the coop and come back in in the evenings to roost)...
So not sure what to do,
except has anyone found a workable solar solution? Just wondering... and where to get it?
I dont think running an extension cord is a good idea (for a plug in bucket) as LGD pup is a notorious chewer and loves chomping cords of all sorts.....
 
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