Heated Water Buckets

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by all1965, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. all1965

    all1965 New Member

    381
    Oct 6, 2007
    AR
    As fall and winter approach, you will soon be out in the goat pasture breaking ice out of their buckets. Well there was just no convenient way to make sure they have thawed water to drink. So we invested in some heated 5 gallon water buckets. They have worked great for us for the past two years. You can get them here http://www.horse.com/Farm-Ranch-Supplie ... 10002.html

    They are relatively inexpensive. You just need to have electricity close by.

    They truly are a livesaver for us. The cords that come out of the buckets are wrapped in metal wire so livestock can't chew on them. We love them!

    Just thought I would pass this information along.
     
  2. FunnyRiverFarm

    FunnyRiverFarm New Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Hudson, MI
    I'd love to have one of those...if I had a place to plug it in! lol. The nearest electrical outlet to the goats is about 100 yds away. That would be one long extention cord! Oh well, I guess I'll be hauling buckets this winter.
     

  3. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    I have the big tank heaters for mine. The question is, will the piped water be able to stay unfrozen, or will I still be carrying out buckets to the tank - but not have to worry about the water being frozen??? Hmmmmm. :shrug: Guess we will see if DH quits playing Tiger Woods long enough to finish the water lines!
     
  4. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    i just recently bought 2 tank heaters but they need to be grounded to an outlet. and i use extension cords, if anyone wants to buy them i'm asking $20 each, they go to 40-.
     
  5. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Now that I have electric in the barn, I thought of getting 2 of the heated buckets....but mine have never froze solid...its been cold enough to freeze but I just flip them and out comes the hollow block...then add warm water...2x a day...Maybe I'll ask for a couple for my kids at Christmas :greengrin:
     
  6. heathersboers

    heathersboers New Member

    629
    Sep 5, 2008
    Wilson N.C.
    jeffers has them too- they have the 2 gallon heated buckets and the de-icers that you drop into the buckets for about $35-they work great!!!
     
  7. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    i have a hard time finding ones that keep it from icing over, when it gets down to the -25s the de icers freeze. but the buckets seem to work.
     
  8. heathersboers

    heathersboers New Member

    629
    Sep 5, 2008
    Wilson N.C.
    Did you say -25-OMG I would freeze my tail off- It gets about 17 degrees at the lowest here that I can remember with a wind chill of about 5 degrees-Wheeeeww! im getting cold!!!
     
  9. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    lol, no really, it gets cold here. but those rubber buckets usually work good,they go through alot! and still work, the plastic ones crack from the cold.
     
  10. alyssa_romine

    alyssa_romine Breaking Dawn Ranch

    Oct 4, 2007
    arkansas
    i have a heated bucket too, This will be its second winter used. I used to have a tank heater but I let my cousin have it because their horses' water kept freezing. I love my heated bucket!
     
  11. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    I have the big tanks with heaters and those heated water buckets. They really are great. If you have the way to plug them in. They are easy to clean.
     
  12. CountryGalwGoats

    CountryGalwGoats Guest

    41
    Sep 19, 2008
    whoooo -- sounds so cold everywhere --- it's usually warm here, even in the winter. At Christmas we usually are wearing shorts. Sometimes we may get a snow -- in fact last year I even got to build a snowman. He lasted one day. I think I remember pouring off ice one time from my goats' water. Anyway, we usually pray for colder weather so the mesquitos will die off!
     
  13. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    I see kids here wearing shorts during christmas, usually guys. And there frost forming on their hair, and theyre shivering and chattering at -10. lol. some people are dumb.