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duchesse Fri 03-Dec-10 18:12:56

Well, I figure it should work as well as anything as an anti-freeze in their water...

Even putting their water dispenser in the coop with them has made no difference to the water consistency (ie solid) every morning.

Will report back on any pished hens.

whiteliesaregoodlies Fri 03-Dec-10 18:14:50

Ooooh I thought maybe you were going for flavoured eggs or something!

duchesse Fri 03-Dec-10 18:17:18

Now there's a thought. Will report back on egg quality too. Very Heston, that would be- first take your hen and get her pissed as a fart on gin...

queenofboak Fri 03-Dec-10 18:17:32

Pissed chickens is one of my 'sights to see'.

Please report back promptly. smile

bramblebooks Fri 03-Dec-10 18:34:20

I just empty the water at night and refill in the morning - you could have the gin then

sethstarkaddersmum Fri 03-Dec-10 18:39:25

I empty it out at night too.

duchesse Fri 03-Dec-10 18:44:05

Emptying it out doesn't work- it's been below 0C through the day for over a week. We give them warm water in the morning, by noon the trough part is frozen over and by evening most of the inside as well.

ilovehens Fri 03-Dec-10 18:47:10

Please don't give them alcohol because it's dangerous.

You'll just have to keep giving them fresh water during the day. That's all I'm doing at the moment.

duchesse Fri 03-Dec-10 18:49:06

ilove- that's what I wanted to know- how dangerous is 2 spoonsful in 20 litres for them? And what damage will it cause?

ilovehens Fri 03-Dec-10 18:52:10

I don't think 2 spoonsful will stop 20 litres from freezing though. I've put vodka in the freezer before and it's come out full of ice and unable to pour out of the bottle.

Hassledge Fri 03-Dec-10 18:53:11

I want to see a pissed chicken run. It's funny enough when they're sober.

ilovehens Fri 03-Dec-10 18:53:41

50% alcohol might just stop it freezing completely, but alcohol is a poison and animals shouldn't be given spirits.

All you can do is put some heat under the water container.

ilovehens Fri 03-Dec-10 18:54:40

ask this question on the Down the Lane forum and they'll be able to offer some suggestions.

Monty27 Fri 03-Dec-10 18:57:04

Duchesse - is this your version of eggnog. Very festive, it could catch on smile

ilovehens Fri 03-Dec-10 18:57:17

The Poultry Garden Forum is also very good.

wineonafridaynight Fri 03-Dec-10 18:57:17

Just a suggestion but you can get microwaveable heat pads from places like Pets Corner and Pets At Home that are meant for small animals to sleep on. Maybe you could buy one of those and then pop that underneath the water?

Quite pricey thought - about £18 I think.

ilovehens Fri 03-Dec-10 19:00:42

some ideas

faverolles Fri 03-Dec-10 19:02:31

For metal drinkers, you can put a peice of flagstone in the oven until it's heated through, then place the drinker on that (if the drinker covers the flag so they can't burn themselves) this keeps the water defrosted for longer. But don't try it with plastic drinkers, it might melt it!

wineonafridaynight Fri 03-Dec-10 19:03:03

It's probably a ridiculous idea but in case it isn't, here's the link.

www.petsathome.com/shop/microwaveable-heat-pad-by- snugglesafe-14092 grin

duchesse Fri 03-Dec-10 22:13:42

Plastic drinker alas. Luckily the temperature's gone right back up again in the last few hours, so may be a problem of the past.

Did find one hen out past dark looking disoriented though. Gin?? Turns out she wanted a spot of bedtime snack. Greedy thing.

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