Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Farm Seltzer

Over at Livingston Brook Farm the horses don't have water heaters. They have a bubbler. Yup, a cheap fish tank bubble filter that heats nothing at all but keeps the water moving, and discourages freezing. It costs a fraction of the electric bill and does the job. Neat idea, huh?

23 Comments:

Blogger Marci said...

Wow!! If that works up there, it should work here in Ohio!

December 12, 2012 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger rabbit said...

We use those to keep ice fishing holes open ;)

December 12, 2012 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Hetty said...

If you have time to answer, I was wondering...is the tank inside or outside? Do they use the bubbler all winter, or switch to a heater when the weather gets colder? Thanks

Hetty
Rock Island Farm, Maine

December 12, 2012 at 9:35 AM  
OpenID peihome said...

Interesting! I just ordered an expensive chicken waterer for the barn to make life easier, but a bubbler, who'd have thought!
Thanks for the tip!

December 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

How do they protect the air pump from the weather (rain and such)? I'm assuming it's outside next to the water tank.

December 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Mary Schroeder said...

That is awesome. Thanks for the tip!

December 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

Why is Merlin over at Patty's farm?

Love the idea of the bubbler!

December 12, 2012 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Brilliant! I've been pondering what to do for mine, since I'm overwintering ducks for the first time (without a pond). This just might be the ticket!

December 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I'm not sure about all the questions.. I'll ask patty. It's her set up. I use a broken single tree to crack the ice on my horses trough!

December 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I know the tank is outside, but under an overhang.

December 12, 2012 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Eileen Hileman said...

Jenna, I'm mailing you a basket of goodies tomorrow to the same address that I sent the Halloween card. If that address doesn't cover packages (USPS) please let me know -terriertalesfarm@gmail.com
eileen

December 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger PattyW said...

The pond bubbler is in the barn. A 20 ft tube runs out to the tank. So far it works. It may need heater back up in the dead of winter ie many days below freezing consecutively. We have had 1/2" ice but a hole remains at the bubble site. Horses can break through that. Chickens dont need much of an opening to drink. It's an experiment and about 4 watts as opposed to 1500 watt stock tank heater. The water tank is outside. It's a pond aerator - comes with the tubing and air stone. On amazon.

December 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger PattyW said...

The pond bubbler is in the barn. A 20 ft tube runs out to the tank. So far it works. It may need heater back up in the dead of winter ie many days below freezing consecutively. We have had 1/2" ice but a hole remains at the bubble site. Horses can break through that. Chickens dont need much of an opening to drink. It's an experiment and about 4 watts as opposed to 1500 watt stock tank heater. The water tank is outside. It's a pond aerator - comes with the tubing and air stone. On amazon. I read that any fish tank bubbler will do.

December 12, 2012 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

This is a neat idea! It beats chipping ice every day!!!

December 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Dirt Lover said...

Great idea, we have a duck, this might be just the ticket to keep his water from freezing. thanx

December 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Dirt Lover said...

Great idea, we have a duck..this might be just the ticket to keep him swimming in winter!
thanx

December 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks Patty!

December 12, 2012 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

You could also use a tubing splitter at the tank to have multiple tubes in the tank at the same time. I think that may keep the water open at even colder temperatures by preventing ice in more of the tank.

December 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Hetty said...

Thanks for the info Patty (and Jenna for relaying the questions). Would be interested to know how the experiment comes out. I use a heated bucket for sheep now, after many years of hitting buckets with a rubber mallet. So much easier. But, less electricity would be good too.

December 13, 2012 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Beth Covert said...

Think lily pond not fish tank. We use them to keep our koi pond open. They are larger and more effective than the small aquarium ones.

December 13, 2012 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Beth Covert said...

http://www.thepondguy.com/product/pond-logic-pondair-aeration-systems/water-gardens-fish-ponds-aeration-systems

December 13, 2012 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Hum, we just use a stock tank heater. They have a thermostat to run at a certain temp. It keeps a 80 gallon tank ice free.

December 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger redbird said...

interesting!

December 15, 2012 at 3:44 PM  

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