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Stop dealing with frozen water. Today, I want to show you how I keep my pig and goat water from freezing during the winter with a very simple setup.
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Keeping your livestock’s drinking water from freezing can be a huge pain in the winter. But with the right setup, it doesn’t have to be. Here is the system I implement during the winter to keep my pig and goat water from freezing and to make sure they never run out.
IMPORTANT: I have created a YouTube video outlining each step, however, I highly recommend watching the video and reading the article on loading pigs below which includes some additional information.
My Winter System
Normally, I move my pigs and goats in and out of paddocks throughout the year. During that time, I using some variation of a 55 gallon barrel, 275 gallon tote, a pond, or a water trough to provide them with drinking water. This works great in the spring, summer and fall until their drinking water starts to freeze in the winter.
To prevent my pig and goat water from freezing in the winter, I implement a new system. I move my animals closer to the house so they are near an electrical source and a water faucet. At this point, I only use a water trough for their water. To keep it from freezing, I install a floating tank heater like this one.
And in order to keep my animals and the tan itself from touching the tank heater, I install a tank heater guard like this one.
Filling My Trough With Water in the Winter
Whenever the water trough is running low on water, I simply connect a water hose to my spigot and fill it up. When I’m done, I walk the hose out to get all the water out of it and I just roll the hose back up.
The key here is to walk the hose out every time you are done using it. It’s very important not to leave any water in the hose or it may be frozen and not work next time you need it.
Once winter is over, I put my animals back into my paddock system and start rotating them around the farm again. I then put my tank heater in storage until next year.
So that is how I keep my pig and goat water from freezing in the winter. Let me know if you have any questions.
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