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Re: automatic waterers are now froze

Postby Silver » Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:49 am

Up here if your water lines aren't buried at least 6 feet you'll be in trouble. Any where you drive will push frost down pretty deep.
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Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:39 am

Did you get thawed out??
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Re: automatic waterers are now froze

Postby angus9259 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:58 am

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:Did you get thawed out??


one of them is flowing again. We have 40-50 degree weather coming up this week so hoping I can get the other one loose then. I'm going to employ the tractor exhaust hose on it if I can't get anywhere. These are all plastic waterers so I have to be gentle with the heat.
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Re: automatic waterers are now froze

Postby tnwalkingred » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:49 am

I have quite a few Mirafount waterers and I've yet to have an issue with them freezing. Now granted our weather isn't nearly as cold as yours but I love the idea of the truck/tractor exhaust solution. How did you attach the hose the exhaust?
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Re: automatic waterers are now froze

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:19 am

They used flexible hose, like a big shop vac hose, and just slipped it over the exhaust pipe. Didn't take long to thaw.
I have had the Mirafounts freeze (I had a 4-hole, now have a 6-hole). Generally, just the balls get frozen in around the lip, but I have had the water inside freeze. I just pour 5 gal bucket of hot water in it and keep the cows away for 15-20 minutes so it has time to work. When we put the new 6-hole one in, we ran electricity and keep a "donut" heater in it. So far so good.
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Re: automatic waterers are now froze

Postby Stocker Steve » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:29 am

After this winter, I am motivated to look at replacing my current waterers.
What brand and style do you think is ideal for 180 head in the north?
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Re: automatic waterers are now froze

Postby Bright Raven » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:35 am

Stocker Steve wrote:After this winter, I am motivated to look at replacing my current waterers.
What brand and style do you think is ideal for 180 head in the north?

If you can get electric to them, the Ritchie heated system is great. They have SS basins with a heating element spot welded underneath. System uses a thermostat to set temperature you want heat.
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Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:38 am

I have no experience maintaining that many head. Will they all drink at same location in the winter?
I presently have the Mirafount with 6 balls. I have had Ritchie waterers in the past and they were pretty good. But, no matter what you have, I strongly recommend having electricity for some sort of heating element. Although they say if you have enough head constantly drinking, they "should" stay thawed.
If you can't have electricity, be sure to check out your "thawing" options.
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Re: automatic waterers are now froze

Postby Stocker Steve » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:39 am

I have two main herds on two RIchie heated troughs. They were original purchased for seasonal stocker use and they worked well for that. I have since added some insulation, but they still have a lot of exposed surface area.
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Re: automatic waterers are now froze

Postby ddd75 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:45 am

can't beat cobbett.. no electric required. takes me about 10 seconds to get the ice out even @ -14
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Re: automatic waterers are now froze

Postby Supa Dexta » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:56 am

Stocker Steve wrote:What brand and style do you think is ideal for 180 head in the north?


What is your water supply?
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Re: automatic waterers are now froze

Postby ChrisB » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:40 pm

I have had a mirafount for just over 20 years I believe and have never touched it other than cleaning. It has the balls on it like Jeanne's but I take them out in the summer.

The thing I keep reading about Cobett's is how easy they are to get the ice out so cows can drink. I personally would rather have something that won't ice up in the first place.
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Re: automatic waterers are now froze

Postby Stocker Steve » Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:35 pm

Supa Dexta wrote:
Stocker Steve wrote:What brand and style do you think is ideal for 180 head in the north?


What is your water supply?


Drilled wells at 5 to 7 gpm.
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Re: automatic waterers are now froze

Postby ddd75 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:03 pm

ChrisB wrote:I have had a mirafount for just over 20 years I believe and have never touched it other than cleaning. It has the balls on it like Jeanne's but I take them out in the summer.

The thing I keep reading about Cobett's is how easy they are to get the ice out so cows can drink. I personally would rather have something that won't ice up in the first place.



Every automatic I've encounter has froze up without a heater.

My neighbors all have ritchies and mirafounts.. all one big block of ice w/o a heater.
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