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PostPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2008 6:01 am 
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Hi all. i live in Montana (US) and have four geese, two african geesea nd two chinese geese and a duck that thinks hes a goose. It has been very cold here lately (well below 0) and i have tried several techniques to keep the wather thawed for my geese and duck to drink out of. i have bought two heated buckes and they have shoted out both of them by thinking they can get in them and do some hot tubbing. i have carried water to them int he sub zero tems only to have it freeze up. so now they are in the barn wit the donkey and his heated buckets. i hoping they do not try to get into his buckets as im running short of funding to buy more heated buckets at 60.00 dollars each. Does anyone have any other ideas. i love my geese and getting rid of them is not an option. Perhaps there is a trick to having geese in winter that i am not aware of? thanks:)


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Just build a safe system with a 60 watts lamp under the drinking platform, it works well.

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GReat answer Frank..and here you were thinking you weren't going to be able to help anyone when you joined up yesterday.
I was going to say too though that if you didn't want your geese getting into the heated buckets to just put some kind of heavy mesh over the top so they can only get their heads into the buckets. I have to do this to my automatic feeders to stop the bigger chooks scratching out the feed all over the ground.
Fortunately most of us over here (Australia) don't have the freezing water problem. I like the sound of those heated buckets though.

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darrssy wrote:
Fortunately most of us over here (Australia) don't have the freezing water problem. I like the sound of those heated buckets though.


Being in Tassie I would have definitely thought your water would freeze overnight!
I certainly have that problem here in the Great Dividing Ranges.
The only thing is it usually melts again by mid morning....we only get sub zero temps at night.

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People wrongly assume that Tassie is cold!! There are certainly colder parts of Australia than most parts of Tassie that's for sure :D . We live on the north west coast and haven't seen snow here. The parts of Tassie that see snow would most likely freeze overnight. Midland areas' I do know freeze as our son lived down that way for 6 months and would be telling us how he couldn't bathe in the mornings because the pipes had frozen from the tank to the house.. :shock:

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Here it only reach -40 celsius with the wind factor :wink:

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