Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
FOR THE RECORD, I left rubber feeding buckets outside for YEARS before they developed cracks. I was REALLY abusive to them. =b It isn't impossible for these to crack, but it probably won't happen over one winter season. When they do get a crack, you can reuse them for feeding hay/grain in a stall, or for other animals.
I carry the water in those big, hardware store, plastic buckets bc they are lightweight. I hang them upside on the 3 wooden posts that keep you from backing into my barn, so they drain and don't crack from any ice. When we had a bad cold snap last week, I drew extra water the night before, stored them in my grain room, which is the warming room in my barn, and I only had a skim of ice, whereas the chicken's little rubber water bowl (outside) had 3 inches of ice. (I rotate THEIR 2, small rubber water bowls, too.)
Last edited by Corporal; 01-29-2013 at 01:37 PM.