Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Contraption

With lows in the 20's, we have kept a light on in the coop to keep the chicken's water from freezing. However, for his science fair project Grayson has chosen to study the effect artificial light has on egg production during which the first ten days involve no light. So we had to come up with a plan for keeping the water from freezing without exposing the chicks to light.

So to the internets we went. Thanks to the magic of YouTube we found this video which helped us create our own contraption.

We used this mat found in our basement as the base for the contraption. This will protect the light from the moist ground.

 A work light from the hardware store + a 75 watt bulb is the main source of heat.

Pot (found on the side of the road that I knew would come in handy one day!) and three modified (lots of knots to make them shorter) bungee cords. This pot is just the right size because the girls can reach the water easily.

Place the light on the mat and the pot over the light. The clay pot will help retain the heat.

After a small mishap when trying to take photos of said contraption, we learned the hard way that you need to cover the whole in the bottom of the pot to protect the hot bulb. Note to self: Steaming hot bulb + cold water = busted bulb. Thank goodness the mat was underneath to capture the small bits of broken glass!

Don't try this at home!

Place the water container on top and secure with three bungees. Also, make sure the aluminum foil is cut to size and not hanging out from beneath the container.

Blackberry went straight for the foil which resulted in me taking it apart again and trimming the foil.

I am happy to say we tested this out last week when the temps got below freezing and it worked beautifully.

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