Watering Our Rabbits Was The Biggest Cold Weather Challenge
Here was the challenging one for us starting out! This is where we really weren’t prepared, we were using some standard cheap water bottles and they were freezing within thirty minutes every time In this below zero weather we’ve been having. Both my wife and I work full time jobs so it was a challenge at first keeping water available for them. Finally though we took the plunge and invested in a few heated water bottles and now life is better.
I do want to make you aware of using these water bottles, the directions say not to use an extension cord with them but as you can see the cord is not very long so we had to use an extension cord. At first we plugged them into a standard 18 gauge cord and they would’t get hot enough to keep the water from freezing so we had to use some heavy duty shorter extension cords to plug them into and now they work great.
These water bottles are thermostat controlled, they only kick on and warm the water when it’s below thirty five degrees which saves a lot of unnecessary use of electricity. Something else I really like about these bottles is you don’t have to remove them to fill them up. We just take a pitcher of water out and top them all off, this is much quicker although you should remove them occasionally and wash them.
I hope what we’ve learned and shared can help you take care of your rabbits in the cold weather and maybe make your homesteading life a little easier.