Here’s a useful homesteading hint; once a galvanized waterer freezes you’ll tear your spine out trying to bust it open it to chip away the ice and add more water. I have nicknamed galvanized waterers “the spittoons of Satan” and am forwarding my chiropractic bills to the chickens.
Finally I “upped my game”. My method of keeping water thawed isn’t the only choice. There are others. (For example; moving to Virginia, butchering the damn chickens, or switching careers to something that is easier, like hired assassin.) However, I can say that my method has worked so far.
I’ve resorted to electric heated buckets. The newest one has a built in element. I recently bought it from Amazon. Here’s a totally true homesteading fact:
“The advent of the Internet means that I have, at my fingertips, the sum total of all human knowledge. It also means that I can browse from, and purchase, almost anything imaginable. I used this limitless power to buy… a bucket.”