hey y’all Just curious as to how you all keep your water mains from freezing in your barns. Our barn has a make shift water system. Our water is pumped from the well, the previous owner installed hoses along the ceiling which was SO convenient during the warm weather. Direct water to the chicken coop, a value by the stalls, a valve by the exterior for outdoor stalk tanks, etc. Well most of this lines sagged slightly from the ceiling. I tried telling my husband these would be frozen spots in the winter and required maintenance. The previous owner also wrapped these hoses in a heated wire system. Between the Canadian winter. The sagging of the hoses, it simply didn’t hold out. Not to mention the main was exposed in the barn with zero means of protecting it from the direct cold. This is our second winter. Last winter was one for the books to say the least. Our barn is at least 150’ from our house and my poor husband spent the entire winter carrying buckets back and forth. If we only had the horses that wouldn’t have been a problem, but between the pig, dogs, chickens, horses. It was not an enjoyable winter (don’t even get me started on managing the snow drifts to actually be able to walk the buckets to the barn) Now this year. We’ve eliminated the hose system as well as the heated wrapped wires. And I decided to stick to simply the main with a 100’ hose. I made my husband build a box around the main leaving only a Top valve exposed (main shut off is at the bottom of the box) inside I lined the box with fire retardant insulation. Boxes the exterior of the barn water main and did the same. I then added a heat source in the box (ceramics fixture with a reptile bulb) so far it’s working. We have yet to reach extreme cold though. What do you all do to avoid pipes from freezing. I’ve also installed a stalk tank heater and bought heated buckets for the pig and dogs. The chickens I have yet to figure out a means of keeping their water from freezing. But I’d say so far we are winning.