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Not sure if this is the scale you’re looking for but:
We watered 8 feeders through the polar vortex with a large stock tank and small feed troughs. Ice breaking was never impossible even on nights when it got down to -8, though I did fish the ice out as needed (which if done incorrectly can become an extremely cold chore). A light slope allowed us to drain the garden hose after refilling the stock tank (never more than 50 gallons at a time for easy moves).
Nothing too complicated, especially for a first year. I’d feel comfortable with the stock tank > five gallon bucket > small feed trough setup and up to 25 young feeders. Then I’d think about justifying a less labor-intensive system.
I’d be willing to elaborate if you’d like, but that’s the gist of it.