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Another water for winter question- battery operated heaters?

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Are there any battery operated water heaters that someone has personal experience with?  I do not have electricity at my coop, and really do not want to run an extension cord from my house.  I was wondering if there are any battery operated water heaters that work.  Thanks.

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I'm wrestling with the same dilemma, WillHunt.

From what I've read here, it sounds as though any heater will draw quite a bit of power - certainly enough that the battery would need to be replaced/rechraged nearly daily during the dead of winter. I had hoped to get a solar-type system going, but it may be way more expensive and an impractical solution.

I guess at this point, I may just see how things go this winter and change out their water 2-3 time a day (before work, after work, before bed) when we're in a cold snap. If it's too much of an issue, I will likely bite the bullet and run a conduit and wire out to the coop and get a heated dog bowl...

edit: I'm leary of simply running an extension cord - our coop is ~100' from the nearest outlet. If it comes down to it, I'll run the proper electrical wire in a conduit out to an 'outdoor' electrical outlet near the coop and have an electrician make the connections. Seems safer that way...


Edited by ColoradoMike - 10/5/09 at 3:35pm
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Laws of physics prevent battery powered heaters from being effective.  It just takes too much power to run a heater, even a tiny one.

It's probably possible to use 3 car batteries and a fishtank heater but it's still a stretch.  Plus you will still need to charge them.

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Mike- yep. I am also considering running power to the coop.  Figure a light at the door, a light inside and a box to plug in a heater would be a fine luxury.  Of course, my winter does not get that cold, so I will see how things go and speak with some local backyard chicken folks.

Purplechicken- I hear ya.  That's what I was afraid of.


Edited by will hunt for food - 10/5/09 at 5:27pm
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