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Well, I decided to build my own heater for their 3 gallon plastic waterer.  It was easy and cheap to build.  It's a 40W bulb in a flower pot with an inverted galvanized pan bungied down on top.

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I added pics of the components to my web page .


Edited by BrewedInNh - 11/19/10 at 5:35pm

Wheaten / Blue Wheaten Ameraucanas, and 2 cats

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thumbsup great job!

My coop  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/386902/we-gave-the-chickens-our-bedroom-pic-heavy

 

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My coop  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/386902/we-gave-the-chickens-our-bedroom-pic-heavy

 

"Friends, I will remember you, think of you & pray for you, & when another day is through, I will still be friends with you"--John Denver

 

 

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I like this!  We were planning on making the cookie tin water heater for my 1 gallon plastic waterer,  but so far have only had 1 freezing water morning here in Michigan.  This looks like a good alternative, and might be more comfortable for the chickens to crowd around to stay warmer than a metal cookie tin.

I was wondering why you needed to bungee down the galvanized pan; seems like the weight of the 3 gallon waterer should be enough to hold it down.

Proud mom of 2 US Marines!   Happy care-giver to 11 ISA Brown hens, 2 Buff Orpingtons, and 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte; 1 elderly female Rottweiler who thinks she's a cat, 4 sons who are much taller than I am, the most awesome baby granddaughter alive, and a sweet computer geek husband who broods in front of his laptop and hatches incredible software.
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Proud mom of 2 US Marines!   Happy care-giver to 11 ISA Brown hens, 2 Buff Orpingtons, and 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte; 1 elderly female Rottweiler who thinks she's a cat, 4 sons who are much taller than I am, the most awesome baby granddaughter alive, and a sweet computer geek husband who broods in front of his laptop and hatches incredible software.
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post #4 of 8

i  like this idea but i would turn that metal pan up right so i could water feeder inside an the chicken  don"t knock down the water off the heater
laura


Edited by sunflowerenvy - 11/20/10 at 5:38pm
We have 10 chickens 1 silver campine,2 hen buff Orpington,3 hen n 1 roo who is disability Australorp /Cochin mix, 2 hen Leghorn started laying 7-19,2010  They  came to us on April 4 2010 one week old. got 3 more 8/14/10 BR  2EE young HENS
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We have 10 chickens 1 silver campine,2 hen buff Orpington,3 hen n 1 roo who is disability Australorp /Cochin mix, 2 hen Leghorn started laying 7-19,2010  They  came to us on April 4 2010 one week old. got 3 more 8/14/10 BR  2EE young HENS
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Great idea----will have to show Hubby this one!  smile

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Mommy to 4 dogs; 5 cats; 3 pygmy goats; 3 pot belly pigs; 40 chickens; one Giant Rainbow Plated lizard; and one beautiful blue and gold macaw!!l
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Peace.  It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

Mommy to 4 dogs; 5 cats; 3 pygmy goats; 3 pot belly pigs; 40 chickens; one Giant Rainbow Plated lizard; and one beautiful blue and gold macaw!!l
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Originally Posted by Ohhhdear 

I like this!  We were planning on making the cookie tin water heater for my 1 gallon plastic waterer,  but so far have only had 1 freezing water morning here in Michigan.  This looks like a good alternative, and might be more comfortable for the chickens to crowd around to stay warmer than a metal cookie tin.

I was wondering why you needed to bungee down the galvanized pan; seems like the weight of the 3 gallon waterer should be enough to hold it down.


I'm probably being over cautious, but I figure better safe than sorry.  We've placed it in a corner and based on past behavior some of our chickens may try to squeeze in behind it.   That would also knock the waterer off, soaking the pine bedding and exposing the bulb at floor level.

I doubt the odds of these events are too high, but I sleep better knowing I took steps to prevent them.

Wheaten / Blue Wheaten Ameraucanas, and 2 cats

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Originally Posted by sunflowerenvy 

i  like this idea but i would turn that metal pan up right so i could water feeder inside an the chicken  don"t knock down the water off the heater
laura


Thanks, I would've turned the pan upright too, but the base of our 3 gallon waterer is 16 inches across, and the pan is only 12 inches.   The heater is in a corner, and the waterer is tied to the walls while it sits on top.

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post #8 of 8

This is my setup, zero freezing at -2F with the smallest (150 watt) heater I could find.

The heater at 14F is only on ~20 percent of the time, or ~30 watts (educated guess).

The tank holds about 8 gallons before overflow.

The rest of the pages are here http://scott-alcock.blogspot.com/

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