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Clay Pot Chicken Water Heater

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Here is a water heater I just made as I didn't think ahead to get one and it's FREEZING here....turns out it works great-keeps it from freezing down to 12 degrees farenheit and if there should be a short/fire it will be very short lived as the whole thing is enclosed in clay. I cut the hole in the side with a dremel and some (four) cut-off wheels, mounted the pipe strap down to the 12" x 12" piece of scrap 3/4" treated plywood. I also took four small pieces and made "feet" to keep the whole thing from sitting directly on the ground. Here's the material list---

10" clay pot---------------------------$6.02
12" clay saucer-----------------------$7.67
8" work light--------------------------$7.65
2 springs 7/16 x 3 1/2--------------$3.48
pack #10 x 1 3/16 screw eye-----$1.18
4pack 100w light bulbs------------$1.18

Total with tax --------------------- $29.08---

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all hooked up to a GFCI outlet outside and have the extension cord and light cord in a waterproof cord enclosure---

let me know what you think-good or bad.....


Edited by phoneman40 - 12/18/10 at 4:17pm
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Neat, Phoneman! Where were you when I needed a water heater? I had to make my own!

Mom to 3 sons, 2 horses, 1 Chesapeake, 2 BO's, 1 SLW, and 7 refrigerator chicks (eggs hatched after being refrigerated), they are 5 SLW's and 2 BO/SLW crosses.
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Mom to 3 sons, 2 horses, 1 Chesapeake, 2 BO's, 1 SLW, and 7 refrigerator chicks (eggs hatched after being refrigerated), they are 5 SLW's and 2 BO/SLW crosses.
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Wow, you need to create a BYC page out of this info so we can add it here:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/chicken-coop-water-feeder.html

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post #4 of 14

Awesome idea i will have to make one , will it be safe inside a coop ? I noticed yours is outside


Edited by 6chicks&aduck - 12/18/10 at 4:24pm
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6chicks&aduck :

Awesome idea i will have to make one , will it be safe inside a coop ? I noticed yours is outside


I would think it would be safe inside a coop as the clay just stays nice and toasty warm and if something should go wrong it's all enclosed in solid clay pots and I imagine it would be short lived....

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Originally Posted by Nifty-Chicken 

Wow, you need to create a BYC page out of this info so we can add it here:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/chicken-coop-water-feeder.html


I would if I knew how...LOL   any hints would be great  smile

ok-found where to make the page and it's done...now just wondering how i get it to the page you were talking about?


Edited by phoneman40 - 12/18/10 at 4:39pm
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here's the page but does Admin have to move it to the waterer/feeder page? just curious

http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=56724

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hey see what more great response u got wink thanks for add it  too hugs

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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post #9 of 14

that looks awesome, i have ducks as well as chickens, do you think water spilling over the sides could cause a problem?

a beagle, 2 terrier mutts, 2 road island reds, barred rock, white rock, Gold laced wyandotte, easter egger, 2 light brahmas, buff orpington, black astralorp, dekalb amberlink, plus 2 pekins, 3 cayugas(2are crested), 5 black runners.
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a beagle, 2 terrier mutts, 2 road island reds, barred rock, white rock, Gold laced wyandotte, easter egger, 2 light brahmas, buff orpington, black astralorp, dekalb amberlink, plus 2 pekins, 3 cayugas(2are crested), 5 black runners.
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post #10 of 14

Wow I just book marked that. You should market it and Made in USA! smile

Steve

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It goes to show you how simple it is to entertain the human mind ........ get a couple of chickens
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It goes to show you how simple it is to entertain the human mind ........ get a couple of chickens
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