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Hey everybody. I'm a new member here. I've been managing a small flock since I was about 11-12 years old. My chickens have never had a heated water fount before. So I decided to finally buy one. The one I bought was made by Farm Innovators. Has anybody used one of these waterers before? I have to say for the money I paid for this thing I would expect a little more quality. It keeps the water from freezing but what a piece of crap! The fill plug is on the bottom of the waterer. So after you're done filling it you get water all over yourself bringing it back to the coop and when you turn it right side up the bottom falls off it and your water goes everywhere. I knows this doesn't only happen to me out there. Is there a waterer that someone would recommend that fills from the top and is heated? Please let me know because this one is seriously getting ready to be kicked down the driveway to the garbage pick up!

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Winter watering is one of the most difficult things about owning chickens.  I have a few watering devices I use for winter that work well but if the weather gets extreme, the only thing that works well is a heated area with water inside.

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I'm sure there's probably a cheaper way but this is what I did.  Bought a 2 gal. metal fount waterer at Tractor Supply and also bought a separate heater base to set it on. 

Mama to 2 hens and 1 rooster, 4 dogs~~~2 rescued greyhounds from the racetrack, a hound mix and a rat terrier, both strays.  Newest pet addition...4 hermit crabs...bought 4 more....total of 8 now. 

Also "Mimi" to 5 grandkids, who keep me busy going to their school soccer, basketball, volleyball games, community and school plays and dance recitals. 

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Mama to 2 hens and 1 rooster, 4 dogs~~~2 rescued greyhounds from the racetrack, a hound mix and a rat terrier, both strays.  Newest pet addition...4 hermit crabs...bought 4 more....total of 8 now. 

Also "Mimi" to 5 grandkids, who keep me busy going to their school soccer, basketball, volleyball games, community and school plays and dance recitals. 

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i know alot of people on here make their own heater bases with i cookie tin i don't have the link but much cheaper then buying one.

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I use a cookie tin heater with a 2gal metal water fount.  It didn't cost me $5 to build. Mine  works great with a 40W bulb. See link below.

Jack

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/107951/cookie-tin-water-heater


 

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