DHens water homemade water heater

  1. Daloorashens
    It gets COLD here in Idaho where I live, and as a teenager used to HATE taking boiling water outside to try and unstick the waterers and dump out the ice for the poor chickens I had at the time. I used crocks and would go out a few times a day to dump them and add new water, it drove me crazy!! So this year when I acquired chickens again (after a 20 year break!) I told DH we HAD to do something about watering them... We looked at the cookie tin water heater thread and this is what we came up with...

    Here are the supplies we used:

    This is one of those aluminum feeders you can get at the feed stores, we paid $5 for these (we made 3) we decided to get these bigger ones so that the waterers would sit all the way on the heater, and not have to worry about it getting tipped over by crazy chickens...

    In this pic you can also see the hole that has already been drilled in the side where the wiring will go...
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    Here are the extra tools we gathered:

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    And the drill bit we used:

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    And the parts we bought:

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    We spent about $25 for everything...

    Okay, now putting it together...
    We threaded the cord through the steel nipple which we placed in the hole, with the hex nuts on both sides to stabilize it:
    We did have to cut the steel nipples shorter, also, DH did that with a dremel, or we could have bought shorter ones...

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    Then, we wired up the part that the light bulb screws into (I guess that's the socket) we did have to split the wire on the cord a little to have enough to loop around, then we pulled the wire back through that hole in the middle to make it snug...

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    Then we pulled the cord tight on the inside and tightened up the hex nut, being careful not to compress the socket too much and pinch the wires:

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    Then we wrapped it with electrical wire to keep it safe:


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    Then I filled the outside with hot glue to help decrease the possibility of water getting in, even though we looped the cord, I was also worried about water possibly spilling over the edge occasionally


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    And then the lightbulb!! I think we used a 40 watt bulb, and it warmed right up.. in fact, the day we put these together, at my mom's place where I keep my breeders the water was frozen, and within 20 minutes had melted once the waterers were on these heaters, YAY!!! We did have to change to a 75 watt bulb as it has been VERY cold this winter, to keep the water from freezing, even then there have been a couple of days that we've had to use the boiling water method, but it beats having to do that everyday, for sure! [​IMG]

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    We cleaned away all the straw down to the dirt and made a ring of bricks which we set the waterers on.. they are working great!!

    Oh yes, and a pic of the final product=)

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    Yay for no frozen water!!

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  1. dickseng
    Thank you. Just after I posted that question I decided to check locally and found that Agway carries them.
    Can't wait to get one done for my chickens/guineas!
  2. La Casa de Pollo
    Metal feed pans at C-A-L Ranch here in Utah and Idaho, you can shop online.
    http://www.calranch.com/. You could also try Randall Birkey online
  3. dickseng
    I just saw this because I/m searching for a way to keep water from freezing in the coop. I'd like to build one also buy have difficulty finding the aluminum feeder pans.
    Can anybody help me? I live in Connecticut and raise Copper Marans and Guineas.

    Thank you
    Dick
  4. hosspak
    This is a great idea, I would try to use a reptile heating pad with thermostat attached. Costs a little more to purchase but will save money through energy savings. Good job.
  5. CarolynF
    Great project and great tutorial. I really love DIY solutions! Thanks!
  6. Daloorashens
    It can get really cold here, -18 this year!! And highs in the single digits, so it has been on 24/7 this winter, we've had to use the boiling water a couple of times to get the water going again, on those really cold days, when it warms up, I'll just unplug it during the day, maybe next year I'll get a timer, lol
    Added a pic of the final product, finally!!
  7. La Casa de Pollo
    Good job girl! I like it!
  8. ChickNmamma
    I think for me it would work if I put it on an automatic timer - to go on in the early morning to heat up the water, then off when it gets warmer during the day. Good note about removing anything flameable from below it!
  9. Daloorashens
    It was really easy and has been working really well, I'm glad we did the bigger base, too, the waterers are very stable sitting on them... We started using them before Thanksgiving and just recently replaced one of the lightbulbs....
  10. Smithyard Farm
    I like the bigger base. I was just about to do a cookie tin, now i think I will follow your lead and get the bigger base. My ckickens are crazy too.
  11. themadchicken
    I love the design. I was going to build something like this but put to much thought into it. But with your design i might just have to rethink about it. I love how simple it is but how great the end result is. NICE JOB!
  12. Daloorashens
    No, it has only been getting into the mid 30's here lately, so I have just left them plugged in, before Thanksgiving when it was in the 40's, I would unplug it during the day, but not now...
  13. themadchicken
    are you useing a thermal cube or another device to turn them on and off automatical?

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