Heated waterer, using a stock tank deicer and horizontal nipples

By blackdog043 · Dec 20, 2018 · ·
  1. blackdog043
    I use a 5 gallon bucket, gamma lid, horizontal nipples and a stock tank deicer for my heated waterer. I like to use horizontal nipples, because they keep your water clean 24/7 and should not freeze during the winter as long as you have a heat source at the bottom your waterer. If you use the horizontal nipples, drill an 11/32 hole and screw the nipple in leaving 2 -3 threads showing, do not screw them all the way in. When the deicer is not needed(after winter), I put a piece of tape over the rubber grommet to keep any dirt from getting inside the waterer. Also, under the waterer is a plastic planter saucer I got from Lowes and the bucket sits on a couple bricks to raise it up some. The nipples don't drip water, but when the chickens use it, some water can drip and get the bedding wet. This is the only heated waterer I use in the winter, I have a 14 gallon non heated horizontal nipple waterer inside the run, but take it out during winter.

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    To keep the waterer filled during winter, I carry a couple gallon milk jugs to the coop and pour the water through the 2 inch hole the grommet is in. I don't usually clean out the waterer during winter, because it stays clean inside. I have a piece of cardboard nailed to the coop wall, so they can't jump on top of the waterer and poop on the lid.
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    I bought these parts from Lowes, to put the cord through. I drilled a 2 inch hole for the computer grommet(on right) to sit in, then sliced the rubber grommet so I could put it around the cord.

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    250 Watt Stock tank deicer that I use
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    2 - 3 threads showing on the nipple threads.
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  1. Anonymous
    "Good article on heated waterer."
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jan 26, 2019
    Neat idea and good clear pics.
  2. N F C
    "Heated Waterer"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Dec 22, 2018
    Looks like it works well for you. What was your total approximate cost?
    1. blackdog043
      When I built this one, about $50.00. The deicer was $35.00(most expensive thing) I like gamma lids, for the ease of taking them off, worth $7. something to me. You might build it for less money , if you wanted to use a different heater and no gamma lid.
  3. aart
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Dec 21, 2018
    Love the double grommet arrangement!
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  1. N F C
    Good idea!
  2. Acre4Me
    We tried this idea this winter. Bought 2 de-icer (intending to have 2 water buckets), but neither worked. Buckets froze over and throughout. Next used a 250w stock tank heater (intended for use with plastic buckets), but heated water to 80F! This was stated on packaging and it is a heater. We kept the heater in for 2-3 weeks, but the welding on the wire cage of the heater was not done with the right material and it produced copious amounts of rust. Birds were not drinking water out of here, and we speculated that either the 80F temp or the rust in the water were putting them off. We moved to a heated dog bowl. On the plus side, the nipples never leaked and having the closed top bucket was a very clean method.
    1. blackdog043
  3. jreardon1918
    Looks great. You might want to add something on top to prevent the chickens from sitting on it. I place my bucket under the raised coop.
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    1. blackdog043
      I have a piece of cardboard on a slant, nailed to the wall of the coop, so they don't jump up on it. I just didn't post that picture.

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