Farm Innovators "All-Seasons" Heated Plastic Poultry Fountain - 3 Gal. Model HPF-100, 100-Watt

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    This 3 gallon poultry fountain is thermostatically controlled to operate only when necessary and prevents water from freezing down to 0°F. Ideal for year round use. One year limited warranty.
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Recent User Reviews

  1. N F C
    "So far, so good"
    Pros - It's keeping the water unfrozen
    Cons - Pain to fill
    I've only had this heated waterer for about a month so my opinion may change at some point. For now, it's working fine. It has kept the water unfrozen during the few times (so far) that our weather has been in the teen's. I'm in WY so I'm sure this waterer will get a workout!

    Just like any other bottom-fill waterer, it's kind of a pain to fill. But I do like that it holds enough water to take care of my small flocks needs for 2-3 days.

    This was the only heated waterer available in the couple of farm stores closest to me. After reading the previous reviews, I did order a heated pet bowl from Amazon as a back up in case this one bites the dust. Always good to have a back up!
  2. Gallus123
    "A whole new level of useless"
    Pros - It works...
    The chord wraps around its base when not in use
    The girls can pick at the shiny prongs when not in use
    It holds a lot of water
    Cons - Short chord
    Water Plug wears out
    Falls apart easily
    Purchased this because we needed a larger fount, and quickly found it to be less than useful.
    Depending on where you place it, (we like to keep founts available from all sides) you may have to run an extension chord in the bedding for it.
    Until you get the hang of it, it is tricky to fill. You will definitely have it come apart on you at least once when you are flipping it over.
    And don't use the black plug in the base to fill. Once that wears out, you need to get your Macgyvering skills out to seal it properly.
    It does keep the water from freezing, but only because we use supplemental heating in the coop. I don't know if that element would work to keep the upper areas of the fount from freezing in more northern climes such as ours.
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  3. FlyingNunFarm
    "So So"
    I needed a heated waterer for crazy NE Ohio winters. I liked that this had a built in thermometer so it wouldn't be on all the time, only when needed. It's been through 2 winters and has never failed. (Even though my chickens knock it over frequently.)
    It can be a pain to fill. If you fill the top part and then try to put the bottom on its hard to get it to line up properly. I always take it apart to clean it so I've gotten in the habit of putting the bottom on then using the port to fill it. The handle for carrying and hanging seems flimsy to me. (Why it's not hung and they are able to knock it over)
    I feel safer not having the metal "hot plate" style heater. Not perfect but what I prefer it over other options.

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  1. Giselle1996
    Thanks for this information. I was about to buy this waterer. Im looking for a heated waterer for the winter. I guess I will keep looking.
  2. N F C
    Wish I would have read these reviews before getting one of these...DOH! I used to raise chickens in FL (no need for a heated waterer there) but this will be my first WY winter with chickens and it gets cold. Guess we'll see how it holds up, there weren't many options at the farm stores here.
  3. slordaz
    I have enough problems with the metal one that is designed for the cold climates on top of a heated base, would not even dream of using something like that unless your biggest low temp is say like 30F
  4. mairin49
    This model I am sure was designed by someone who hasn't a clue about designing a heated water heater for chickens. Seriously this is a BAD design. First time I filled the thing I got more water on me than in the device. There is no locking in to place and the first time I tried to hang it in the coop the plastic handle snapped. You have to fill it from the bottom--- why not fill from the top to save mess and aggravation? I paid 69.95 Cdn. for a piece of plastic garbage which no doubt is designed to self destruct after one winter season or earlier. Did it work? Partially, ice had formed on the top during a cold snap which is why I bought the thing in the first place. Wish the manufacturers would read this.
  5. Gone-Quackers
    Don't buy any Farm Innovators equipment. I bought their heated water bucket (different product than for above) for my ducks and it froze. Returned it to the store for another one which also froze. Was still frozen after sitting for a week until I could return it to the store. Then the bucket cracked. Luckily I had my reciepts and got a refund.
  6. birds4kids
    As others have said it comes apart too easily and needs to be VERY level. It does keep water from freezing. As with any open waterer they make a muddy mess of it fast.
    Kept as a backup, but using horizontal nipples in buckets with stock tank heaters, cost less and far happier with the result.
  7. Sydney Acres
    I have three of these, and like them. Now I do agree with evemfoster that they could be made better, and that the top doesn't stay attached to the bottom as well as it should. But like they say, "forewarned is forearmed," so after the first time it came apart on me I was just very careful with it and have never had a second incident. And they do need to be kept level, but that's a feature with most waterers. I keep mine elevated on some bricks, so once I got the bricks level there's never been a repeat issue. But being the best quality waterer or being a waterer that doesn't need to be leveled is not this product's claim to fame. I bought it to keep the water from freezing, and it does that perfectly and consistently, without causing a fire, using three of them for four years. I don't use it as my regular waterer because it's not great quality and you do have to be careful with it. But it's a lot better than hauling warm water out to the birds every 2 hours so they can have something to drink, especially on freezing cold mornings when they wake up thirsty and I wake up not wanting to walk out into the ice and snow at daybreak.
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  8. evemfoster
    I bought one last year when i got my chicks. It was horrible for all the reasons you listed. It never made it to winter when it got cold the plastic broke. So i have never tried the heated base. Considering how poorly made the rest of the waterer was made i was afraid to try it.
  9. Scrambles55
    I also have this waterer. It is very difficult to fill and flip over. I have had the bottom fall out also. It does well keeping the water from freezing, but I have had frozen water on real cold days. I am going to see if I can use the base for warming a bowl of water. I do also give them warm water in a rubber bowl.
  10. banjomoon
    When you use the heated water bowls, do you just fill them or do you put some kind of other contraption in to hold more water? My worry is that the water will get really dirty and they don't have a huge capacity. I would love any suggestions!

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