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

Average User Rating:
2.13636/5,

Recent User Reviews

  1. abbyf
    1/5,
    "very poor design"
    Pros - does stop water from freezing
    Cons - bad design,
    We needed a water fountain that wouldn't freeze so for $35.99 I bought this. First off the little plug thing which it states to use to fill, hmmm tried it once after spending 5 Min's trying to get the dang thing out, then another 5 trying to put it back in not again. Then you flip it one small twist and 3 gallons of water has just gone over you. I now fill the plastic fountain and then apply the base. The problem is the locking mechanism is held on with a wing and a prayer so again as soon as you turn it over you can bet your bottom dollar you will get wet at least once. The plastic is flimsy and the handle I am waiting for it to fall off. The cord is incredibly short and unlike the dog water bowls the cord is not protected. Now I do use it in freezing weather because I have to and it does work to stop the freezing. But I cannot wait not to need it and I love cold weather.
    Overall:
    1.5
  2. ChickenCanoe
    1/5,
    "Pure Junk"
    Pros - It does keep water thaw down to single digits Farenheit.
    Cons - Leaks, comes apart, seal fails.
    You have to use a level because the water port is at nearly the same height as the rim and any slight lean and all the water will leak out.
    The tabs holding the two pieces together are so short and narrow and the reservoir so thin and flimsy that it frequently comes apart when you turn it over after filling. It isn't fun filling your boots with water when it is 0F outside.
    I bought 2 of these and because they're such a pain to use, I avoid using them unless absolutely necessary. I keep them in the basement so not exposed to UV radiation. In spite of this, the one I've only used twice sprung a leak on the top so it won't hold water no matter what I do.
    It will keep water thaw in mildly freezing temperatures but not worth a fraction of the cost.
    Overall:
    0.5
    Purchase Price:
    80.00
    Purchase Date:
    2013-11-15
  3. evemfoster
    1/5,
    "It's junk don't buy it !!!!"
    Pros - I can't think of any
    Cons - Poor construction, design and extremely difficult to use.
    What a waste of money. Its like they didn't even have any idea what the end product was supposed to be used for and just made it "look good". I'd lay odds that no one who designed this thing had ever owned a chicken.

    The tabs that hold the top on are very loose and don't hold anything in place. 9 times out of 10 when the waterer is filled and flipped top side up the bottom pops off and drenches your legs and feet as well as the run. I never did get the top to stay on if i filled the waterer even half full.

    The plastic of the top is also extremely soft and floppy in warm weather, it adds to the difficulty of keeping the top on when its flipped over. Then if you do get lucky and it stays together the water level in the drinking area is so high even a tiny bit off level all the water leeks out. When the weather gets cold the plastic turns so hard it becomes brittle. With the temperatures only in the lower 40's I pooped the top onto the ground preparing to fill it and the top just shattered. I never did get to try the heated base. To be honest i am afraid to plug it in.
    Overall:
    0.5

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  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. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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