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

Average User Rating:
2.18/5,
  • Brand:
    Farm Innovators
    Manufacturer:
    Farm Innovators
    Model:
    HPF-100
    Product Price:
    $42.99
    Buy URL:
    http://amzn.to/2sSpFhT
    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. OG Anomaly
    2/5,
    "Falls apart"
    Pros - Water doesn't freeze
    Cons - Thin plastic, cheap construction, bottom fill
    This feeder is not built strongly enough to securely hold together when filled with a full 3G of water. The weight will pull the top off while moving/maneuvering and you will end up with 3G of water all over you, your run, your coop, etc. Usually when it's below freezing.
    Also, it is a bottom fill, which is pretty awkward, wet, and messy. I didn't see this listed in the description, where I purchased it from.
    The heating element seems to work well and has a nice heavy duty cord. That's why I gave it 2 stars.
    We are already looking for a better option and will not use this again next year.
    I'm leaving this review so others are forewarned. It will hold 2G without falling apart, but it's supposed to hold a full 3G.
    Glad I got this on sale & didn't pay full price, lol
    Purchase Price:
    $25
    Purchase Date:
    Oct. 2017
  2. Joan VanGrinsven
    5/5,
    "Love it!!"
    Pros - It really keeps the water from freezing even in 20 below temps! Lasts several days.
    Cons - I learned that I have to carry it to the coop upside down because if I bump it against something on the way, it can come apart and there goes the water.
    I love this waterer. Living in Northern Minnesota our temps get well below freezing and since I work during the day, I can't keep switching waterers. It works great even in 20 below temps or more. It lasts for about three days with 5 hens. I do end up refilling it before it runs out so maybe could go 4 days but I never risked it.
    Purchase Price:
    $40
    Purchase Date:
    2016
  3. baldessariclan
    1/5,
    "Has worked great for us over past 3 winters"
    Pros - Has always kept our water from freezing, so far
    Thermostatic switch -- automatically turns off when temps above freezing
    Good capacity -- don't need to refill as often
    Cons - Can be bit heavy / awkward to carry when fairly full
    Pricey to buy, new
    We have experimented with several different types of heated waterers for winter usage, and this one has been about the most popular with us, so far. We've used it for 3 winters now, and is still working fine. Red plastic base has sun-faded a bit, but not cracked or deteriorated functionally yet. We only use it in winter, though -- have found it easier switch back to a couple smaller 1 gallon unheated waterers for use during the summer.

    I especially like the built in thermostatic switch -- you just plug it in and forget about it. It will only turn on / apply heat when necessary (i.e. whenever outside temps fall below freezing) -- automatically remains off when warmer out.

    We place ours on top of a short stack of square paving bricks, with a dense foam pad placed at top of bricks for waterer base to sit on (i.e. to help insulate base from heat conduction into the cold rock below). As others have noted, the brick base needs to be fairly level to avoid spillage issues. I would NOT recommend hanging this one from the plastic handle if fairly full of water -- it will be too heavy.

    When fairly full of water, it can be somewhat weighty and awkward to carry. In this case, recommend only partially filling the font before carrying -- makes it easier, especially for smaller and/or younger folk. I find it easiest to fill the font with the base off, screw the base back on while upside-down, and then carry entire assembly still upside-down back to the coop before flipping back over and placing on the brick base. Once again, if too tricky / awkward for some, try it with less water to see if that helps.
    Overall:
    4
    Purchase Price:
    Around $35, from TSC
    Purchase Date:
    Fall 2014
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User Comments

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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.
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  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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