1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

5 gallon Bucket water heaters

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by wyofam, Aug 28, 2016.

  1. wyofam

    wyofam Just Hatched

    14
    0
    12
    Jun 12, 2016
    WYOMING
    With winter coming and temperatures in wyoming already dropping into the low 40's I am beginning to research the best bucket heating solutions for horizontal nipples. I have seen recommendations for 150 watt to 250 watt but there are a million different brands The temperatures here drop to -20 sometimes for a week straight and I am trying to find best heating solutions This will be my first winter with chickens and I want to do things correct. I currently have a 5 gallon bucket with 3 horizontal nipples for my 6 birds. Experienced cold weather chicken folks please give me some advice on the best heaters and wattage required to keep the water flowing through the nipples all winter long. Surviving a long wyoming winter is hard enough for humans..... Hopefully the birds will survive [​IMG] Thanks!!!
     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Check out the Chicken Chick on google...Awesome info for what your looking for...
     
  3. wyofam

    wyofam Just Hatched

    14
    0
    12
    Jun 12, 2016
    WYOMING
    Yes I have already read through alot of information on the Internet and in the forums. That was one that I had looked through previously. Just would like to get some first hand information from some people that are currently using de icers to see what brands are working and what wattage is required when it gets really cold (-20 to - 30 ). Thanks for the info
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I use a 9 quart or 2.25 gallon heated bucket it is 50 watts for my DUCKS....I heat my chicken house with a heat lamp so my water never freezes...I know it is harder here in my neck of the woods to use the nipple waterers during winter so I never bothered using them.....We also get very cold...-30 to -40 on our coldest days.
     
  5. wyofam

    wyofam Just Hatched

    14
    0
    12
    Jun 12, 2016
    WYOMING
    I found a pretty cool map online at www.farminnovators.com/agricultural.htm de-icer product guide that has temperature ranges and recommended wattage. It appears in northeast wyoming I will need 250 watt for my 5 gallon bucket. I am still trying to figure out which brands if de-icers have worked best those raising chickens in really cold areas using horizontal nipples. I am going to try and not put a heat lamp in my coop and see if my chickens can tough it out. Thanks for the advice. Seems a little difficult to get feedback or advice. I am new to raising chickens so any advice is extremely helpful. My chickens have survived their first 10 weeks of life even after a badger attempted to dig into their coop I read in other forums to bury my hardware cloth atleast 1 foot deep and it stopped the badger so I definitely appreciate any advice given on these forums.
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I understand.....I live in central Alberta....Cold!
    Nipple waterers are great in summer but winter here is cold..
    Find at your local pet store fish pond deicers....A heated tank heater....?

    Best of LUCK!
     
  7. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    699
    121
    156
    Jul 18, 2013
    Kalispell MT
    I live in Montana. For winter I use a 15 gallon clear tote (so I can see the water level), horizontal nipples, and a stock tank heater that is rated to be used in plastic. With the big capacity it only needed filled once a week or so for my dozen birds. We got down to -10 F without the water freezing. The water is kept outside in the run.
     
    1 person likes this.
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I use the four litre waters...All winter and Summer. Like I stated , I heat my coop. -10 is when I turn on the heater. Keep them under the heat lamp and my water never freezes... Hope you figure out your water soon?

    Best of luck
     
  9. DogCatChickMom

    DogCatChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    65
    20
    56
    Feb 8, 2016
    Centertown, MO
  10. wyofam

    wyofam Just Hatched

    14
    0
    12
    Jun 12, 2016
    WYOMING
    What kind of stock heater do you use??? Brand ?? Wattage?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by