My hubby bought, without my input, this ridiculus $50 3 gal heated waterer, because he thought it was the easiest answer to freezing water. It's the clear reservoir that "locks in place" (WHAT A JOKE!!) to the red base and plugs in. I have it sitting on a boot tray to keep the floor of the coop *drier* but it justbarelyfits. I hate this heated waterer and want to return it. We just put it on our coop 2 days ago. Sloshing the nasty out of the tray yesterday wasn't easy & wasted alot of extra water. Hubby said to just clean it when it gets completely empty. Hubby is an idiot. Has to be cleaned everyday in some way. For the most part its just airborne stuff that gets into the lip of the tray since we partitioned off a corner of the coop floor with a 2X4 to keep the litter away from it. Today was my first day having to fill it back up and it wasn't pretty- what normally takes 10 min. took 35 today. After hearing me rant, I bet hubby wished he'd been smart and used preasure treated wood for the floor of the coop. I'm really liking the idea of a nipple waterer, on the bottom of a 5. gal bucket with a lid, because I like cheap & I like using things we already have sitting around. I've looked at so many different things to keep it from freezing... We have a birdbath heater that my MIL gave to us. Would that work in a plastic 5 gal bucket? I don't think it's thermostatically controlled, so I know I have to keep water in the bucket. Is it going to melt the bucket? I would plug up at night, unplug in the morning, unless it was going to stay at freezing or below all day. I know everyone says they don't drink at night, but I've seen mine eat at night, in the coop in the dark, so I will not be taking the water out at night, as some suggest. Also with the 5 gal. bucket (because I like that water isn't sitting around in a tray to get nasty and then you have to dump it out, (all about some water conservation)) how do you suspend the bucket? I would be afraid that the handle would break, so I would have to build some sort of apparatus to hold it up, but then if I get new chickens that are a different size, then it might be too high, or too low.. Hubby has just called from work to tell me he's looking at metal waterers that have a flat side so they rest against a wall, and we could use with the birdbath heater and are meant to be hung so have heavy duty hangers... AGHHHHHHH!!! (FYI coop is about 8X8). All I wanted was eggs, not a full time hobby! At this rate, we'll never break even with these chickens! My cousin who lives 1 mile away just takes them fresh water everyday. I think that might be the wise thing. Or I might keep the $50 waterer and just deal with it. What do you think????