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Best Bucket Waterer Heater?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Gray Ghost, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. Gray Ghost

    Gray Ghost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I water my 28 hens with a couple of 3-gal. plastic buckets with nipple waterers in the bottom, hanging from the ceiling of the coop. This will be my first winter so I trying to decide the best way to keep the water flowing in my (unheated, NE Wisconsin) coop. I am thinking some kind of heater suspended in each bucket will work.

    What kind of heater has worked best for you in similar situations? I stopped by Wal-Mart to look at acquarium heaters and there was one for about $18 but it will keep the water at 78 degrees farenheit which seems like overkill and might use more electricity than necessary. I also found a couple of 44-watt and 50-watt submersible birdbath heaters on Amazon.com which look like they might work.

    I would prefer a heater which is thermostatically controlled in order to save power consumption.

    Any other suggestions?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. FlashPointFarm

    FlashPointFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use Livestock water heaters and put them in a plastic barrel that I cut down to 14 inches or so. Lots of water and the heaters do a great job, especially if there is air circulation around it. I keep mine outside so it's less messy in the coop.
     
  3. jmagill

    jmagill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should look at the watts used for the heater.

    I use an aquarium heater because the watts used are only 25 while most bucket heaters and deicers are 250 watts and more.
     
  4. jmagill

    jmagill Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I would prefer a heater which is thermostatically controlled in order to save power consumption

    Plug the heaters into a Thermocube:

    http://www.thermocube.com/
     
  6. Gray Ghost

    Gray Ghost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Plug the heaters into a Thermocube:

    http://www.thermocube.com/

    I already have a thermocube. However I don't think it's meant to be immersed in water. I'm looking for a device which will heat the water based on the temperature of the water (to keep it just above freezing) not on the temperature of the air.
     
  7. Ohhhdear

    Ohhhdear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aquarium heaters are trouble in the making. On the surface, they look like they'll work great; submersible, low watts, cheap. But the problem comes if the water level drops around the heater and the glass cracks... the best scenario is the heater shorts out, worst, your water system carries an electric shock. Glass gets in the water. Water gets cold and freezes.

    I think a dog water bowl heater would be more safe, even if you just submerge it into the bucket.
     
  8. Cluckn Crazy

    Cluckn Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed - aquarium heaters - NOT SAFE!
     
  9. AnnainMD

    AnnainMD Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. ijon1

    ijon1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a heated dog pail. Put a peice of flat plastic on top with hole big enough for the chickens to reach water.
     

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