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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by laurie9503, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. laurie9503

    laurie9503 In the Brooder

    Jun 27, 2011
    I live in Minnesota and it gets really cold. I've been reading all the posts about heated waterers. It looks like the plastic ones suck. Most people are happy with the galvanized heated base one, or some others like the heated dog bowls. Can someone please tell me the pros and cons to these. Remember, this is for cold temps. Is the galvanized waterer (fountain) also heated, or just the base? Do the birds walk in the heated dog bowl, or do you set this up higher and they don't?

  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Love the dog dishes. The HUGE kind. (think Rotwieller of St Bernard) Into that dog bowl, I do not pour the water directly. That'd be OK, but much prefer to just set a small pail, like a re-cycled ice cream pail into the bowl. This makes swapping out fresh clean water a snap. If the bucket needs cleaning, which isn't very often, you can take a fresh one out, and bring the old pail inside to be cleaned. When it is 20 below, I can think of no easier, simpler and quicker way to deal with watering the hens.

    If any straw or litter gets into the dog bowl, just take your gloved hand and swipe it out. Done. Easy as pie.
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  3. been wondering the same thing myself. I'm glad someone has an answer that lets me use all these ice creme buckets [​IMG]
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Quote:[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] We actually bought a bucket of ice cream just for the pail. Winter's coming. Absurd we are.
  5. Cynth

    Cynth Songster

    Apr 13, 2011
    Lyman, Maine
    Here we use those big dog bowls that are made of rubber and when it ices just turn it over and stomp the ice out and refill. twice a day works. I am going to start using the nipple waterers with a submerged heater. We will see.
  6. workinnanie

    workinnanie Songster

    Apr 26, 2009
    We have been using the electric dog dishes (both metal & plastic) for years & they work great until the baby chicks come. They will drown so need to get them put away come spring![​IMG]
  7. karlamaria

    karlamaria Songster

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
    So tell me ( better yet have you got a picture) of what you are talking about ? You buy a heated dog bowl, and put a bucket inside this and it keeps water from freezing? This will not melt the plastic bucket?

  8. TN_BIRD

    TN_BIRD Chirping

    Mar 15, 2011
    Some plastic has fairly high melting point (you can actually put Saran wrap in a 250* oven)


    Making something like this wouldn't be too difficult. Just slide a light bulb underneath the pan.

  9. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    No, the bowl itself is plastic. Thus, the plastic water bucket doesn't melt. The device simply doesn't get anywhere near that hot!!!

    These bowls merely keep the water from turning to ice, that is all. It isn't really even heating the water, as in a water heater from your home. They have built in thermostats that click ON when the temp falls below 40. Once the temp is back to 40, it clicks itself off, saving electricity. Thus, the temperature of the water is never above 40F degrees.
  10. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member


    bigger the dog bowl, the larger the pail it will hold. Again, lots of folks just pour water directly into the bowl, but that works. But keeping it clean in zero weather is no fun. By putting a little pail in the bowl, you just swap out pails. Much quicker and easier. FWIW


    This is ice cream bucket type we are talking about. Of course, any small bucket would do just fine, as long as it fits into your dog bowl heater.
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