Chicken waterer heaters

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by angora831, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. angora831

    angora831 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 26, 2008
    Manhattan, KS
    I have bought some new waterers from Tractor Supply Co this year and was told at the time of purchase that they did have a heater that would work with the molded plastic 3.5 gal waterers that I purchased. Now that I want to start thinking about getting a heater, the ones that they carry only are recommended for metal waterers. I had a feeling that what I was told may be too good to be true, but now that I have the waterers I need to see if anyone carries heaters that will work with the molded plastic kind of chicken waterer. Anyone have experience with this issue?

  2. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    My husband made a base of wood (sides 4 12"boards together) put thin tin on top of itand sides and a lightbulg holder and let the lightbulb touch the tin. Tin keeps water from being on it. It's great..... We use it with our plastic waterers. It is a nice and much less expensive way than the heaters...

    So if you're handy, this can also be a solution.

    Have a blessed evening.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2009
  3. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I believe they are called bird bath heaters, or something like that. It is a metal heating element on the end of a cord, and it drops directly into the water. I have seen them, but have not used them. I was told they are safe for the plastic.
  4. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    try look at item #EHB I have one and it works great. Will
  5. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    My neighbor swears by aquarium heaters for his buckets. He's been doing it for several years and they are only ~ $5 at Walmart. I'm going to give that a try this winter since the aquarium heater will cost much less to run I think, than an immersion heater. And I believe they have a thermostat. We are still in the 90's here so I haven't investigated the details yet.
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  6. angora831

    angora831 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 26, 2008
    Manhattan, KS
    Thanks everyone for the ideas. I knew that there had to be a way to keep the plastic waterers from freezing up. Where there is a will there is a way and good ole yankee ingenuity.[​IMG]
  7. Garden Gal

    Garden Gal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    Quote:What a great idea!!! [​IMG]
  8. Chickn chick 46

    Chickn chick 46 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2009
    I saw one for plastic waterers in the McMurray catalog yesterday. Don't remember the price

    I'd like to figure something out without electicity. I don't have power in my coops and frozen waterers are a pain!
  9. Hen_House_Rocks!

    Hen_House_Rocks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    I wonder if you could wire up the aquarium heater to a solar panel? That would be truly awesome! Unfortunately my coop is too far from a power supply. Thanks for the great idea!
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  10. lamelde

    lamelde Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 3, 2009
    Sparta, WI
    This 5 gallon bucket - does it have those nipples in it or is it sitting inside another container?

    What keeps the water in the nipple from freezing?

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