Coffee cup warmer as a chicken-water warmer?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by geoaware, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. geoaware

    geoaware Songster

    Dec 3, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Hi everyone...

    I was at the office today and noticed that I had one of those cheap (WalMart $2) coffee cup warmer on my desk, and I started thinking....(always dangerous when Aussies start thinking)...

    Has anyone thought about using these under their chickens water to stop it from freezing? It has two settings...low and high....and the low setting seems to not heat up the pad so its too hot to touch.

    My big concern is that it will melt my plastic water holder...

    Anyways...any comments of ideas?

    Last edited: Jan 7, 2008
  2. NicoleRM

    NicoleRM Songster

    Dec 2, 2007
    Williston, FL
    I would be worried about spills. I wonder if it's water proof?
  3. AhBee01

    AhBee01 Songster

    Nov 7, 2007
    yo. ohio
    Why not just buy a heated bucket? We bought 2 buckets and one big dog bowl! We use the heated dog bowl for our 9 chickens and so far so good, I do change it daily but it isn't frozen anymore! We use the buckets one for our goats and one for our ducks!!! In the summer we use the waters so we don't have to change them every day. Would be great in the winter, but I haven't seen a heated water as of yet! Money is tight around here, but them buckets were well worth their weight in gold!!!
    You can get them at TSC, and I even seen the heated dog bowl at walmart!
    I know a web sight that sells them too can I post the web name? wasn't sure if that is aloud!
  4. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    McMurray has a nice 3 gallon heated waterer for about 40.00, when I get some extra cash that the way I'm going.
  5. AhBee01

    AhBee01 Songster

    Nov 7, 2007
    yo. ohio
    I think we spent 27.00 on the buckets they were around 2 1/2 gallons
    and the water dish was about a gallon. was selling the buckets for 20.00 before christmas but to find them on that site use the search and put in heated buckets. That was the only way I could find them on that site!
    Walmart's dog bowl was 20.00 also I think!
    The only thing is the birds get shavings in the bowl. I would put it up higher but was afraid my Millies wouldn't be able to reach! But so worth it.
  6. johnnyjack

    johnnyjack Songster

    Oct 21, 2007
    if ya google you can find plans to make about anything ya want.feeders waters heaters.for alot less than you can buy.just takes alittle time.i make feeders out of 3 gallon buckets and clothes hangers. beats paying all that money. and ya can make the water jugs out of buckets also.i made a heater out of a cookie tin i got for christmas.
  7. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    What a great idea! I have large water heaters already, but need another one for my "retirement" room in the coop. I'm going to try it out. I have two hens in the retirement room and don't really want to spend another 50 bucks on a large heater, when all they need is something small. I'll take a look at them next time I'm at the store to see if they seem like a fire hazard or not, and test it out on my deck first before letting any of by birds at it.
  8. newchickmom

    newchickmom Songster

    Nov 8, 2007
    Lafayette, Indiana
    I made one of the water heaters like that one and it worked great! Even when the temp was in the single digits. I used it with my plastic waterer.
  9. EmptyNest

    EmptyNest Songster

    Jan 7, 2008
    SW Iowa
    What a great idea!!! I'm off to Wal Mart at noon to get the supplies - no more thawing waterers every day - yeah!!!![​IMG]

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