Cookie tin heater

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by blackswamp, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. blackswamp

    blackswamp Out Of The Brooder

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    I got a question for people that use one of these heaters. I have just a regular 40 watt bulb in there & is this enough to keep water from freezing? I put a 60 in there & it was to hot. I do use a plastic water container.

    Thanks
    Jeff
     
  2. Fawn and Fam

    Fawn and Fam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check out the thread I started today "ANYBODY USE A COOKIE TIN WATER HEATER?"
     
  3. Chickens R Us

    Chickens R Us Chillin' With My Peeps

    Instead of a cookie tin I use a popcorn tin because it is taller the perfect height for my large fowl chickens. I put 3-4 inches of gravel in the bottom so it is sturdy and will not tip over. For anyone that doesn't know what a popcorn tin is, you can usually find them around Christmas filled with 4 different types of popped popcorn at stores like Shopko, K-mart and Walmart. I got mine at Good Will for 50 cents. I use a 40w or 60w bulb and a light kit which runs around $5.00
     
  4. Bogtown Chick

    Bogtown Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    I used a 40 watt last winter and thought the water stayed open pretty well. We ran into freeze overs at about the -15 F mark. Then this fall I found a 25 watt and it worked to about 0 before I got ice over on my fount. The tin I recall last year felt "warm enough" with the 40...I don't think I would go to the 60 watt bulb. You are correct on that.
     
  5. blackswamp

    blackswamp Out Of The Brooder

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    Last night it got cold & when the wife open the door this morning to let the chickens out the water wasn't frozen. I was really happy to hear that. Now I got to figure out what's wrong with one of my chickens she has been sick for about a week and a half. Thanks for the replies.

    Jeff
     

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