Crockpot kept on "warm" for water heater?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by KayP, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. KayP

    KayP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone tried this? I'm just terrified of burning the coop down!
     
  2. peachlover

    peachlover Out Of The Brooder

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    If they are older than six weeks old they do not need added heat. Merry Christmas
     
  3. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't try it. Typical crockpots have low and high settings which range from 200-300 degrees. Those with warm settings would keep food warm at 150-170 degrees. Obviously too hot for drinking water and a possible fire hazard. Not to mention it would cost a fortune if continually on. Just search this site for water heaters and you'll find some interesting ideas that are much safer.
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2010
  4. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have hung a space heater from the ceiling in my insulated hen house. The heater has a setting that it kicks on only at temperatures below 32 degrees. Once the air temperature rises, it kicks off again. Because my coop is insulated it stays pretty cozy -- between 35 and 40 degrees -- hence the waterer doesn't freeze. I feel this solution is really safe and comfortable for them.

    Can something go wrong -- something can always go wrong -- but I feel I've taken the best precautions I can. This space heater was on sale at a hardware store for $20.00.

    Jenny
     
  5. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't do it--way too hot for chicks. We just keep our chick waterers close to the heat lamp and it stays unthawed.

    On another note, hello neighbor!! [​IMG] I live in MD as well!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it would be too warm.
     
  7. KayP

    KayP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK. It's pretty unanimous out there that a crock pot isn't a great idea. I think I'll try a cookie tin rig up eventually. Thanks, y'all!
     
  8. Wyogirl

    Wyogirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love:D love [​IMG] my electric dog bowls, one is inside the coop and the other outside. They hold 1.5 ga water and do great!!
    Ayda
     

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