This thread is a "replacement" for my old thread where I was trying to figure out the best heated waterer. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...-thought-for-a-5-gallon-winter-bucket-waterer After many different trials from "cookie tin waterer" with 40 watt bulb that didn't get warm at all, to thinking about using a heated dog water dish, I finally came up with this idea from reading MANY threads here at BYC. I live in Miichigan right along Lake Michigan where is gets pretty cold during the dead of winter. If memory serves me right, from early January till late February it stays below freezing almost all the time. So I need something that wont freeze, yet want the electric running only when necessary. We have 5 chickens and a 4'x4'x4' coop with a 8' run in our back yard. This waterer is made from a rectangle empty laundry soap bucket that can hold about 4 gallons of water, a submersible heater from Walmart, a submersible fountain pump from Harbor Freight, some 3/4" PVC pipe, and a nipple from a package purchased on Ebay from China. The heater and pump are plugged into a Thermocube that allows the electric to turn on when the temp of the cube is at 35 degrees and turns off at 45. The bucket is raised off the coop floor about chest height of the chickens with cement block and some patio blocks. Under where the nipple is I put some folded up newspaper to catch any drips the chickens make. Walmart heater: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tetra-Heater-1-ct/10291808 Harbor Freight fountain pump: http://www.harborfreight.com/92-gph-miniature-submersible-fountain-pump-68389.html Make sure any water item is plugged into a GFCI outlet. You don't want to find "fried chicken" in your coop! Next to the waterer is a 5 gallon bucket feeder which is PRICELESS. You can find details on how to make this for $3 bucks in other BYC threads. I believe this waterer will be the winner for me this winter. This is our first winter with chickens. Please feel free to ask any questions. I'd be happy to share any suggestions to help you make one too! Late addition to the bucket above.......... A drip catcher for stray drips This is a test of the pump and heater in a round 5 gallon bucket. The pvc and nipple that the chickens drink from UPDATE - My new horizontal nipple bucket!!!! I am now using horizontal nipple in a bucket and couldn't be happier!! It doesn't drip!!! I'll never go back!!!!!!!! You can see the red nipple in the "Wind Fresh" bucket in the lower right corner. It works GREAT!!!!!!!!! ABSOLUTELY no drips - None at all!!!!!