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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jimmywalt, Oct 24, 2013.
This is a great idea! Thanks! Great job!
so..... dumb question or two.... (lol now it is testing my memory, as I can't see the article again) I get the tetra heater. why the pump? and what is the other thing and where do I get it?? the thermocube.
The pump is so the water gets circulated. The heater only heats the water around it, so by circulating the water, everything gets warmed and no top layer freezing occurs.
During the summer, you don't need either the pump or the heater. They are simply winter precautions.
You can get a thermocube at home depot, probably other big box stores have them too...or you can order online.
Thank you! What is the pump for???
Is this the right thing to buy from ebay? Thx!!
Yes. That's it!!!!!!! Good luck with it. You will LOVE them!!!
Jimmywalt, did your birds have trouble transitioning from vertical to horizontal nipples? I have a brite tap, and am adding your bucket style for another source.
Just set mine up after having the a night with a low of 29°F. I did mine with a 5 gallon bucket and got a screw-on lid. I saw nothing that referenced what to do with the cords for the pump and heater, so I just drilled a hole in the top back of the bucket (between the top edge and the first "ring" down from the top) large enough for the plugs to pass through, put both appliances into the bucket, then attached the screw on lid. The part of the lid that permanently attaches to the bucket covers the hole perfectly, with just enough clearance for the cords so that they're not pinched. I put two of the horizontal nipples on my bucket so far, and already had a hen figure it out while I was standing there, even though there are 3 other sources of water out there at the moment. (I will remove those, but after the water froze last night I wanted to be sure everyone had plenty to drink this morning.) I'm hoping my two ducks get the hang of this too! I'll provide them with a heated bowl as well to clean their faces, but it'll be nice not to have to clean that out and refill it multiple times per day as my only source of heated water.
Thank you so much for a wonderful idea and directions! I have a feeling this is going to make my life loads easier. My next project is the feeder bucket...