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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Eznet2u, Feb 23, 2012.
Nope it's not an air stone, it's a "92 GPH Miniature Submersible Fountain Pump" from Harbor Freight.
I can connect an airline to it if I choose and shoot that down my PVC pipe, but probably won't do that. I figure if the water moves (as it will in such a small bucket) it should work fine. I can always adjust if needed.
Oh wow I did not know they made them that small.... Me needs to get to harbor frieght more often.
Save 25% on it with this coupon.
I used a glass submersible aquarium tank heater (50 watt) all last year with no trouble. It had a thermostat on it. Worked MUCH BETTER than the birdbath heater I first tried that was 250 watts!!!!!
The one I used was this one:
I've got pumps smaller than that...55 gph and only 1-1/2"L x 1-1/2" H x 1-5/8" tall...use them for my small tabletop fountains.
I will be real curious to see if the water in that small leg stays thawed.
The water in the bucket can be kept moving but it's not going to move the water in the pipe much.
What size pipe is that, looks like 1/2 or 3/4"?
I think if the nipple was on a pipe loop, it would have a much better chance of not freezing up.
Yeah Baby, it gets cold in Michigan.......it can stay below freezing, day and night, for weeks!
Where's the water level need to be on this thing?
I used the mini cups on a bucket last year. I LOVE the mini cups, but the necks did freeze. Even with the warmer water from the aquarium heater. But the necks are much smaller than the pipe on the nipple waterer above.
You can read the saga here if you're interested. I love 'em for summer, but not using for winter again. This post does show the bucket and the heater I used: http://naturalchickenkeeping.blogspot.com/2013/02/poultry-cup-drinkers-waterers-winter.html
I did make an ALL GLASS waterer (I hate plastic) that I'll do a post on in the next few days. Was inspired by mlowen. I will be using them year-round and will sell some to other folks if they want one but don't want to invest in the tool or are afraid of working with glass. Will post soon.
Oooo I want to see your glass waterer!!!