fish tank heater to keep water from freezing?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sarahtar, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. sarahtar

    sarahtar Hatching

    Jan 27, 2009
    OK, is there a reason I can't think of (because I don't actually have chickens yet and so am really really uninformed, lol) that a fish tank heater would NOT work to keep water from freezing in the winter? We're probably going to use a 5 gal bucket for water, so there's no way they could peck at it if I sink it down to the bottom. I could probably cover the cord with something peck-proof if needed.

  2. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK

    Sounds like it would work if you had a place to plug it in...the only problem would be if the water level got to low on it...but yup sounds good
  3. tomcio

    tomcio Songster

    Sep 3, 2008
    I was thinking of the same thing until I remembered I had one heater shatter on me when I emptied a tank and forgot to unplug it!

    I believe the heater, even 50W would work splendidly, but you have to ensure there is adequate water leftover for it to be covered at all times. Otherwise you run a risk of it breaking, and creating a burn/electrocution hazard for you and your birds.

    There has been other heater ideas around on the forum, I made a couple of the cookie-tin hot plates with 25W bulbs and in -25C weather I had my plastic waterers still unfrozen overnight.

    Here is a link to how it's made: I have 'upgraded' mine with reflective insulation on the bottom and sides so it directs all the heat to the top plate on which the waterer sits.


  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Only problem that could be.... if it's really cold, the heater may work constantly and burn out.
    It's a bit of a crap shoot, but can't hurt to try.

    And, [​IMG] !

  5. How will you protect the cord?
    Can it flip out and start a fire?

    I dunno, I'm so pleased with my electric dog bowl and it's designed for safety...

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