Has anybody used a heated bucket with nipples?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MadChickensVT, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. MadChickensVT

    MadChickensVT Chirping

    Sep 5, 2011
    Middlebury, Vermont
    Seems like hanging a heated bucket with nipples on the bottom would be a nice setup. Has anybody done it? How many watts? How many nipples should I have for 16 chickens?

  2. Tofer76

    Tofer76 In the Brooder

    Aug 7, 2010
    Carthage Il,
    i use a 5 gal bucket w 3 in the bottom spaced just right so a round bucket deicer will fit in the center and it works great

    im not sure a heated bucket will work as the heater is in the bottom and if u drill into it it would ruin the heater
  3. mstrrlm

    mstrrlm Chirping

    Jun 23, 2011
    Picayune, MS
    Use aquarium heater
  4. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    I use a heated bucket with cups and it works great. It is indoors so it keeps the water from freezing.
  5. Ogress

    Ogress Songster

    Nov 24, 2010
    North Bend, WA
    My Coop
    I dropped a bird-bath de-icer into a bucket with nipples. When the temperatures were above 25 or so this worked fine, but then the temps dropped into the single digits and much of the water froze, including the nipples. The waterer was outdoors in the run. This winter I plan on using heated pet bowls in the coop.
  6. Tofer76

    Tofer76 In the Brooder

    Aug 7, 2010
    Carthage Il,
    mine dont freeze but i keep a heated dog dish in there too just in case

    DO NOT USE AQUARIUM HEATERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i dont mean to offend anyone that does but they are prone to overheat and break causeing shock or glass can explode if level is too low . i have tried to use them and did some triall runs with 3 different ones last winter all ended badly !!!

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