Heated base safe?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by 2dancingrats, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. 2dancingrats

    2dancingrats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After weeks of running out to change the chicken's frozen water we were finally able to get a heated base.
    Now my husband is concerned that it will get too hot on the wooden floor of the coop or cause the pine shavings to smoulder.
    Does the outside and bottom get that hot? I thought they were designed to be okay in a coop.
    Please reply before he makes this into a major safety project.
    Thanks (and thanks from those thirsty chickens too!)
     
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Put it on a block
     
  3. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put mine on cinder blocks. It never got to hot to touch. I kept mine in a barn with a straw floor. It worked fine for me.
     
  4. bikerted86

    bikerted86 New Egg

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    I use a heated dog water bowl. its designed to be safe in a kennel full of hay and doest really get that hot. Only problem I have is some of the chickens think its a hot tub
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2010
  5. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always put my water bowls on the outside of the encloser. I cut a hole for the birds to stick out their head and drink. It helps keep the water clean and is easy to fill.[​IMG]
     
  6. emarble

    emarble Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:So I am not the only one that has chickens that think the dog dish waterer is a hot tub! Mine sometimes like to soak their tired little chicken feet in it! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Ernie
     
  7. johny

    johny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is2-3 inches of space between the rim and the heater pad. That is a lot of room and will not make a wood floor over heat.

    If the floor is flat, the heater base rim prevents wood chips from getting underneath so they are not exposed directly to the heat pad.

    That is why I didn't bother making a block to put it on.
    If you have really deep wood chips, the situation is different and a raised block probably would be a good idea.
     
  8. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
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    Bricks.
     
  9. Turkeyrangler

    Turkeyrangler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've used one in the coop since early November since that is when things start to freeze here. I have it up on bricks set wider than the base and haven't had a problem. Tonight when I got home from work it appears that the birds had a party in the coop. One of the birds (suspect a turkey) knocked over the waterer and the heated base. Not sure when it happened today but the base was laying partially in the bedding. It didn't start a fire or even overheat anything as far as I could see. It keeps the water ice free and it has been down to at least -15 here so far this winter. Between the birds and deep litter I haven't seen it get nearly as cold in the coop as it has been outside. It doesn't feel hot to the touch at all.
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2010
  10. 2dancingrats

    2dancingrats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you eveyone for you replies. Hopefully I can put my husband's mind at ease.
     

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