Heated Dog Bowl w/ Plastic Fountain?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Cluckn Crazy, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. Cluckn Crazy

    Cluckn Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you think placing a plastic fountain inside a heated dog bowl could work? My girls will be locked up for sometime this winter and I'm trying to plan ahead. When the snow's blowing sideways I don't want to have to go out to check on water throughout the day. I have only 6 hens, and a small coop... any ideas?
     
  2. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

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  3. Karrie13

    Karrie13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
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    Doesn't using a heated bowl or heated waterer cause excess moisture in the air? Last winter I just carried water out a couple times a day but this year I have almost tripled my little flock and carrying isn't going to be very efficient. I ask because I use a water tank heater for the horse and there is "steam" rising on those very cold mornings.
     
  4. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good point Carrie. I have a heated dog bowl and will keep an eye on that this winter. We live in the desert and isn't quit as moist as the midwest, but still, in the coop that could be an issue.
     
  5. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    A heated dog watering bowl does not get near as warm as the water tank heater. The dog waterer thermostat keeps the water from freezing and that's it. At least that is all ours does. There is no additional evaporation due to the heater.

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  6. Cluckn Crazy

    Cluckn Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, but couldn't you just set the fountain inside the bowl to a ensure clean quantity of water?
     
  7. Cluckn Crazy

    Cluckn Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ha - look what I found from shopthecoop.com... anyone tried this?


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  8. cherp68

    cherp68 Out Of The Brooder

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    Last winter I mounted a simple low watt lightbulb to the floor of the coop. I then took the porcelain bowl from an old crockpot and mounted it upside down over the bulb. Then set the standard plastic water dispenser on top of the upside-down porcelain bowl. Worked like a charm as the bulb heats the porcelain just enough to heat the water just enough to prevent the water from freezing. And since the entire porcelain pot gets warm; this method also takes a bit of the chill out of the air in the coop on the coldest winter nights.
     
  9. vatterpa

    vatterpa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw that Mother Earth News is having a solar powered chicken waterer contest, but it doesn't end till 1/11
     
  10. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:No one I've heard of that has tried one of those has been happy with it.

    A "Cookie Tin heater" is still the cheapest, most reliable fountain heater
     

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