Heated waterer....outside?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by imzadi, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. imzadi

    imzadi Chirping

    Sep 19, 2012
    Have one of those plastic, 3 gallon heated waterers..white plastic reserve, red base. Are these weather proof...can be kept outside all winter in maine...snow and rain? I would use electric tape to tape up the plug...going into the outside extension cord. I would SO love to get it out of my small coop.
  2. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Songster

    Mar 25, 2011
    S.E. Michigan
    If you look up the brand on line - Most have a toll free number for questions so you can call and ask the manufacturer.
  3. imzadi

    imzadi Chirping

    Sep 19, 2012
    Well...let a few messages and emails...no response.

    Anyone HERE wanna weigh in and try to give advice?
  4. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    I am not familiar with the device you describe. Nevertheless, certain things can be done to protect an electrical appliance from the weather.

    If you can set it under the coop to keep it out of the direct rain, that would help even if it is not weather proof. Keep the connection of the power cord and any extension cord elevated so that it does not come into contact with water in a puddle. Make sure that the extension cord is plugged into an outlet that is protected by a ground fault current interrupter. Keep the exposed cord out of the path of foot traffic to avoid abrading it and damaging the insulation inside the cord. If you hang the cord, take care not to damage the insulation by draping it from nails or other such things. Position the waterer so that it cannot be turned over.

    Hope this helps.


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