Heated waterers for the winter

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by nittanyxi, May 19, 2010.

  1. nittanyxi

    nittanyxi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm getting ready to buy feeders and waterers for the coop I'm building soon. I need to get a heated waterer for the winter. what is the best kind. where is the best place to find them?

    IF I get water nipples is there a way to heat those and keep them running in the winter?
     
    Last edited: May 19, 2010
  2. sheaviance1

    sheaviance1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2010
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    You can get a heater at mcmurrayhatchery.com, but this may not be what you are looking for.
     
  3. nittanyxi

    nittanyxi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I checked mcmurry and they don't have any right now.

    does anyone know how far off the ground water nipples should be so that both full size hens and bantams can drink from them?
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Its easy to make a heater
    All you need is a light bulb in a box and set the water on top
     
  5. silkie33

    silkie33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like to use a large heated dog bowl. Its a lot easier to fill and clean. I have used chicken waters in the past, a real pain to fill in cold weather without spilling water all over. When I say cold weater I mean down to 20 below.
     
  6. Debob

    Debob Out Of The Brooder

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    This coming winter I'm going to try a engine block heater to the bottom of the waterer. Hopefully it works .
     
  7. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:They get WAY too hot
    A 40=60 watt light bulb will normally put out all the heat you need
    Block heaters can go as high as 450 degrees
     
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  8. Debob

    Debob Out Of The Brooder

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    Well scratch that idea. Thanks BFF
     
  9. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    I just use heated 2-4gallon buckets and throw a brick in the bottom to avoid drowning or tipping over. Much cheaper than heated poultry waterers.
     
  10. jmagill

    jmagill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a bucket with nipple waterers on the bottom and an aquarium heater dropped in it.
     

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