Heated waterers outside?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Katy, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Are the big plastic heated waters able to be set outside...or do they need to be inside like my base heater?
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    I would guess if they're in a sheltered spot they'd be fine.

    I'm thinking about getting a "tank de-icer" for my bigger water containers, and that will obviously be outside - I just have to figure out the PLUGGING In somewhere part.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    You'd want them in a sheltered spot and on a good high platform where you could be REALLY sure that snow or mud or wet shavings will not build up around 'em, because the plug (where you plug in your extension cord) is right along the edge of the bottom of the waterer. Also, as much as they already require a GFCI-protected outlet for safety indoors, they SURE would outdoors.

    But as long as you could get around the electrical safety challenges I don't see why not. The 3(?) gal plastic waterer with the integral heating element in its base, that a lot of places are selling, claims to be good down to 0 F.



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