Heater with a plastic waterer?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by grullablue, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. grullablue

    grullablue Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Can you put a plastic waterer on one of those heaters you buy for chicken waterers? Or would I have to have a metal waterer? Just trying to think ahead here! I've never wintered with chickens before.

    I have a 7 gallon waterer. Do the heaters radiate enough heat to keep all of the water from freezing? Or might I have to use a smaller waterer in the wintertime?

  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    good question...i would like to know also...i'm sure someone will help us out..thanks..Wendy
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I've got one you can use with either metal or plastic. I can't think of the brand name of it right off the top of my head, but I'll look at it tomorrow and let you know.
  4. grullablue

    grullablue Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Madison, Wisconsin
    I feel REALLY guilty bringing that W word up already....lol
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    If the "W" word you're talking about is WINTER, I say it can't come soon enough for me! [​IMG] I hate the heat and love the cold.
  6. keystonepaul

    keystonepaul Songster

    May 14, 2008
    I'm with Katy on Winter- I hate the heat. I'm like a little kid when it snows. Let it snow, Let it snow, let it snow.
    Good question about whether you can put plastic waters on those heaters. How well do they work?? Thanks, Keystonepaul
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    My waterer is a Brower. I couldn't find it anywhere around here so I ordered it.
  8. BawkinOnTheBench

    BawkinOnTheBench Songster

    Jun 13, 2008
  9. willheveland

    willheveland Songster

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    I have a fount heater I bought from Strombergs and a 3 gal waterer made by KUHL.They both work great in the winter,inside the coop.
    Sometimes the water towards the top of the fount freezes,but not too bad.
    I found another fount that was shorter and had a wider base that takes up more surface area of the heater and works a little better with no freezing.
    I never had a 7 gal waterer,it's just too big for me so I can't say for sure ,But I would be willing to bet it would be hard for the heater to keep that much water from freezing at the upper half of the fount. Depends on your winters to.I'm on the NY\\PA border. Will
  10. dakotasnake

    dakotasnake In the Brooder

    May 21, 2008
    im about to winter my birds for the 1st time, i have a 5 gal font and a thermastaticly contolled base heater i hope does the job, it can and does get very cold in s dak. this much i do no, do not use plasic witha base heater. ever

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