Heating the Waterer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by CityFolk, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. CityFolk

    CityFolk In the Brooder

    Apr 2, 2009
    I saw in the learning center that it says to heat the waterer to keep it from freezing. How do I do that? I have one of the plastic 5 gallon ones. What do I need to do? Thanks. The waterer is outside the coop btw and I don't think it would fit inside very well as it is only 4x4.

    PS I already found a thread with the solution.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2009
  2. Oklahoma Lightning

    Oklahoma Lightning Songster

    Mar 3, 2009
    Twin Oaks
    Do you have electric to the coop?
    If you do you can buy a heater that goes under water container , to heat the water.
    Not in it but under the whole thing.
    I assume it is metal right?
    I saw were they took a cookie can or fruitcake metal can,cut a hole in the side and put a small light in the can. Mount it to the can put the lid back on and set the water on it. For a cheep heater.

    Try this link

    Last edited: Oct 15, 2009
  3. If you scroll down on this page there are pics of a couple of ways to heat water. Personally, I like to have the water inside, 24/7, though I offer extra in the run when possible.

    If you are willing to spend for a heated base, it will be approved and safe. They are expensive, though. Be sure to use any heating device on non-flammable surfaces lsuch as patio blocks raised on cinder blocks.

    Most commercial heating devices are NOT approved for outdoor use.

  4. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

    Nov 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    I use a heated bucket, with a log next to it, so the shorter birds can use it to, its meant to be use in or out side, I like to keep the water outside in the winter because it keeps the humidity down in the coop. not so messy too

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