homemade heater for plastic waterer?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickenchalupa, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. chickenchalupa

    chickenchalupa Out Of The Brooder

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    Here in wisconsin the weather can get well into the negatives and i need a water heater for my girls' plastic waterer. I'm hoping to make one for myself for pretty cheap. The waterer will be outside all the time. I need ideas, thanks!
     
  2. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think if you use a waterer with heat you should use a metal one. I would be afraid that the plastic would leach chemicals into the water after being heated for so long. I won't reheat food in plastic anymore. Too many bad stories about chemicals especially from China.

    There are heated waterers out there. I would buy one (I know money is tight) so you know it is safe and will work.

    google heated waterers and see what you find. I have to put that on my list of thing to do for tomorrow.

    I'm not ready for winter yet!
     
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I think if you use a waterer with heat you should use a metal one. I would be afraid that the plastic would leach chemicals into the water after being heated for so long

    Most heaters dont really get very hot.
    They only have to keep the water above 32 degrees
    The simplest one is a light bulb in a box with the waterer on top.
    A 40 watt bulb is about all it takes

    You can buy a device called a "Thermocube" that will turn it on at 35 degrees and off at 45 degrees

    www.thermocube.com/
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2009

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