How do I economically heat a 2 gallon bucket with nipples watering system?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by stephaniej2004, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. stephaniej2004

    stephaniej2004 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am trying to find an economical heat source for my bucket watering system. It is the type that has the "nipples" on the bottom. I really don't want to spend $50.00 on a heat ring! I have read that you can use a fish tank heater on a timer. I am wondering if this is a good idea? Any other suggestions?
     
  2. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't tried a fishtank heater so, I can't tell how that would work. I already have 5 gal bucktes with nipples for all my chickens so, I duct taped foil insulation on the top and sides and put birdbath heaters in them. I spent 31.00 on each heater and hoping I will get several years use out of them [​IMG].
    Good Luck.
     
  3. jmagill

    jmagill Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. lookyhereboy

    lookyhereboy Out Of The Brooder

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    Bird bath de-icer is worth the investment. I use a bucket and nipples to water as well and before the de-icer the nipples would freeze up now the de-icer keeps the water flowing for the girls. check here www.alliedprecision.com
     

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