Needing advice on making 5gallon waterer w/ submersible heater PHOTOS

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by typnslow, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. typnslow

    typnslow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello

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    Thanks for taking time to look at this post any advice or suggestions will be appreciated!!!
    We live in N Alabama, for the most part we have mild winters, however the temps do drop below freezing often enough I am worried about the gals water freezing. Some friends of ours gave us a submersible water de-icer from Farm Innovators model # 49N1.
    What are your suggestions for using it?

    I would like to be able to fill from the top without having to pull the lid or flip the thing over
    (the less freezing cold water I spill on my feet...the better!!!!)
    I had thought of putting a shielded heat lamp pointed at the plastic waterer inside the coop, but the risk of fire scares me.


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    our current waterer (in the run)
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    our current waterer (in the coop)
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    I found this waterer on BYC's site
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=61-4_dollar_chicken_feeder_water


    There is electricity run to the coop. We have installed a light and timer to lengthen their daylight hours.
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    Here is a pic of the coop I am using all of this in....
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    Again, thanks in advance for your input!
     
  2. twentynine

    twentynine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your submersible heater could fit right inside of a 5 gallon bucket waterer.

    Here's a picture of one I made. 5 gallon bucket, livestock tank float maintains water level, water supplied by rain water catchment.

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    I am in S E La. very seldom do we have anything but an overnight freeze.
     
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2011

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