Poop free heated water

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chicken Man Dan, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. Chicken Man Dan

    Chicken Man Dan Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought a heated dog bowl and wanted to make sure that the birds wouldn't either end up in the water or poo in the water. I've seen a few ideas online using bent wire, but I didn't fancy drilling holes in the bowl housing. Instead I added a vac formed dome to cover it. It looks a little like a space helmet, but with the holes in the side, the birds don't seem to mind. I'm lucky that I have a vac former setup to do this (I design and fabricate consumer products for a living). So far, no wet birds and no poop.

    The original bowl:
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    The vac formed bowl still in the form:
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    The finished assembly with holes cut (note the protective film hasn't been removed in this pic, hence the cloudiness of the material):
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    Thanks,
     
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2011
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Great idea!! I'm sure it keeps 99% of bedding out of the water bowl too. [​IMG] How nice that you have the resources and knowledge to come up with clever products like that - maybe you should market it???
     
  3. Chicken Man Dan

    Chicken Man Dan Out Of The Brooder

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    If there was just one size of bowl it would be easy to make for people, but there seems to be a lot of heated bowl sizes out there! [​IMG]
     
  4. Chicken Man Dan

    Chicken Man Dan Out Of The Brooder

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    PS. Teach1rusl,

    I just went to your BYC page, and I love your setup! That's a great run!
     

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