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Sheltered waterer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by michickenwrangler, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    I bought a heated waterer base for my galvinized waterer. It says for indoor use but my coop is fairly small and when I had water in there, they just ended up messing it more than drinking out of it. So now I have the base and waterer outdoors and I rigged up a 6 x 8 tarp held in place with stretch ties that provides shelter from the north and west and some overhead protection too. The hens already enjoying "hanging out by the water cooler"

    Do you think it will be adequate?
     
  2. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Seattle
    Maybe it's just me, but I would worry about running electrical units (that say indoors only) outside. Probably it isn't sealed for weather & dampness. Could cause an electrical short, which could start a fire.
     
  3. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    I don't have electric in my coop so I would have to run the cord outside anyway. I rigged up the cord so that it runs up along the fence and plugs into the extension cord under the tarp but high above our usual snow line.
     
  4. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Seattle
    Your (outdoor) extension cord is sealed, and rated for outdoor use. Hopefully you're using an outdoor cord?

    But, what may cause an electrical short is the actual water heater. It isn't rated for outdoor use, which means it isn't sealed for weather and damp conditions. It may cause an electrical short when used outside.


    ETA, for typo.
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2009
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Do you have a web site w/info. about your waterer??? I didn't even know they sold heater bases for metal waterers that were for indoor use only...???
     

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