Small heated bowl for winter water?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Going Quackers, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    I was going to do the cookie tin method but the cost of the kits here and the lack of wire protection has led me back full circle. With only 4 birds and the awful, awful reviews of larger heated waterers i am leaning towards a small heated bowl.. like i guess for cats lol

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    Like the one above, any input? i know they are not like my ducks and won't bathe in it lol that said, if i elevate it will it be ok?
     
  2. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    I bought a bunch of bowls like this for my flock. We , in Florida, had a really had winter 2 years ago. We had a record number of freezes. What a PITA it was to go out and warm up the drinking water every morning. At the end of that winter, I ordered bowls like above. Mine hold 1 gallon of water in each. My flocks are mature, so I don't have to worry about anyone drowning.

    DID they work? This has to be the question you want me to answer....Aaaahhhh , Sorry, but I can't tell you. I never got a chance to use them this past winter. We had almost NO freezes this year, so I never got to use them.
     
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Did you find they stayed out of them ok? my girls are over 4mths now so are definitely large enough not to drown. I am more duck oriented here so i am still learning the differences, the water with chickens isn't hugely drank or messed with other than the massive ability of them to kick bedding everywhere... [​IMG] which clogs up their standard waterer all the time. We've already had one freeze and i know it's coming we have single digits predicated by the weekend, despite hitting up to the high 60's almost 70 today.
     
  4. Fred's Hens

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    I use them. The HUGE dog size. They work marvelously. However, I didn't want to have to clean a plugged in device all the time, so I re-purpose or re-cyce old one gallon ice cream pails and just set the pail into the dog dish. Works perfectly. The dish itself stays clean for weeks and weeks. I just swap out the pail each morning. Done. In below zero weather it is priceless.
     
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  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh, i get it! what a clever idea! Yeah, i could see that working with the large style.. being i only have 4, the small one i think will do i don't want to occupy more space than possible.
     
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote: I'm not quite sure what you mean by that.
    A "cookie tin heater" is just a light bulb in a box, and should cost far less than the heated bowl.

    Just buy one of these and put it in a box:

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