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So this cookie tin heater....

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by clairabean, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    Is a nightlight size bulb enough? And do these work well with plastic waterers?
     
  2. B'villechicken

    B'villechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A night light bulb is probably not big enough. I usually use a 40W bulb. This year, however has been colder and when my 40W bulb burned out, I used a 60W. Plastic waterers are safe with cookie tin heaters. Hope this helps, good luck.

    David
     
  3. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
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    [​IMG] Thank you.
     
  4. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    B'villechicken :

    A night light bulb is probably not big enough. I usually use a 40W bulb. This year, however has been colder and when my 40W bulb burned out, I used a 60W. Plastic waterers are safe with cookie tin heaters. Hope this helps, good luck.

    David

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  5. Neil Grassbaugh

    Neil Grassbaugh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look for an "appliance bulb" like you would use in an oven. Seems like they lasted longer for me years ago when I made #10 tin can heaters.

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    I usually set these down inside a plastic milk carrier with a a wood block below them so that the rim of the can contacted the waterer but so that thewater itself cannot tip.
     
  6. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found that a 25W bulb was not enough. The new 60W bulb keeps it liquid down to 16F so far.

    Night lights are usually 4-5W, so no, they're not enough.
     
  7. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    Ok. So I made one with a 40watt bulb. It is hot to the touch. Not burning, but pretty dang hot. Is that what I am aiming for?
     
  8. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I tested mine indoors, yes it was. Outside it's warm but not hot.
     
  9. snowflake

    snowflake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a 40w appliance bulb also. I do have trouble with my water sliding off the cookie tin. don't know if roosters are chasing around it or what the problem is. Working on a solution for that, but kept water thawed inside coop no other heat in there.I have a plastic waterer on the cookie tin. I also have a heated plastic waterer that works well.
     
  10. B'villechicken

    B'villechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, they will knock it off the tin. I have seel people use bungee cords to secure the waterer. I used an old small cookie sheet that has a rim around it. I screwed it to the wall through the rim while it was sitting on the cookie tin. I then placed the waterer on the cookie sheet and the hens can't skid it off the heater.

    David
     

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