Solar power for heated drinkers?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ci_cyfarth, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. ci_cyfarth

    ci_cyfarth Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 29, 2011
    Columbia, MO
    I've got a small flock -- four with an ultimate cap of about six -- and I currently use a smallish plastic one gallon waterer outside of the coop. As we're getting closer to winter, though, I'm looking at ways to make sure that my flock has fresh liquid water instead of a block of ice.

    My run has hardware cloth sides, but it's also got a SunTuf roof, so I'm not sure that a passive solar drinker like this one will work. Has anyone got advice on running a small solar panel to power a heated drinker?
  2. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    It would take a lot of power converted from solar to electricity to heat much water.

    For a small waterer such as mentioned, taking it in at night might be the cheapest deal.

    If it stays in the coop, the chickens might keep it warm enough not to freeze.

    I use a 110 volt birdbath heater successfully in winter to prevent freezing. The extension cord is not pretty, but it works.

  3. CGinJCMO

    CGinJCMO Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2012
    Cole County Missouri

    Check out this thread for ideas for your waterer.

    I'm also wanting (but can't afford this year) the heated tape to wrap around pipes to go around my hoses providing water for the chickens. Ultimately, I want to power it off of solar panels but again, not this year.

  4. celticgarden

    celticgarden Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've been wondering about using a low wattage (edison type) light bulb. Somehow safely enclosing the main water container in a lidded box, the light bulb throwing enough heat to keep the water from freezing.
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Quote: Unless you want to spend HUNDREDS of dollars for panels, batteries and inverters, don't even consider it

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