store bought heated base question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chicksrule1, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. chicksrule1

    chicksrule1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just bought one of those metal heated bases for my waterer. When i read the instructions, it says you cannot plug it in to an extention cord. I do not have electricity to my coop. Has anyone else used an outdoor extension cord with these?
     
  2. rdranch

    rdranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you can keep the cord lenght at 100 feet or less, use a heavy duty extension cord and plug it into a GFCI outlet you should be fine. [​IMG]
     
  3. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Northern Indiana
    I have the 5 qt. heated bowl waterer run off of a 100 ft. extension as well and have had no problems.
     
  4. chicksrule1

    chicksrule1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I just don't see why you couldn't use an outdoor extension cord. I have an outdoor electrical outlet in my backyard, its just not right next to the coop. I will give it a try.
     
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    chicksrule1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have the 5 qt. heated bowl waterer run off of a 100 ft. extension as well and have had no problems.

    It also says it must be used in a covered & inclosed area. My coop has a roof, but the sides are hardware cloth. Do you put up some kind of barrier against the rain to protect it?
     
  6. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it is stated for their legal protection. I use a light bulb inside a metal tin can [​IMG] with an ext cord
     
  7. CARS

    CARS Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 3 heated bases, all run off of 3 50' H.D. extension cords (on one circuit [​IMG] )
    4 years like this and so far, so good. Feel the cords to see if they get warm (they should not) and don't run any longer cord than needed.
    Heavy Duty cords are much more expensive, but is much cheaper than a fire.
     

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