water bowl heaters. what do you use

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by remist17, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. remist17

    remist17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in south centrail PA. The winters are not usually to bad but last winter it was single digits for a good long time.

    I you use a metal chicken waterer or also called a sinlge metal fountain. What do you all use for waterers and how do you keep them from freezing. I usually use a heated metal base.

    What about the dog bowls>? or just using rubber pans and nocking the water out each morning and night.....

    any suggestions are helpfull.
     
  2. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    I bought a heated dog bowl after reading several recommendations.
    Good luck!
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    I've been using the heated dog bowls for a couple of weeks. You can use them alone, but I put some old meal dog bowls inside them and just take them out and wash them daily. A gallon sized ice cream pail will work too. The only drawback so far is that they don't hold a lot of water (1 gallon) and it evaporates faster since it is open. Many people on here make cookie tin water heaters--you can look up the threads in the google search above.
     
  4. remist17

    remist17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what about the 5 gallon livestock buckets. I have a few of them but I was concerned over the depth and if they fell in.
     
  5. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

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    When I use one , I use the cookie tin with the lamp light kit in it. I can vary the size of the bulb as nec. so that I do not get it too hot. I set the tin on a piece of tile to protect the floor and put a large stainless metal basin on it full of water. You would need to change it everyday to prevent it from growing bacteria. If not use a tsp of clorox for every gal. Or use the vinger method to keep down bacteria. You do not want hot or even warm feeling water. Just not frozen. I found some small night light bulbs and use those in them. Gloria Jean
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Quote:I have several coops and use everything you mentioned. I just get what happens to be the cheapest/most effective option when I need a new one.
    I use bird bath heaters in the rubber pans too. That's about the simplest. set on bricks or something high enough till the rim is around back high or just a bit lower.
     
  7. Pharm Girl

    Pharm Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    $13 heated dog bowl that only clicks on to heat when the temps are freezing. I have had good luck with it, don't have to worry about freezing water, and that's one less thing on my plate!

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  8. carolinasculpture

    carolinasculpture Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also use the heated dog bowl, just have to clean it out every day which is a pain after using the 5 gallon bucket with the nipples and not have to worry about them fouling the water (no, not fowling). [​IMG]
     
  9. sacrifice

    sacrifice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Farm Innovators Heated Base for my 2 gal double walled waterer. Works great and kept the water liquid even when the temps were in the teens. It also keeps the waterer off the ground, which keeps stuff out of the water.
     
  10. Chicken Man Dan

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