Winter waterer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cslater, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. cslater

    cslater New Egg

    Aug 8, 2011
    We have cold winters and I'm looking for something automatic. Does anyone use a: Miraco LilFount Pet Waterer w/heat?

    I'm wondering if this would be hard to keep clean?

    ...or if anyone has other heated, automatic watering suggestions.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Not familiar with that particular one, but lots of folks use heated dog waterers. You can also make one for next to nothing out of a light bulb socket and something like an old fashioned round cookie tin or even a concrete block to protect the light bulb. Of course you need to protect the electrical stuff from the chickens. Lots of threads on here about this, or Google.
  3. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would like to use an automatic waterer, but even with a heater it seems like the outer lines/tubes would freeze. I dunno [​IMG]
  4. kesali

    kesali Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2011
    far northern Wisconsin
    I am looking into this very thing right now. It might be early August, but in northern Wisconsin it is time to start getting ready for our long winter. Am going to Tractor Supply this week and see what they have for heated water containers.
  5. filly1969

    filly1969 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 6, 2010
    Yes I did use a Lilfount pet water with heat made by miraco last winter for my chickens and ducks.

    I worked great. It did get dirty inside becasue of the ducks but they get anyting dirty. It has a big foam O ring that you need to wet everytime you put the lid back on to make the lid on tight to keep the gravity feed working right. But once I learned how to do this it worked great. I kept it outside in the pen and never had a problem with it freezing and I live in West central Illinois.

    I also used a Kane dog water also It was also heated and worked great but had to figure out a way to keep it level.
  6. JEF3268

    JEF3268 Official BYC Community Sponsor

    Jan 11, 2008
    Here is a post I justed posted on another thread. Same type question. Hope this helps.

    If you dont want to use the 3 gallon heated poulty fount you might want to use a heated dog bowl or a automatic dog waterer. The Heated Dog Bowl is not automatic so you will have to fill it up. The Automatic Dog Waterer can be placed on a Electric Heater Base to keep it warm. You will have to insulated the hose running to the waterer so it will not freeze. Many of our poultry customers use the Auto Dog Waterer with the Electric Heater Base. I will include pictures of the following.

    Hope this helps.

    3 Gallon Heated Poultry Fount

    Heated Dog Bowl

    Automatic 13 Quart Waterer

    Electric Heater Base



  7. MadChickensVT

    MadChickensVT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2011
    Middlebury, Vermont
    Will those heater bases cause any problem with wood chips or other miscellaneous flammables? Especially if the waterer gets knocked off it.
  8. Luckytaz

    Luckytaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2010
    Rogers, Mn.
    I've used the heated bases for many years, but I do set them on small cement blocks. That keeps them above the litter.
  9. bushdad

    bushdad Out Of The Brooder

    May 1, 2016
    can you hang these heaters up?

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