Heated Poultry Waterer
New design! Provides clean water to the flock year-round. Internal heater keeps water flowing in temperatures as low as -20°F.
We’ve listened to your feedback and have introduced several improvements over the previous version:
- Larger capacity (3 gal)
- Secure, interlocking lid
- Heavy-duty handle for carrying and hanging
- Detachable cord for non-winter use
- Lid is secured to the base via unique interlocking tabs
- Conical lid shape to prevent birds from perching and soiling waterer
- Insulated lid traps warmer air inside waterer
- Integrated lid handle can be used for both carrying and hanging
- Electrical cord length has been increased to 16' to allow more flexibility without using extension cords
- Built-in thermostat turns heating element on at 40°F and off at 60°F
- (3) recessed nipples are a drip-catch design.
- Capacity: 3 gal (12 qt)
- Bucket Dimensions: 9"H, 13"Dia
- Overall Height: 14"H
- Suited for: Up to 35 adult birds
- 100-watt heater
- Detachable 16 ft. grounded electrical cord
How to Use
The detachable cord can be stowed separately during warmer months.
The electrical plug cap (used during summer months) fits over a nub on the bottom of the bucket.
Nipples should be placed just above the birds’ heads. The birds should stretch up slightly to drink.
A few tricks for dealing with stubborn birds:
- Remove all other sources of water. Place the new nipple waterer in the old waterer’s location.
- Bring a bird’s beak directly to the nipple waterer and flick the nipple. You may have to activate the nipple with the bird’s beak to demonstrate the new water source. (See video above.)
- Place a sunflower seed in the drip trough. When the bird pecks at the seed, it will discover the new water source.
- Use a red laser pointer to direct chickens to the nipple. Similar to house cats, our chickens will chase and follow the red light. (This was inadvertently discovered by our photo dept and is now our go-to method for getting camera-shy birds to cooperate.)
You don’t have to train every bird in the flock. Just a few will do. Once the first chickens begin drinking, others will follow.
Warning: Risk of electrical shock—Connect only to a branch circuit protected by a ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI). Contact a qualified electrician if you cannot verify that the circuit is protected by a GFCI.
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Susan S from Idaho
Really, really like the changes to this item. Locking lid especially. My girls knocked the lid off the old one and pecked at the styrofoam insulation. Once they learned to do this, I had a hard time keeping the lid on.
The option for hanging is also really nice. My current hens are growing and a hanging option makes getting the right height much easier.
Adam M from North Dakota
Excellent construction and use of materials. Durable and stout. Cord is excellent long length and nice that its removable. Thanks for the extra nipples. Took the chickens almost a week to figure it out and get sufficient water. Works well now that all the chickens have learned.
Lisa G from New Jersey
Very nice waterer. I'm very happy to have a high quality heated waterer that hangs. Lid fits very securely. Hens took to it right away.
Ruth B from Colorado
I have mixed feelings about this waterer ... let me explain:
1) The lid is almost impossible to get off. I am going out of town next week and I’m going to put my old electric waterer in the run along with this one in case the girl who is taking care of the chickens can’t get the top off this waterer to refill it. If I try to wrench the top off by setting the waterer on the ground it’s almost impossible. However, if I take the waterer all the way back to the house and set it on the counter I can “hug” the waterer with enough strength to twist the top off. But then I’m covered in dust from the waterer. Sigh. This is my biggest complaint.
2) The blue plastic is very sturdy BUT you can’t see the water level through the plastic. So this afternoon I couldn’t tell if it was “heavy” enough to have enough water to wait one more day. I miss being able to glance at the old waterer and “see” what the water level is through the white plastic. The whole point of a larger waterer is to go longer between fills but if I’m unsure what the level is I fill it proactively to be sure. And then I’m filling just as often as the old two gallon waterer. Oh well.
3) It’s 3 gallons which is one more gallon than my old one but it seems to empty faster so there’s no gain. I’m not sure why.
4) This waterer is VERY WELL MADE. It’s a Cadillac of construction. The cord is blessedly long. So I have no complaints about the quality of construction.
NOW ... these are the changes I’d make if I were in charge: a) I’d put a handle on the side of the waterer to hold onto in order to gain leverage to twist off the top. b) I’d put some sort of viewing window in the side to see the water level. Or as my husband said drill a small hole in the top and put a metal rod with a cork in the water, through the hole in the top, and as the water level goes down the metal rod attached to the cork would lower. In fact, that’s what he’s going to do to my waterer, as well as slightly shave down the tabs on the top so they slide a little easier to unscrew the top. Anyway, this is my honest review having the new waterer for two weeks. I’d recommend this WITH these comments so you know what you’re getting into.
We’ve also noticed on very cold days and clear nights that a frost-ring may develop between the lid and the bucket making the lid difficult to remove. One solution is to gently tap the waterer on the ground to dislodge the frost ring before opening. (The result is similar to flexing an ice-cube tray.)
As a possible remedy to tight lids, another customer suggested applying Vaseline to the bucket lip where it comes in contact with the lid. We haven’t tried this ourselves, but will, and report back.
Robert P from Vermont
Very high quality. Much better than what we had been using. Easy to transport.