Heated Poultry Waterer
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.
- BPA free plastic
- 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
- (3) replacement nipples included. Additional drip-catch nipples can be purchased separately.
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.
Not all of the water from the drinker will end up in the bird. Chickens are messy drinkers. Bored chickens may also peck at the nipple even when not seeking water. Over time, this may result in moisture build-up under the nipple. In freezing coops, icicles may form. As long as the water at the nipple remains unfrozen, birds will have a source of water.
When connecting the detachable cord to the base, make sure the alignment notch slides easily into the groove on the bucket’s receptacle. (See photo below.) Unfortunately, it’s easier than we’d like to misalign the prongs. The result is a non-functioning unit until it’s aligned correctly.
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Krista W from Maine
Great idea, but the chickens just don’t understand how to use the nipples, and with the Guinea Fowl I have, you can’t try to teach them as they are wild and you can’t catch them! Worst heated waterer purchase for me. Wouldn’t recommend.
Michelle H from New Jersey
I love the idea of this waterer other than the lid which freezes to the top if any water is on the rim. Unfortunately mine never worked properly and tripped every outlet I plugged it into. Tried to return but shipping back cost just as much as new waterer—debating if I should just purchase a new one.
Christy R from Ohio
So glad we bought these for our chickens! They hold so much more water and we love the fact that they're heated! Plus, no green algae from the sun hitting it!
Joy L from Wisconsin
Got 2 of these waterers at the recommendations of other poultry keepers. They look like great quality and nicely insulated. However since install out of a total of 6 nipples (3 on each unit) all were defective and leaked at different times in the first weeks of use. Temperature outside has ranged from 30 to 70 degrees. Also 1 waterer sat flat and the other is bowed so it rocks around. Not sure what’s up with that. It is frustrating to set on a flat surface. When it gets close to empty it is unstable and tippy. Wish I could upload videos.
First day 1, temp was in the 30’s daytime and 20’s at night. 1 of the nipples on each unit leaked and emptied the waters so my chickens were without water for 24 hours. When I received the waters extra nipples were included. I installed the 2 nipples, tested them and put the waters back in the coop.
Day 2 the nipples I installed from Premier leaked. Waterer was empty. I did not install them incorrectly. They just screw in until hand tight. I went out and bought a bag of new nipples and replaced the 2 that were leaking. Numbered nipples 1-3 on each unit incase there were more issues. Temp was in the 40’s daytime and 10’s at night.
Day 3 waterers worked great.
Day 4 again the waters were empty. Now 1 on each were leaking, not any I previously replaced. They were not dripping, it was a stream of water. I tried to see if it was a piece of dirt or a fluke but I could not get either waterer to stop leaking. Replaced those 2, now I have replaced all but 2 nipples that were original and my chickens were with out water for 3 of the 4 days. Frustrated I removed the waterers and put old buckets back.
Day 6-7 I put the Premier waterers back in temp was 60 during day and 40’s at night. Had high hopes. They worked flawlessly.
Day 8 same temps as day 6-7. One of the Premier waterers leaked. The last nipple I didn’t replace. So frustrating. Chickens were so thirsty. I replaced the nipple and am now writing this review.
I inspected the Premier nipples to discover the little rubber seal on the inside of the bucket was seated on a plastic burr and not sealing. All, of them are like that. Not sure if this is a defect that I got 2 waterers with the same issue.
Amy P from South Dakota
I just unboxed my new chicken waterer and couldn’t be more pleased with it! Excellent design and engineering! Finally a heated waterer that actually makes sense! Also, thank you for your quick delivery.