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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Cindy E from North Carolina
I first saw this waterer on The Chicken Chick’s live feed and thought this is the best heated waterer by far because you can remove the cord and use it when you don’t need the heat. I recently received some baby chicks and I started them on the nipple drinking system and wanted to continue it. As far as I know, this is the only heated one of that kind. We have ours hanging and the girls went right to it with no problem. One waterer for all seasons. That’s a win-win in my book.
Lisa H from New Mexico
This drinker seems to be much higher quality than the one I’m replacing. The detachable cord is supple, heavy duty, and surprisingly long, and I like that it’s removable for warmer seasons. I also like that the lid attaches more securely than my old white and red drinker, which I had to clean a lot due to dust getting in under the lid. I’m taking off a star for the following: 1. being opaque, you can’t see when it needs to be refilled, so you have to lift it to gauge how much water is left; 2. the small black cap that covers the plug opening when the cord is removed for the summer is not attached to the bucket and I didn’t see anywhere on the bucket to store it, so that got lost immediately; and 3. one of the two drinkers has a lid that is very hard to open and close — Premier told me it will loosen up with use (they were very helpful and were also willing to exchange it but I needed to use it and there was no guarantee the next one would be any easier), but until it gets broken in I will have to wrestle with it.
Jackie B from Kentucky
After purchasing several waterers this one is easy to fill and my chickens learned quickly how to peck the tits to get water. It is made of durable material but yet lightweight. Only thing I don’t like is once the water gets below the tits of course they can’t get water... wish it held more water.
Rauhn P from Idaho
Good so far.
John B from North Dakota
Well built, works really well in our sub-zero winter temperatures. Prior to this, I used a heated dog dish which worked, but I wasted a lot of water due to contamination from the chickens. With the covered waterer, I'm using less water, and it's always clean!