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:
- 3 gallon capacity
- 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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Troy H from Maine
I’ve used these all winter now, and I can say they certainly work. 3 dozen chickens, 2 waterers, zero ice ups, zero leaky nipples. In North-East Maine. In an un-heated, uninsulated coop. All 6 original nipples still in use. I really appreciated the extra long cords, which are very rugged and stayed flexible in the coldest weather.
I will say the chickens don’t love them, and will only use them if they have no other options.
The only improvement I can offer is the bucket needs tabs or grommets (at least 3) to hang from—hanging it from the handle on the lid makes filling a pain in the tail feathers. I ended up putting mine on upside down 5 gallon pails. Other than that, we’re very happy with these waterers.
Marty B from Connecticut
The heated waterer is sturdy and well built and much easier to refill than our old one. The chickens took to it very quickly after we followed the video. I’d give it 5 stars if it refilled itself!
Jaclyn P from New Jersey
Looks like it will be easy to clean and maintain.
Patricia S from Indiana
Vince H from Ohio
Having cold winters can be a challenge when it comes to keeping water from freezing. We have purchased (3) other heated waterers and have had horrible experiences. The plastic handles broke within the first week. Now the heating element has gone out on one unit. We returned that one. We started to search for a better option and found it! We have purchased (2) and are very happy. If you’re looking for a heated waterer…look no further.