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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Laurie H from New York
We just went thru -30 degree wind chill days. It hovers around 10 degrees above in the coop. Chickens were able to drink from the nipples, once small crust of ice was cleared. Water inside was not frozen. However, the lid was frozen shut and the bucket had to be taken inside for strong husband to open. He suggested swirling the water to help thaw the lid next time.
Janice N from New York
We had 0°F weather for a couple days. I check my nipples every day to make sure they aren't frozen and they weren't. I almost didn't realize that no water was coming out. A layer of ice had formed around the rim between the lid and base which I believe came from condensation of the water inside causing a seal and a vacuum to occur and my birds were not getting water. I emailed the company and the response was "We have found that if the waterer is not in the wind it will stay warmer and not freeze as quickly." Well, that sort of defeats the purpose of a heated waterer.
Mine was located in a 8 x 12 run enclosed quite well with plastic and tarps so zero wind but a dusting of snow did land on the waterer. Again, I believe it was a condensation issue from the water inside gathering on the under side of lid and then freezing in the rim. Now I do not feel I can trust it. I am going to cut a slice I think in the rim or a pin hole somewhere to prevent this from occurring again. As others have said, the lid is hard to remove. I have to wrap my knees around the base and turn the lid with my hands. For the price, I was disappointed.
Also, my nipples leak and have from day 1. The nipples I purchased and put in my own buckets from another source do not.
Regarding frost/ice build-up on the underside of the lid, we've found that tapping the unit on solid ground or with a gloved hand around the outer edge of the lid works to dislodge the ice from the plastic making it easier to open. (Similar to how you might flex an ice-cube tray.)
Carrie S from Indiana
Water inside the bucket has stayed thawed nicely and the extra long cord is great to get it run to an outlet directly. The biggest drawback is the lid freezes shut if there’s any water splashed around the rim.
Stacie R from Wisconsin
Very pleased with this waterer! My chickens figured it out almost immediately. I LOVE that their water stays clean now! I’ve been leaving it plugged in 24/7 out in the run. It hasn’t frozen up in the -20 degree temps we’ve been having. I also love that the cord is detachable for summer use. It seems to be well insulated, so when the hot, humid weather finally returns, I’m hoping that ice water will stay cold. One draw back is that I have a hard time getting the cover off to refill. I’m not sure if it’s just me (after 3 neck surgeries, my strength isn’t what it used to be) or if it’s frozen on. Regardless, I love this waterer, and plan to buy a second one eventually.
Jonathan P from Michigan
Very pleased after several weeks of use. I had previously made my own version of this using these exact nipples and a standard heated bucket I had purchased separately. The biggest issue with my DIY version was a lid, what I fashioned did OK but dirt/etc got in more regularly than I'd like. The lid on this version is great... the water stays very clean (and in liquid form). As others have mentioned it is a bit tight, but a very minor issue compared to how well it does everything else. Since my chickens were already used to the nipples, no problems adding this to the coop at all.