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.
- 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.
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Rene R from Quebec, Canada
Nice product, 4 stars out of 5. The lid system should be better designed.
Shelley B from Wisconsin
I have only had this waterer for a week. I like the design. Easy to fill. My chickens have not figured out how to use it though. I have taken 4 to it and placed their beak on the nipple, to show them how to get water, but I have not seen any of them use it on their own. Once they use it, and depending on how well it thaws the water in the winter, I will give it 5 stars.
Cheryl K from Colorado
Carol L from Midwest
It is not cold enough, yet, to properly test this heated water container but I am a strong believer in being prepared. It looks as if it should suit my needs. The bottom is designed to be held on with screws but the screws were mis-drilled and completely missed the second part. This caused the bottom to easily come off. This was no real problem, as I used it as an excuse to take it apart and check all the working inside parts before re-drilling and setting the bottom base back on properly. The heating portions look as if they are sufficiently designed and constructed to do the job. The nipples are oddly shaped for a typical threaded application but, these too, can be easily modified if so desired in the future. This appears to be an adequate product that should allow me to build the water system I wish for my chickens this coming frigid winter.
Richard B from Wyoming
What a difference! I was using a bucket before. Had to constantly change the water and clean it as the chickens were always making a mess of it. Now I just have to add fresh water about every other day. The chickens took to the nipples right a way. No issues there. It is warm so I'll have to wait until winter again to see how the heater works.