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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Charles C from Ohio
So far so great. We have had chickens for years and winters are challenging for water. I read all the reviews and looked like training the birds to drink was a problem. We have a flock of 11 and training the chickens was actually very easy. The key is “remove ALL other water sources”. We use the bucket sitting on a bucket and makes Filling very easy. The water is clean and dust free. We plan to use this waterer year round. It is costly but I wish I had purchased long ago.
Jeffery H from Ohio
Hard to give it a "five" so early in its application, especially with temps only just below freezing for only several hours a day (night). Based on my experience with other setups, this unit should be fine for weeks of temps in the single digits (F), since my coop is snug and a heated dog dish has served just fine for several years now. My main concerns were keeping the water clean, IN the waterer and not on the bedding and not having to lug water to the coop before going to work in the morning.
This unit is nicely put together. It is well designed and actually pleasant to look at. For its capacity, it takes up relatively little space. One becomes inured to cheap-looking, poorly designed and constructed imported sh.....tuff after a while, so this item stands out coming right out of the box. I did not find a single bit of molding/casting flash on the entire unit. Very nicely finished off and easy to keep clean.
The nipples are particularly well designed and constructed and all of them WORK. They don't drip and don't leak at the connection to the vessel. The inside is smooth and should be easy to keep cleaned, especially since the cover keep debris out - but leaves enough air in to not form a vacuum and prevent nipples from working. The handle does not flop over when trying to hang the waterer on a carabiner and had no tiny crevices to accumulate junk.
The "babies" (9 months) took to similar nipples in about 30 seconds when introduced at less than a week old, but I was worried about the two older chickens. They don't scramble for water when I let them out and I did catch the rooster using another nippled waterer the other day, so it seems they've caught on without tutoring.
The cord/plug arrangement is the most impressive part. I've worked in industrial electricity/automation for 25 years and don't think I've ever seen a more thoughtfully designed and executed means of applying power to a non-commercial/non-industrial piece of equipment. The materials are top notch and I trust this thing in my coop and with my chickens. The cheap junk most companies use to cut costs give me the creeps but this aspect alone makes this waterer an extremely good value.
You can gather components and spend some time at the work bench to make a suitable heated waterer, and I do a lot of that for most things, but this particular "store-bought" chicken accessory is well worth taking a little ribbing about not making something myself. The cost is well worth the product you get - and I'm "frugal."
I still need to determine if, at some point in the future, I would be able to replace the element should the need arise. This waterer gives me the impression it could last a long time if kept away from constant UV bombardment, so I'd like to think I could get twenty years out of it one way or another.
Dean B from Ohio
Great item! Wish I would have bought this from beginning. Water stays clean and clear and doesn’t freeze!
Scott H from Pennsylvania
I'm withholding one star not because of any detected defect but only because it has been unseasonably warm for December here so the waterers have not been subject to the freeze test yet.
Robert & Penny L from Wisconsin