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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Marcus R from Alberta, Canada
These are less than best for truly cold weather flocks. We found that once temperatures get below -15°C (5°F) the lids freeze to the body of the unit and you have to pull the whole works out to warm up inside. So while the water inside stays liquid quite nicely down to -30°C (-22°F) the units rapidly became a pain to work with in our coop.
I would not recommend this product if you are in a really cold climate.
Kristi M from Ohio
Love it, perfect for our coop!
Marsha M from Maine
Nice prompt delivery. Good sealed design to keep water clean. Easy to train the chickens to drink out of it. Easy to hang. Haven't tried the heating element yet. Minus one star because I've only had it for a couple weeks and have already had to replace two nipples after they started to leak. I feel like they should last a bit longer.
Richard B from Wyoming
I owned the previous model of this product. It was good but this updated model is fantastic! The locking lid keeps everything and I mean everything out of the water and the removable cord was the big factor for the reason I did the upgrade. It allows me to remove the waterer from the run to give it a good cleaning and disinfecting occasionally.
Todd D from Utah
I purchased this for a couple of reasons. I liked the removable heating cord and I also liked the enclosed system. Being able to fill it without having to tip it upside down was a win. I was a going to hang this from the pipes supporting my roof tarp cover on my 10 x 10 chainlink enclosure, but felt the weight was just a bit more than I liked. So I sat it on the edge of a cinder block. I would like to find an affordable stand that gives access to all spouts.
The chickens seemed to learn how to drink out of it. I have flighty white leghorns purchased as pullets so, they don't like being touched or held. At least yet. I grabbed one and placed it's beak onto the nipple to show it how to drink. The alpha hens figured it out immediately. It seems to me though that they prefer getting a nice gulp of water from my open tip it upside down to fill it system versus trying to get drops at a time. The nipples seem to make them work to hard for it? I never hear that complaint from others though, so maybe they're getting more water than I realize?
This unit keeps things neat and clean. My biggest wish, now that I've used it, is that they would make one that carries more water like a 5 gallon unit. Heavy to tote maybe depending where your water spout or hose reaches, but I'd like to be able to fill it more like once a week (or more). I have 6 hens and need to fill it about every 4 - 5 days. They ought to do like a 50 gallon tank with these spouts surrounding it and with a heater unit that can keep that much water from turning to ice. That would be awesome. It's still a good unit though.
Pricey, but well built. I'd recommend it.