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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Carrie N from Colorado
I read a lot of reviews that said people couldn't get their chickens to use this waterer. I have 7 laying hens and had no problem at all transitioning them. The water never freezes, which is exactly why I purchased this and I didn't have any issues with my hens learning to use it. I simply removed all other water sources and stuck each of their beaks in the nipples until water came out. They all use it and we are very happy!
Spencer F from Idaho
It might worked for some but after 4 days of "training" my hens, I quite and went back to simpler way. I really wish it could have worked. The first just could not seem to get enough water.
Nicholas R from Indiana
We have always used nipple style waters. They keep the water clean, which help keep the birds healthy. The side mount niples work great in a deep bedding system. They keep the bedding much dryer then the dripping vertical mount niples. The niples have not frozen yet seems to be working good.
Fred L from Vermont
Am not able to teach my hens it's use and therefore is a big waist of my money.
Gerald W from Idaho
Rhode Island Reds took right to the red nipples. Very nice transition. It must be in the genes!