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
- Supplied with 6 horizontal nipples. Replacement nipples sold under accessories tab above
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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Jonathan H from Pennsylvania
Well designed and rugged waterer that held up to Pennsylvania cold without issue. Clever design with easy on/off lid that keeps out nearly all dust and debris. The shape of the lid also prevents roosting. The nipples were very easy for my chickens to learn how to use as well, in consideration that they went from a vertical waterer to this product. I have just purchased my second one as I recently expanded the flock. GREAT PRODUCT! Highly recommend!
Kenneth S from MA
Have not used it in the winter yet but it is easier to fill than our old waterer and it stays much cleaner. No dirt and bedding in the trough. The chickens took to the nipples very quickly, we thought it may be a problem transitioning from a trough system but it works great. Looking forward to the cold winter with this heated waterer
Dale G from Michigan
Our chicks took to the mechanism quite readily, with some initial coaching. I haven't seen the older chickens use it, though we're expecting they will learn from the young ones. It's been a good solution for us, so far. We haven't had the opportunity yet to use the heating element, but we appreciate the removable cord (though it becomes susceptible to mis-placing!). The unit is very sturdy and we've had no problem with opening/closing the top. For application in a corner, however, the two lateral nipples would be better placed closer to the central nipple, the three nipples spanning 160 degrees, rather than 180.
Debra M from Maine
I gave the Heated Poultry Waterer 4 stars because I have not tried it in winter time yet. I do like that I can take the cord off for the summer and that the cord is nice and long to be able to keep it up away from the birds. It is easy to fill and my birds took to it immediately since they use a Hen Hydrator outside during the summer. A couple clicks to show them where it was and they took it from there. I have mine on an upside down 5 gallon bucket.
Deborah T from Colorado
I have chicks that are about 5 weeks old and was worried they wouldn't take to this waterer. But after about 5 minutes of putting little pieces of fresh corn on the lips and tapping the metal rods, the chicks figured out that water came out! Of course, only one chick needed to figure it out and then the rest were all in on it. The only thing I'd like changed is to have a strip of clear plastic running up the side so I can see how much water is in it (like on my coffee maker). I'll see how the heater does next winter.