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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Nellie W from New York
I love these heated poultry waterers. They work great! I keep them plugged in, up on blocks and full. I use two for fifty-ish birds. Both chickens and guineas adapted well to it. I have found the tops are hard to open so I just leave them sitting on top of them. Its not an issue birds never get on them. They don’t get nasty with dirt, debris’s or algae like other waterers do. Definitely worth the investment.
I also bought a replacement cord as a spare while they are in stock. Just in case on those cold winter days I don’t want my ladies to go without water for to long. This cord will go into storage until I need it.
Maria R from New Hampshire
Purchased this waterer to replace the two metal ones we had used for two years. So far, this waterer has worked wonderfully. I followed the directions as seen on the video for introducing our chickens to the new waterer. I simply (gently) directed each chicken's beak to the dripper and they all took to it immediately. I only had to show them one time. I have not had it long enough to see how well it works in freezing temperatures.
Karla M from Iowa
Ordered and received within a day. Super impressed at how easy the chickens were able to adapt to the nipple waterer. The lid is very thick and insulated. The chickens are also unable to roost on top due to the lid being peaked. Overall great so far, can't wait to use the heated function in the winter.
Debra B from Pennsylvania
This is my second Premier 1 Heated Water Cooler. The chickens took to it immediately after learning by tapping their beak to the nipple. The water stays nice and clean. No problems at all during the winter. I use all year long unplugging it in the spring. I recommend 100%. I only got a second one because my chickens have increased. Both are working beautiful. Thank you to the The Chicken Chick for recommending this Premier 1 Water Heater.
Nancy T from Texas
Bought for younger birds to use as they got older, but tried with my older girls and they figured it out so I bought another waterer just for those old gals. You can teach an old bird new things. They are smarter than I thought. Best waterer I have found so far.