Avian Aqua Miser: Automatic, poop-free chicken waterers

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Another bird bath deicer chicken waterer

Heated chicken bucket watererI have also had good luck with the bucket or birdbath deicer. The one pictured is in an outdoor area where my ducks live. I use a smaller bucket than the main waterer in the coop and have had no problems with it. I can easily dump it out and refill it with a watering can. I do put a little oxine in all the water at this time of year, and I do wash them out thoroughly at least once a week.  The water has some poultry vitamin in it so it looks a little brown....I will try to photograph the ducks with it. They were out in the ice storm...they love the weather!!

I don't have instructions for building my little system because it's pretty straight forward.... but its just a matter of drilling holes and adding the nipples, sealing with some silicone (which may or may not be necessary) and making a hanger with a chain. I then add a bucket deicer (and I would agree with the woman who said to remove the spring around the cord to prevent rust) add a chain and extension cord and voila!

Bucket deicer to keep chicken water from freezingI would caution people to be very careful when cleaning these to not set them down on the nipples. I actually hang mine from the picket fence and hose them out when the hose is unfrozen....or I carefully lay them on their side in the bathtub and scrub them. I add a little oxine to keep bacteria from the water as directed on the label...but its a tiny amount.
and thats that.

Hope all is well with you...we have had so much weather, which I dont mind...I only mind the cold cold...and during that time the nipples froze, even with the heater inside...I just had to go out and tap them a bit to loosen the water collected in the nipple itself. Actually, the ducks could have done it themselves, but I was concerned because that kind of cold takes so much energy for them that I want to be sure that they are well hydrated and fed.

---Melina Brown

Want to build your own heated chicken waterer?  Start with one of our homemade chicken waterer kits.
We recommend our 3 pack DIY kit for making a heated waterer for up to 50 chickens.  The CD that comes with each kit includes complete instructions to help you build our favorite heated options without any trial and error.

The heated waterer we use in our own coop requires two buckets, a three foot length of pipe heating cable ($23), and the contents of our kit.  With a layer of chicken-friendly insulation, the waterer is good down into the teens.

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