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Bird bath deicer makes heated chicken waterer

Chicken bucket watererMy husband got me one of your DIY kits for Christmas (with strong hints on my part).  I was hoping it would cut down on my morning chores and eliminate the messy water clean up.  I must say it exceeded expectations. 

Dan set me up with two 2 gallon buckets.  One has 3 of the nipples and the other (yet to be used - saving it for summer) with 2.  The one in use is suspended from a top beam in our mobile coop with two pieces of chain. 

Cleaning is almost non existent.  I take the bucket down every few days for a complete refill.   Daily fill up consists of using a narrow spout watering can to replenish as necessary.  The coop is dry and the hens have access to water 24/7. 

Once the cold weather hit us I did need to devise a way to keep the waterer from freezing.  My method is so simple it's ridiculous.  I had Dan enlarge the hole in the lid so it would be big enough to fit an electrical plug though it.  Then I threaded the cord of a submersible Heated chicken waterer with bird bath deicerbird bath deicer up thru the lid, plugged it into the electrical outlet in the coop and, viola, problem solved!  I have multiple hooks on the suspension beam so when it's time to clean, I just unplug the deicer and hang it from one of the other hooks.

I do love your product!   My chickens learned to use the nipples within 5 minutes and it has made my chicken raising experience much more pleasant!! Thanks for making this great device available.   Don't know what I'd do if I had to go back to scrubbing a traditional waterer.

--- Betsy Beach

This is one of the great entries that have been pouring in for our homemade, heated chicken waterer contest.  You've still got time to enter, so put on those thinking caps and pull out your camera!

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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I have had a submersible bird bath heater in the five gallon bucket for two months now. It has kept the water fluid. However, perhaps too warm. I question the potential for germ and/or unwanted bacterial growth in the warm water over an exteneded period of time. I have added Vodka a few times to disinfect, or in hopes of disinfecting. The chickens don't seem to have minded, nor was egg production or taste affected.

Comment by John at lunch time on Monday, March 14th, 2011

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