Heat tape chicken waterer
We decided to try out a
heat tape waterer this winter (the design for which is included in the
instructions that come with our DIY chicken waterer
instructions call for a 15 foot length of heat tape,
but Mark wants to find out whether a 3 foot length will work as
well. If so, the shorter heat tape should use less electricity
and will definitely make the construction process cheaper and easier.
First, Mark removed the
handle from the bucket waterer using the screwdriver.
Next, we fiddled around
for a while until we figured out the best way to cut the extra bucket
into an outside housing for the new heated waterer. This step
will vary depending on the style of your bucket, but if you use Lowes
buckets, you'll want to cut in a line that follows the bottom of the
blue "Lowes" logo. (Mark suspects that a three gallon bucket
might just need the very bottom removed --- that'll be our next
experiment since cutting off so much of the bucket felt
wasteful.) Either way, start your hole with the drill, then make
your cut with the jigsaw.
The coping saw made a
small slit about three inches down the side of the outer bucket. This
slit will allow us to thread the power cord out the side. (If
you're using a Lowes bucket, the slit goes down to the end of the blue
We used duct tape to
attach the heat tape to the outside of the bucket waterer, close to the
Then it was easy to push
the sawed off bucket over top of the bucket waterer, letting the cord
come out the slit.
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