Lu Ann Shank did such a
good job of describing her homemade, heated bucket waterer that I'm
just copying her email and photos below:
flock belongs to my 13-year old son, Christian. As part
of his 4H project he raises and shows several breeds of large fowl. At
the poultry shows an acquaintance gave him a few of your nipples to
went home and put a bucket waterer together and have been thrilled with
saw your request
for winter-waterers and thought
share what has worked for us. As a disclaimer – we live in North Texas
– I can
hear those flock owners from up-north cackling already – we are
fortunate to only get snaps of
cold temperatures here that do not linger – So far this waterer has
functioned for us without complaint. The idea is simple enough and
could be easily modified by your creative readers in colder climates.
Here is what we used:
2 5-gallon buckets
1 15’ pipe heating cable
2 Fender Washers
started with our original bucket waterer. It is the black
bucket in the photos. I chose black to discourage algae growth. Before
to modify the bucket I reinforced the handles with fender washers and
compensate for the additional weight.
at the bottom of the black bucket, I wrapped the
heat cable around the bottom third of the bucket. Make sure that the
flat and does not cross itself.
the handle from the second (white) bucket. Cut out the
bottom of the bucket and drill a hole in the side of the bucket about
thirds of the way up from the bottom.
As you slide the black bucket into the white
bucket thread the plug and thermostat of the heat cable through
the hole in the white bucket. Twist the black bucket as you slide it
into place to take up
any slack in the heat cable. Before you push the buckets into
their final position - run a bead of caulk near the top of the black
bucket. This will adhere the two buckets together.
Flip the buckets over. Run a
bead of caulk between
the bottom of the black bucket and the inside lip of the white bucket
to keep curious hens from pecking at the cable.
it dry and plug it in.
"lip" created by the white bucket protects the nipples
from the wind and - so far - has kept them from freezing. The added
benefit is that
my son can now set the bucket flat on the ground to clean it without
The only other
modification that I made was to
add a PVC elbow to the lid making it easier for my son to fill without
removing the lid. I also put a wire plant basket on top to keep the
girls from perching
|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
waterer is good down into the teens.
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