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Heated chicken waterer experiments

Heated chicken waterersThe time has come to think about heated waterers again.  For those of you who haven't been following along, you can read the last couple of years worth of experiments by following the link above.  If you're more of a facebooker, you can see my favorite heated chicken waterers in visual form here.

Even though we like several of the heated waterer options we've used and seen, there's still room for improvement.  Our heat tape chicken waterer did a great job last winter, keeping the flock's drinking water thawed until we hit a low in the mid teens, but I think the design could use some work on the ease-of-construction side.  Perhaps this ultra-cheap heated bucket would make a good starting point?

Homemade heated watererI also want to make the insulation a bit more high tech (and less clunky).  Roland pointed out that a circle of sytrofoam on top of the lid would be a great addition to our Reflectix wrap, and I also want to improve on the wrapping design.

Meanwhile, as I was perusing old photos, I remembered Marvin Bartel's old design from a few years ago.  I wonder if a thermocube plus a better heating element could help keep the nipples thawed at yet lower temperatures.

Any new heated chicken waterer designs kicking around out there?  I'd love to see your photos --- email them to info@avianaquamiser.com and I'll share them on the blog.

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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