Susie sent me some great photos
of her heat tape bucket waterer, complete with an insulation layer and
an easy-fill top. The construction technique is based on this
heat tape chicken waterer, but with Susie's own twist.
She started out with two
buckets of different sizes. The outer bucket was a freebie from
the bakery section of her grocery store, where it once held frosting,
and the inner bucket originally held bird food.
After installing the
nipples (as described in our do it yourself
kits), Susie wrapped the inner bucket with with a six foot length
of heat tape.
Next, she cut enough of
the bottom off the outer bucket to make a loose fit when it slid over
the inner bucket and heat tape. The photo below on the left shows
the dry-fitting stage --- she later took the buckets back apart before
moving on to the next step.
Now for the innovative
part. Susie wrapped a layer of insulation around the inner bucket
and heat tape, attaching the insulation with some duct tape. She
wrote that the insulation was "foil-bubble-bubble-foil
(about 1/4" thick)".
Next, Susie put the
outer bucket back in place (sanding off the rough edges so the chickens
wouldn't peck at the loose plastic.)
Finally, she added a
hose to the lid to make it even easier to fill. The hose is about
3/4 inches thick and is held in place using a small hose clamp on each
side of the lid. Susie wrote:
By creating a length of hose on the
bucket, I can fill from outside
with a funnel (an old wine cork with a 'knob' on the end seals the hose
when not being filled). The hose is a bit long until it is in its final
place (may want to move it), then will be trimmed. The chickens are
using and enjoying the un-frozen water!
So far, temperatures have only dropped into the low 20s, but I'm looking forward to hearing how Susie's waterer handles even cold conditions.
|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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