Avian Aqua Miser: Automatic, poop-free chicken waterers


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Heated chicken waterer

The video to the left walks you through building our current favorite heated chicken waterer.  You can read a supply list and more tips in this post.

If you want to try something different, the CD that comes with our Avian Aqua Miser Original DIY kits includes instructions for creating several other types of heated chicken waterers.  For even more heated chicken waterer experimentation, check out the links below:

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Posted early Monday morning, November 11th, 2013 by Anna
New-and-improved heated chicken waterer?
Posted early Friday morning, November 8th, 2013 by Anna
Heated chicken waterer experiments
Posted early Wednesday morning, October 10th, 2012 by Anna
Insulated, heated chicken waterer
Posted early Wednesday morning, January 25th, 2012 by Anna
How much cold can the heat tape waterer handle?
Posted early Friday morning, January 6th, 2012 by Anna
Heat tape chicken waterer
Posted early Friday morning, December 2nd, 2011 by Anna
Homemade heated chicken waterer
Posted early Monday morning, October 3rd, 2011 by Anna
Heated PVC pipe chicken waterer
Posted early Wednesday morning, June 8th, 2011 by Anna
40 gallon heated chicken waterer
Posted early Monday morning, March 14th, 2011 by Glen Plumlee
Best heated chicken waterer
Posted early Friday morning, March 11th, 2011 by Anna
Heated chicken bucket waterer good to 20 below
Posted early Wednesday morning, March 9th, 2011 by Neil Faulkner
K.I.S.S. Chicken Water Heater
Posted early Monday morning, March 7th, 2011 by Mike & Karen Van Dyn Hoven of Seven Feather Bison Ranch LLC
Keeping chicken waterers thawed without a heater
Posted early Wednesday morning, March 2nd, 2011 by Anna
Rain gutter heater for PVC chicken waterer
Posted early Monday morning, February 28th, 2011 by Hiram Bertoch
Heat lamp and a mirror make a heated chicken waterer
Posted early Friday morning, February 25th, 2011 by Anna
Another bird bath deicer chicken waterer
Posted early Wednesday morning, February 23rd, 2011 by Melina Brown
Heated bucket waterer with aquarium heater
Posted early Monday morning, February 21st, 2011 by Marcella Haller
Adding heat tape to a chicken waterer
Posted early Friday morning, February 18th, 2011 by Jim Hoffman
Aquarium heater makes heated chicken waterer
Posted early Wednesday morning, February 16th, 2011 by Mike Boynton
Bird bath deicer makes heated chicken waterer
Posted early Monday morning, February 14th, 2011 by Betsy Beach
Heated chicken waterer ideas
Posted early Monday morning, February 7th, 2011 by Anna
Heated bucket chicken waterer
Posted early Friday morning, February 4th, 2011 by Anna
Simple, homemade, heated chicken waterer
Posted Wednesday afternoon, December 22nd, 2010 by Anna
Heated, homemade chicken waterer contest
Posted early Monday morning, December 6th, 2010 by Anna
Homemade heated chicken waterers
Posted early Friday morning, August 13th, 2010 by Anna
How to make a homemade, heated chicken waterer
Posted early Friday morning, December 18th, 2009 by Anna
How to keep chicken waterers from freezing
Posted early Tuesday morning, December 8th, 2009


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Hi! I built this waterer this weekend & it didn't seem to be heating the water which remained cold (it was inside the house). I had never used heat cable so called the manufacturer (Frost King model HC06, 6' cable) to see if it came on at a certain temp so I didn't have to take it all apart. We insulated ours between the buckets & had to cut the outside bucket up the side so it would go around the inside bucket with the cable & thin layer of insulation. We used heat tape to secure it all together.

The manufacturer confirmed it came on at 38 & turned off at 45. He did tell me, however, that they cannot support the indication of how the cable is being used because it can overheat. I know he has a liability given it's "off label" use but I'm wondering if you've heard of anyone having any cases of overheating that would indicate not to use this? I spent a LOT of time building this with my fiance & now that it's done, I'm a bit frustrated with his statement. Thanks!

Comment by Amy Wednesday afternoon, March 13th, 2013

Amy --- I'm sorry you're frustrated! We've had our heat tape waterers going for two winters now, and the only problem we had was when the power went out for several days, the water froze solid and the heat tape wasn't enough to thaw it out. (The easy solution was to dump the ice, put in fresh water, and then keep going with the heat tape waterer.)

I know many of our other customers have had good luck with the heat tape waterers over the last couple of winters too, but I can't definitively say there would be no hazard from breaking the manufacturer's rules. I suspect the worst that would happen, though, would be that the heat tape might melt through the bucket if it gets too hot and the water could drain out. To hedge your bets, you might consider plugging it into a GFCI so a breaker will flip if there's any problem. Good luck!

Comment by anna Monday afternoon, March 18th, 2013






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