Last week, I summed up our previous experiments with heated bucket waterers and mentioned that we’re trying version 2.0 this year. Mark and I considered trying to make this heated chicken waterer a premade product that you can buy on our website, but we couldn’t figure out a way to make it cheap enough to be worth your while. So, instead, Mark decided to give it away. The video above (starting around 2 minutes and 45 seconds in) walks you through creating our new-and-improved heated chicken waterer. Supplies you’ll need include:
- Chicken nipples
- Farm Innovators 2-Gallon Heated Bucket Waterer
- Drill, plus 23/64-inch and 1/4-inch drill bits (These are different from the one that comes in your kit!)
- Lid for a 2-gallon bucket (plus cabinet knob and scrap piece of wood if you want a handle)
- Wrench (or pliers) to tighten in the chicken nipple, needle-nose pliers to bend down the wire, and wire-cutting pliers to cut the wire
In addition, if you don’t drill your hole well (and this one can be a little tricky), you’ll need some kind of sealant to keep the waterer from leaking around the nipple. Mark’s favorite choices there include plumber’s tape and Rectorseal #5 Pipe Thread Sealant. Don’t go out and buy sealant right away, though, because if you’re good with your tools, you should be able to make the heated chicken waterer without it.
I hope several of you try out this design and report back. I’d love to hear how it holds up in different parts of the country (and world!).
I wonder if the nipple would freeze solid in Eastern Ontario winters at -20 celsius.
Rudy — When I saw your question on facebook, I thought you were talking Fahrenheit, not Celsius. -4 Fahrenheit is still pretty cold, but might be something you could work around. I don’t know yet, but we do have an early data point that’s looking hopeful. It got down to 14 Fahrenheit (-10 Celsius) here this week and the nipples were still in good shape.
We just attempted to make this bucket last night, put it in the coop, and discovered this morning that it does leak. The nipples were really hard to get in the holes – in order to seal them, do we need to remove them and add the plumber’s tape and or Rectorseal? Or can we add the Rectorseal or silicone caulk around the nipple?
One other question we had is if the nipples themselves will leak on this bucket since they are at an angle, instead of being straight up and down?
We are super excited about this bucket, and very grateful that you posted info about it!