My name is Jim Hoffman, and
we live in New Bern, NC. We have used your little red
clicking waterer accessory for a few months now. We
installed three of them on the bottom of a 3 gallon drinking water
container available at Lowes or Home Depot.
They work great until
the weather got cold and the temperatures wanted to freeze the water
and the clicker accessory. What we did, is purchased a electric heat
tape cord, also available at Lowes or Home Depot in the pipe section.
They come in 3 lengths, 12 feet, 18 feet or 28 feet I think. Not very
expensive. Simply wrap the black part of the cord in a spiral format
around the tank to cover the most surface area.
We put our water on a stand
with galvanized legs. Attached the sensor to the galvanized leg to
measure temperature. When the temperature falls below 36 degrees, it
comes on automatically to insure bottle temp does not freeze. Also goes
off automatically. It provides just enough heat to keep the temp above
freezing and also keeps the clicker accessory from freezing as well.
Takes very little power to run as it is thermostatic.
use packing tape to secure cord to water jug and make sure chickens did
not pick at it. We also kept the plug connection outside the cage for
the same reason and out of chicken reach. Hope the idea helps you all.
— Jim Hoffman
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The heated waterer
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our kit. With a layer of chicken-friendly
waterer is good down into the teens.