I bought a 5 gallon
heated bucket from the local farm store. [Allied Precision
Lockndry 5 gallon bucket — $48.95.]
Cut out the false bottom
that made up the cord storage compartment, leaving a rim.
Installed the nipples and it works great.
The space left buy the false
bottom is deep enough to protect the nipples when the bucket is set on
a hard surface, and helps to trap some warm air in the recess. I have
an insulated unheated coop and had no freeze problems down to 20 below.
I did make a wood top with 2 notches to slip the bucket handle through
to keep the birds from roosting on the rim.
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