The time has come to think
again. For those of you who haven’t been following along, you can
read the last couple of years worth of experiments by following the
link above. If you’re more of a facebooker, you can see my
favorite heated chicken waterers in visual form here.
Even though we like
several of the heated waterer options we’ve used and seen, there’s
still room for improvement. Our heat
tape chicken waterer
did a great job last winter, keeping the flock’s drinking water thawed
until we hit a low in the mid teens, but I think the design could use
some work on the ease-of-construction side. Perhaps this ultra-cheap
heated bucket would
make a good starting point?
also want to make the insulation a bit more high tech (and less
clunky). Roland pointed out that a circle of sytrofoam on top of
the lid would be a great addition to our Reflectix wrap, and I also
want to improve on the wrapping design.
Meanwhile, as I was
perusing old photos, I remembered Marvin
Bartel’s old design
from a few years ago. I wonder if a thermocube plus a better
heating element could help keep the nipples thawed at yet lower
Any new heated chicken
waterer designs kicking around out there? I’d love to see your
photos — email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll share them on the
|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.