K.I.S.S. Chicken Water Heater

Guinea hen and chicken waterer

Drum chicken waterer

of Materials:

  • 2-Avian
    Aqua Misers
  • 1-
    30 gallon Chemical drum
  • 1-
    Tetra submersible fish tank heater Wal-Mart $15
  • 1-
    Thermo Cube 35ºF on 45ºF off Farm Store or online $10-$15

Install the Avian Aqua
Misers in the bottom of the drum and suspend it.

A submersible heater and thermocube make a chicken waterer heater

The aquarium
heater will heat the water and the THERMO CUBE will only turn it on
when the temperature gets below 35ºF. The water will only be heated
when needed.


Insert heater into chicken waterer

Place heater in
large hole in drum and pull the cord through the small hole in the drum
with a stiff wire. You may have to trim the plug to get it through the
small hole.

Trim plug so it will fit through the hole

Slit in cover for cord

Cut a slit in the small
cover for the cord, slip plug through the
washer and slide the cord through the slit. Reinstall the large plug
and small plug with the cord through it.

you are done.

Plug in thermocube
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,
three foot length of pipe heating cable
($23), and the contents of
our kit.  With a layer of
, the
waterer is good down into the teens.

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