Rain gutter heater for PVC chicken waterer

Drilling holes for a nipple waterer Thanks again for the nipples.  They are working
wonderfully.  I thought you might enjoy seeing how we ended up
using them.

Using the provided
drill, we drilled 13 holes, six inches apart in two inch PVC.

Screwing chicken nipples in with a drill

Screwing the nipples in
by hand tool provided to be impossible.  The PVC is too
hard.  We finally got it in using a deep 9/16 socket attached to
the end of a drill.  Once we switched to the drill, they went in
really fast.

Inserting chicken nipples in PVC pipeWe
have 13 nipples.  The eleven you sold us, plus two we got from
a  neighbor (which is how we found out about them.)  We put
ten across, and three on the legs for chicks.  (You probably
already knew this, but they do not work well on the side.  It took
some messing around to keep the side / leg ones from leaking. 
However, every one of the straight down one works perfectly.)

Rain gutter heaterWe
live in a cold climate.  I don’t want the pipes to freeze. 
So I ran a heated cord through the pipe.  This cord is intended to
keep rain gutters from freezing.  It
Running heater through chicken waterer pipeis
water proof, and safe.

Picture of the heated
cord being run through all sections of the pipe.

Assembling the heated chicken waterer

Glued everything

Rain barrel reservoir for chicken waterer

50 gallon rain gutter
barrel.  I thought about building a stand, so that I could put the
pipe in the bottom, but decided to be lazy.  About 30 gallons is
above the hole.  The rest is dead weight.  In the spring I am
going to plumb running water into the top of the barrel

a toilet float to keep it full

Attaching the PVC pipe to the barrel

We cut a 2 1/4 hole
using a hole saw.
  Chickens drinking from the heated watererAdded
a slip fitting to the hole, glued the pipe in, plugged in the heated
cord, (since it is cold) and filled with water.  As you can see,
the chickens began drinking almost immediately.

We’ll be announcing the
winner of our
chicken waterer contest
next week.  Thanks to
everyone who took the time to share their designs!
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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