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Who's using heated waterers?

 
Will Holland
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What's your experience with heated waterers? Both with products/devices and with use?
 
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My wife used both heat element and light bulb heated chicken watering devices in Canada. She says they all do a fairly good job.
She had a full complement of chickens, peacocks, 4 pheasant species and lots of other exotic fowl. She also had rabbits, Emu and horses. She used electric heaters for those.
According to her, most brands are at least similar in longevity and work about the same regardless of brand.

I had a friend in N. California that kept chickens in the high altitudes of the Sierra Nevada mountains who used electric heating elements that were submersible (similar to those made for heating tea or coffee water).
He never had any problems with frozen water that I am aware of using those. But he also had the wire encased in metal conduit as a pecking protection and he had pyrometers attached too.

Since we don't have our chickens yet on Buzzard's Roost, but do have hogs, we currently are using insulated watering troughs for winter water for the hogs.
Our temps do get down to below freezing occasionally so there is a need but not quite as necessary as if we were North.

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steve bossie
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i have a small pond/ trough heater i put in a shallow mental feed bowl i got at tractor supply. we get to -30f here occasionally and I've never seen the water freeze in it.
 
Will Holland
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steve bossie wrote:i have a small pond/ trough heater i put in a shallow mental feed bowl i got at tractor supply. we get to -30f here occasionally and I've never seen the water freeze in it.


Is it inside our outside, Steve?
 
steve bossie
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inside the coop.
 
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