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HEated Waterers

by | Oct 13, 2020 | Meyer Moment

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about heated waters! As the temperature continues to plummet it’s time to start thinking about your watering set-up. Frozen waterers, hoses, and thirsty birds can make for a miserable winter. However, with a little planning now, you can set yourself up for a successful season. 

Each waterer we discuss today will be linked in the show notes below! 

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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings. 

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about heated waters! As the temperature continues to plummet it’s time to start thinking about your watering set-up. Frozen waterers, hoses, and thirsty birds can make for a miserable winter. However, with a little planning now, you can set yourself up for a successful season. 

Each waterer we discuss today will be linked in the show notes below! 

For smaller flocks, try the heated 2-gallon nipple waterer. This waterer does need a small platform to sit upon, as it’s not designed for hanging. With a cone-shaped lid, it helps prevent your flock from roosting and is tested down to -20 degree temperatures with a built-in thermostat automatically turning on at 40 degrees and off at 60 degrees. 

This waterer is perfect for use inside your coop, as the drip-catch style recessed nipples prevent your bedding below from getting wet. If your chickens aren’t currently accustomed to this style waterer, don’t worry, they adapt quickly! 

If you currently have a nipple style chicken watering bucket in use, try adding the chicken waterer de-icer this winter. This is a small mechanism you can drop inside your existing waterer. The built-in thermostat will keep your water just above freezing and is Teflon coated making the de-icer durable and long-lasting. 

If the idea of de-icer intrigues you, check out the convertible plastic tank de-icer. This 2 in 1 model is easily converted from floating to submersible, working great in larger plastic livestock tanks. If you chose to use a large outside open waterer, this may be the solution for you. 

Speaking of open waterers, you could opt for a 2-gallon plastic heated bucket. Thermostatically controlled with a heavy-duty anti-chew cord, this bucket is great for chickens as well as other pets such as cats and dogs. If you have multiple waterers on the farm, this may be a great supplemental option to ensure all your animals have an open water source. 

Now if we head back inside the coop, the 3 gallon heated poultry fount is a favorite amongst customers. It’s a traditional fount style waterer, your chickens may be used to from the summer months but features a plug to power a thermostat that will kick on only when needed, keeping your flock hydrated at all times. This waterer can be hung and is perfect for up to 35 birds. 

Lastly is the automatic electric heater base which is designed for use within a sheltered area and with galvanized founts. With this base you can use your existing 4-7 gallon galvanized founts, allowing for one of the highest capacity enclosed heated waterers available for your larger flocks. 

As you can see, there are a lot of different heated waterer options available whether your flock consists of 10 birds or 50, along with styles from founts to nipple-style waters, those that sit upon a base or hang inside the coop. 

Again, each style we discussed today, is linked below in the show notes. Take some time to review, and find the best-heated waterer for your coop and keep your flock hydrated this winter! 

Enjoy the rest of your week and as always, thank you for listening to The Coop!

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