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Non-electric heated poultry waterer
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Bkeepr    Posted 01-27-2004 at 03:14:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Looking for a way to keep the waterer in one of my poultry coops from freezing, but there's no electricity near this particular building. Right now in really cold weather I have to carry and change the water morning, noon, and night to keep it flowing for the birds.

Have been thinking of some kind of small kerosene burner arrangement, and would like to hear anybody's experience or ideas about a design. I know in the old days there were kerosene brooders, so I'm guessing somebody has already figured out a way to keep water thawed.

Any ideas?
Tom A

davey h    Posted 09-20-2008 at 16:55:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It's not totally non-electric, but it does the job. All you need is two auto batteries, a battery tender, one converter and a fish tank heater. I had all this laying around my garage. Attach the converter to the battery. Plug the heater in and drop into a Galvanized Waterer. When one battery dies switch and recharge the second.

Joy    Posted 01-21-2008 at 22:54:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
There used to be kerosene heaters that sat in a base ring that sat under a galvanized waterer. I can't seem to find one of these though anymore. I did find the actual heating element, but not the base ring to go around it & of course the waterer can't sit on the burner itself. Hope you have more luck finding one than I have.

lswanson    Posted 11-20-2007 at 12:59:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'd be interested in how you solve this problem. I'm in the same situation. I was thinking of a large plastic rain but decided that would eventually freeze, too. The water would freeze in the tubing from the barrel to the waterer as well. Duh!

I was also thinking of a small solar panel/battery but haven't figured out a way to do that. Any thoughts?

Lazy Al    Posted 01-27-2004 at 14:21:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
just a thought , what if you made a two wall waterer with an inch or two between the walls and fill it with that foam in a can and just leave a small opening for them to drink . Make like a themos type set up .
At least it wouldn't freeze as fast .

cowgirlj    Posted 01-27-2004 at 10:14:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tom, you can buy aluminum waterers with special heating elements that fit under the water container to keep them from freezing up. As long as the whole thing is set on something heat proof, we use a large brick, you shouldn't have any more problems. It's a little pricing but worth it.

CAH    Posted 01-27-2004 at 09:06:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
They make small burners that hook up to a small LP tank. It would get expensive to do it too much. You would need a safe way to have the flame not cuase an accident. Do you have a wood stove? Could you heat smaller rocks on it and transfer them to a metal water dish to keep the water from feezer as fast.

KellyGa    Posted 01-27-2004 at 07:42:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your gonna have to run a outdoor extention cord out there. The feed stores and such sell these little flat, round metal heaters (reminds me of a pie pan turned upside down) that you set the waterer on to keep it thawed.

Dieselrider    Posted 01-27-2004 at 03:52:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
How far from the coop is the closest electric? Can you run a cord? There may be some other system out there but, I'm not familiar with it. I put a wire just under ground from the barn to the coop when we built for just that reason. Let us know how you make out with this.

grma jo    Posted 01-27-2004 at 19:37:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
with no electric outlet..could run cords from nearest one..or jsut go & hook up a regular electric line yourself.. i couldnt but you could do it yourself !! i use the heated dog dishes for poultry flock..& duck..have bigger one for goats & a large one for horses..tell ya its so nice not having to chip ice no more. keeps water cool not warm which is good. i still have to haul wter every morning & at night out to them cuz they drink alot. but still is nice not having to chip it out everyday or several times a day. dog heated plastic dishes run about $25-$28 at walmart or fleetfarm stores... with all ours running all winter it costs about $3 on our electric well worth the cost. the horse heated ones run about $75 ..$55 on sale.. i dont know what they used years ago but bet they chipped ice out instead of using any kind of heater....grmajo

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