Now here’s a must-have for those raising chickens in areas with extreme cold weather – a chicken waterer heater!
Chooks are very well capable of keeping themselves warm during winter. But keeping their drinking water from freezing is something that they cannot do. So if it tends to get very cold in your place, providing your chicken coop with a heated chicken waterer is one important measure you shouldn’t forget.
There are commercial heated bases available for chicken waterer units. But you can also simply build one yourself using materials you probably already have!
This DIY project is one example; using cinder block and a matching concrete stepping stone.
Being a cinder block, it is great for providing just enough heat to keep the water warm. It keeps the chicken waterer above the ground, so it also keeps water free of chicken poop and other dirt.
It’s very easy to set up and all you have to remember is to make sure that no wood comes into direct contact with heat and other electrical components!
Do you need a cinder block chicken waterer heater in your chicken coop?
You’ll need these materials:
- Cinder Block
- Concrete Stepping Stone (size should be fit to cover the cinder block)
- Light Bulb and Socket
- Aluminum Bracket
- Screws/Bolts and Nuts
And this tool:
- Cordless Drill
You can get a step-by-step tutorial from mareed2k over at Backyard Chickens!
Here are a few other DIY chicken waterer heater ideas for you:
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Cinder Block Heater
Hanging Bucket with Nipples
Cookie Tin Heater
Terra Cotta Pot Heater