Over the last few years, I’ve become acquainted with the products offered by Premier 1 Supplies. They are such a wonderful resource for me at the Mother Earth News Fairs and I was very excited when the opportunity came to try their new heated poultry waterer. Tending to frozen waterers in the winter is one of the things that chicken keepers struggle with the most. As I am sure you can guess, I am excited to try out this new waterer.
This will be my first Winter with the girls. Cape Cod doesn’t get too cold, but it has really gotten me to thinking about the coop and run set up as well as freezing waterers and nasty weather ahead. As a hobbist chicken raiser, we are not doing this on a very large scale. Our maximum flock size will mostlikely be about 12 girls, 6 of those being bantams. It is difficult to even find small feeders and waterers that are not hobbist size for adult chickens and most smaller versions are for little chicks.
My coop is 3’x4′ and the run is 6’x9′. I am currently using the plastic Little Giant 3 pound feeder. I have placed it upon 2 bricks elevating it above the pine shavings in the coop. The waterer is outside in the run. That too is a Little Giant 2 gallon galvanized metal waterer.
That being said, I am now looking into making the winter easy for the girls and for me too. There are numerous options from heated pet bowls, plastic waterers with an area to plug and extension cord into, as well as a metal heater base for the waterers to sit upon. The reviews are mixed on all choices. Thus, here in lies the difficulties. I guess this conversation will have to be continued…