An Easy DIY Winter Chicken Waterer

This DIY winter chicken waterer is easy to make, and it's inexpensive, too.

| December 2003/January 2004

  • Three chickens
    Baby, it's cold outside!
    Photo by Fotolia/fotomaster

  • Three chickens

Here's an easy way to make a winter chicken waterer that is inexpensive and really works. The water won't freeze, even on the coldest nights.


1 socket that will accept a metal reflector, 8-inches in diameter, around the bulb
1 piece of 8-inch plastic pipe, approximately 8-inches long
2 flat-bottomed metal feed pans, 8 to 10 inches in diameter
3 cinder blocks about 8 inches high
1 100-watt flood light

Directions: Screw the reflector onto the light socket. Screw in the bulb. Set reflector and light with the bulb up, in the 8-inch pipe. The reflector hangs off the top rim of the pipe.

Place the pipe on a level piece of ground so the bulb faces upward. Route the power cord through the bottom of the pipe. Place one pan upside down over the reflector with its edges resting on the cinder blocks. Place the second pan right side up on top of the first; put a rock in the top pan (to keep the chickens from tipping it over) and fill it with water.

Remember safety first and use a ground fault interruption (GFI) plug and an outdoor electrical cord.

12/8/2017 5:48:54 PM

Did not remind that a portable GFI is $15. Be sure to save energy by using LED floods and use a timer... And submersible aquarium heater pads that limit temps to 80F max. They may be 8-15W for overall savings. 100W uses 1KwHr of elec at maybe 25 cents for 10 hrs... $7.50 in a month. You can cut that ~66%. An old Alladin-like bowl is insulated and can help further.

11/10/2017 8:55:23 PM

I do agree, but I need the words, too! Sounds like a great idea! Thanks!

11/8/2017 11:10:52 AM

A picture would have been worth more than almost all those words.


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