Nov 15, 2011

Make a Cookie Tin Waterer Heater. Under $10, & 10 minutes!

Winter brings many challenges for the backyard chicken-keeper, and frozen water is chief among them.  You can make your own waterer heater for use with either metal or plastic waterers. It will cost less than $10, cost pennies to run and you can complete the project in under ten minutes. 

We had record-breaking, sub-zero temperatures for long periods of time in 2010 here in Connectictut and my waterers never iced over the way they used to without these heaters.  It doesn't seem as though a humble, 40 watt lightbulb should be able to produce enough warmth to keep the water in a plastic waterer from icing over, but remarkably, it does!

Supplies:
  • 10", metal cookie tin (available at most dollar & thrift stores & likely in your garage or basement)
  • lamp assembly kit (available oniline, at hardware & home improvement stores OR buy a thrift store/tag sale lamp and take it apart)0
  • 40 watt, incandescent light bulb (in deep-freeze conditions, use a 60 watt bulb)(in light of the government phase-out, some users recommend 40 watt candelabra bulbs or CFL bulbs, but I have not, so I cannot vouch for their effectiveness)
  • Drill with 3/8" drill bit
Instructions:
1. Drill a hole in the side of the cookie tin.

2. String the pre-threaded lamp stem assembly through the hole & tighten the screw on the stem.
 3. Screw in the light bulb. Voila!
 TO USE:
Put the top on the cookie tin and place the tin on a cinder block either inside the coop or outside in the run.  Plug into a GFI outlet. Place metal or plastic waterer on top of the water heater when freezing temperatures are anticipated. Disconnect when not in use or use a ThermoCube to turn the unit on when temperatures reache 35°F.
When I made my first cookie tin water heater, I found it difficult to believe that this device, which barely felt warm to the touch, could possibly do the intended job. I was only convinced the first frigid morning I went out into the run and found no ice ring to chip out of the waterer. You may have to try it to believe it too.



497 comments :

  1. Cool or hot might I say :)

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    1. Why not run the cord through the hollow threaded rod? Then you won't have to worry about the hole in the tin chaffing the cord. One less hole to drill, too.

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    2. Interesting suggestion, I had no idea you could re-thread the cord through the rod. Good thinking!

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    3. Thanks for the Wonderful Idea! I went right out and tried this myself. It is very easy and can't wait to use it: )I did use a fixture that the cord ran down the rod though.

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    4. My husband just made one for our coop last night! It works wonderfully! We had seen your post about it a couple weeks ago. Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  2. this is so awesome even I can do it!!!!!

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  3. It really is very simple and effective. It's not going to keep your morning coffee piping hot, but it will allow you to avoid taking an ice pick to your waterer every morning in freezing temperatures!

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  4. I will definately be doing this. What a great idea.

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  5. Have to add this to DH's Honey-Do List!

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  6. As an alternative to buying a commercial one for $48, I'm looking at this great idea seriously. Will pass along to the handy/manly sweetheart. Big chill predicted for this coming weekend. And I already have a tin.

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  7. Do you think a square tin would work, or would round be better for even heat distribution?

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  8. The shape of the tin doesn't matter at all. Let me know how it works for you this weekend!

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  9. This is great! I bought a heated pet bowl for the regular sized chickens but its too deep for my little game sized chickens. Now I can use this idea for my little cuties! Thanks!

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  10. Happy to pass along the information. :)

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  11. Great idea, I'm going to make one for the dogs. If you use a thermo cube on the plug end it will cycle on the electricity when the temperature drops below 35degree. That would make it unnecessary to unplug the unit when the weather warms up.

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    1. Thermo-Cube! Great suggestion.

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  12. Interesting you should mention the thermo cube b/c I tried using them twice before with no luck. Have you had experience with them.

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  13. I love this idea. I have one of the $50 heater bases. (Eek!) but I need another for my other side of coop with my 3 month olds in it. I am going to try it! My girls will be very thankful, and I will too!
    Hugs,
    Little Susie Home Maker

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    1. Did you try it yet, Little Susie Home Maker? Would love to see photos!

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  14. The thermo cubes have been real time/energy savers for us. We've used them successfully for the heated dog mats, horsetank heater, and the heated water dish.

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  15. I'm going to have to give them another shot then b/c I wasn't persuaded that they really worked the first time.
    It's supposed to get down to 22 degrees F tonight, so I suppose now is as good a time as any!

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  16. Very neat idea. Any tests done to see how cold it can get and this method still work?

    Jeff
    http://www.thebackyardchickencoop.com

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  17. Thanks Jeff. No official tests done but there were record breaking cold temperatures here in Connecticut last year and the chickens could always access the water even if a thin layer of ice had begun to form overnight.

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  18. I bought a seed germintaion mat, that is waterproof, exteremely low wattage and have used it for years with my birds. I had a friend who had a coop burn down because of a light bulb heater

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  19. So sorry to hear about your friend's coop. Electricity is our friend when used responsibly and can be our worst enemy if not, regardless of the wattage.
    Safety first folks. Safety first!

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  20. I'll have to show Hubby this one! Great idea! Wish I'd had seen this BEFORE I bought the $35. one at the feed store! This is such a great invention!

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  21. Didn't see any other place to post this...so...just letting you know I "Facebooked" the link to the Tree site and asked everyone to vote for a fellow chicken fancier. Fingers are crossed for you (and great blog site too! Looking foward to coming back and reading more)

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  22. Thank you Bobbye Land Hudspeth! I appreciate your support! Please say hello on one of my recent Facebook posts as you qualify as an entrant in the HENBAG Giveaway for sharing my Egg Tree with your friends!!

    We're gaining on the leaders!!

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  23. You can use the same concept for a doghouse warmer. Here in Colorado, it seems a 25 watt bulb is sufficient, start there and go up if necessary.

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  24. Chicken Rustler12/29/11, 12:14 AM

    Good looking idea BUT I would like to mentionthat where the cord goes through the cookie tin is a potentialshrt circuit/fire hazard. The cord should go through the center of the lamp mount. This would kee the cord away feon sharp edges.

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  25. Great! Unless you're "off-the-grid" like we are.

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  26. @the Chicken Rustler: good point. Safety first.

    @farmhouse wife: Sorry you're 'off-the-grid." :(

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  27. So simple even a Caveman can do it

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  28. DownyChick1/4/12, 8:59 PM

    Do the chickens peck at the cord at all? I am afraid they might. Wondering about running the cord through a PVC pipe or something.

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  29. @DownyChick: I worried about the same thing when installing the first one but they actually have no interest at all in the cord. I don't pretend to understand what motivates them sometimes but perhaps they're smarter than people give them credit for. :)

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  31. Hi, thank u for sharing this awesome way to save money and time! I posted the info on my facebook page Rainbow Farm Sales Chickens! Thank u again!

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  32. Love! Only wish I'd seen it sooner, as DH instead built a pvc waterer with those nipples nipples and wrapped it with heat tape and insulated it... and $100 later, the water still freezes!!!

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    1. Ouch! Well, glad you found this eventually, at least this little number will work the way you hope it will. :)

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  33. Love the idea..
    we bought a heated dog bowl.. gets a bit dirty with the girls flying down from the roost & all.
    But after YEARS of dealing with frozen water bowls, it's worth cleaning once a week..

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    1. Thanks. :) Frozen water is a drag, isn't it?

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  34. This was just a great idea that I showed my hubby and he made one for our birds!
    Thank you.

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    1. That's so nice to know, Julie! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  35. Does anyone have a recorded lowest temperature that this lamp box works? We get -31 F for sometimes 2 weeks at our lowest.

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    1. Nicole, this is not going to work outside for -31° F temps. It will work to keep the water thawed in sub zero temps but not that low for that long. If you're able to keep water in the coop and use it inside the coop, that would work though. That's what I do in one of my coops.

      Try it and let us know how your experiment with low temps pans out!

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  36. My husband made one of these and used a hot water thermostat wired into the cord in side the cookie tin. This way when the temperature inside the cookie tin reached a certain temperature (around 95*) the light bulb would shut off till it cooled down inside the cookie tin and then the bulb would turn back on to heat up when it cooled down below a certain temp.

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  37. This is my entry for the Chicken and the Dog book!! I love your giveaways Kathy!!!

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  38. The Chicken & the Dog book looks super cute!!! I think it would be a great addition to our book collection!!!
    Audrey Siebert

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    1. Audrey, it is an adorable book and the illustrations are wonderful.

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  39. Thanks for all of your wonderful contests!

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  40. I have made several of these....and LOVE them! Even here in Indiana, when winter temps get below zero for a few days at a time...they keep our waterers from freezing. I put mine up on cinder blocks...just to make sure there is NO chance of it getting too hot and starting a fire.
    That book looks so cute! I would love to win one for my grand babies!
    justusnak@aol.com

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    1. I'm so glad to know that the cookie tin water heaters are working well for you! Thanks for letting me know and good luck tonight!

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  41. Ronda Chiappetta5/16/12, 11:38 AM

    Will definitely have to make a couple of these for next winter! Hopefully with my "less than great" building skills I can make this...if not, hubby has a new job to do...HAHA Thank you for your contest, would LOVE to win "The Chicken and the Dog" and yay, she lives in Wa. like me. =)

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  42. Renee Bruns Drossel5/16/12, 11:41 AM

    We made one of these after reading this post last winter ! Such a good idea, thanks ! I'd also love to be entered in the book giveaway. It looks great- our whole family would enjoy it :) Renee rlb_13@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Renee. Happy to hear the cookie tin heater is working for you too. :) Thanks for entering the giveaway tonight. "The Chicken and the Dog" is an adorable children's story.

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    2. Renee, Congratulations! You are the winner of a copy of 'The Chicken and the Dog' by Andre and Amanda Maxwell!!
      I will email you to get your address.
      Enjoy the book!

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  43. robin mcdowell5/16/12, 2:41 PM

    that is a wonderful idea! going to try it this winter!

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  44. sweet idea, going to have to try it out!!!

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  45. Thank you for adding a wonderful new chicken friend to your site. Her art work is delightful. And This is a great project that even I can do. for my chicken yard this winter. got to make life easier for everyone. You work very hard to give good info to us all thank you. Lynn Crone

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    1. You're so sweet, Lynn. Thank you for saying that.

      I think you'll find this project simple and effective. Happy to have been able to share it with you. ☺

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  46. I love when you can do things yourself and save money. Thanks for the info.

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  47. You are so creative! And my grand babies would love the book! Think I'll order it, if I don't win it! :)

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    1. Gina, if your grandkids like chickens, they will love this book. My little girls do.

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  48. Like this warmer, I may use it this winter. Would like the book...I'm a children's librarian:) Chel at rlb118@hotmail.com

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    1. Chel, how wonderful is your job?! The kids would love it!

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    2. Hi Chel. I'm afraid you did not win the giveaway, however, when the authors of "The Chicken and the Dog" read that you are a children's librarian, they decided to give you a copy for your library!!! How cool is that?!

      Please let us know how your little readers enjoy the story!

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  49. I'm very NOT handy, but I did make this after reading your blog this past winter. It was easy & way cheaper than buying 1. Thanks

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  50. I am going right NOW to show my husband! He has 7 months to get it done!

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    1. Sara, I am hysterical over here! Do you want to place bets on when it will be completed? :)

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  51. What a great, simple idea and huge money-saver! This will be a practical way to keep my hens' water from freezing this winter. Thank you!

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    1. My pleasure, Maria. Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

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  52. This had to be my favorite blog post... I made 2 cookie tin heaters... They are Cheap and easy to make. Love it... Thanks Kathy I love your Blog.. ~ Diane

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  53. Freshly new idea for those who have chicken and winter :P

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  54. I wonder if this will work in the chicken run. I cover my runs with plastic so the chickens can go out during the day. I prefer not to keep water inside the coop.

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  55. What an ingenious idea! Love it :)

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  56. Great idea and post. Photos are so helpful! Thank you so much for linking this up on the blog hop. It's been great having you each week.

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  57. Water Heater10/22/12, 11:02 AM

    a Neighbor of mine had something very similar setup in his basement for his dog. He burned his house to the ground. http://www.hulseyenvironmental.com/plumbing/Water-Heater-Install-replacement/

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  58. Run the electric cord of the lamp assembly thru the stem instead of out the side and you will only have to drill one hole and will not expose the cord to sharp metal edges, which over time could be a hazard. 

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  59. TheChickenChick11/12/12, 12:15 PM

    As with everything electrical, if not properly used, it would be. I have been using mine for years both in the coops and runs safely. The real fire danger is in using heat lamps anywhere and lots of people use them to keep the coops heated in the winter so that water doesn't freeze up. That is a recipe for disaster.

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  60. Thanks for the how-to!

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  61. TheChickenChick11/12/12, 10:54 PM

    My pleasure! Thanks for checking it out, Lauren! :)

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  62. Awesome. Glad to find you. I have 12 hens and they all thank you too. I love my puffy butts. Darlene 

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  63. TheChickenChick11/13/12, 8:09 AM

    Thanks Darlene! ♥

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  64. Sharon Lee Bense11/14/12, 1:46 PM

    My husband made this for me and he had one suggestion. The hole that the wire goes through could get cut by the tin down to the wire and cause a short, so he suggested glueing it or putting it through a grommet. Waiting for freezing weather, which we may get this weekend!

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  65. TheChickenChick11/14/12, 9:27 PM

    Thanks for sharing that, Sharon. I have been using mine for several years and my experience has been that there is no friction on the cable because it simply sits stationary in place. I can see that repeated friction over time could cause what you describe, but I don't think that's a danger here. Of course, it couldn't hurt to make the metal edges less sharp by putting electrical tape on them for protecting fingers.

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  66. Had to post this link again.. I love the cookie tin heater... <3 Diane

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  67. TheChickenChick11/17/12, 1:27 PM

    Thanks for sharing, Diane! I'm thrilled to know that they work well for you too. :)

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  68. Wow! This is an awesome idea and I will be making some this week...thanks for the great info!

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  69. This is a great idea!  I bought a heated waterer and we have trouble getting the water in and then when we tip it back over the bottom must be loose and it often dumps water in out laps! 

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  70. TheChickenChick11/20/12, 10:20 PM

    My pleasure, please let me know how it works out for you!

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  71. I am so glad I found your blog yesterday because you had this wonderful idea to keep my chicken's water from freezing this winter in today's blog. Mine will cost me nothing but purchase of light bulbs sine I have lamp parts from other projects and tin cans I knew would come in handy one day.  Now I am trying to figure if I can put 3 of the heaters under my horse's water trough.  I never have any luck with the water heaters you put in the troughs.

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  72. TheChickenChick11/21/12, 12:40 PM

    That's great to hear! Please let me know how they work out for you!

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  73. Thank you SO much for this post! I have been busting ice for years, not wanting to spend an arm and a leg on those heated waterers. I've made 2 of these already and I LOVE them! Thank you!

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  74. TheChickenChick11/28/12, 3:55 PM

    Hooray! I'm so happy to know these are working well for you!

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  75. Kathy...1st of all_ thank you soo much for this wonterful and informative blog!!! Quick question, do I need to have water inside the coop during the winter?My girls (7) coop have an automatic door opener/closer, and a heated waterer outside. However now that it drops below 30 deg. at night the water in their coop freezes. Prior to the drop in temperature, the waterer inside the coop didn't seem to get a lot of attention, so I am very tempted to remove it 'till spring. I'd really prefer not to have electrical wires inside the coop, but if necessary I will proceed with making one of your cookie tin heaters.

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  76. TheChickenChick11/30/12, 6:40 PM

    They need access to water when they are awake, so if your pop door opens at the crack of dawn and they can drink outside, you don't need water in the coop.

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  77. this is AWESOME!!
    I would have never thought to make such an easy  heater.

    TY Ma'am for sharing all you do.  I know you  have made many lives a whole easier just by sharing.

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  78. Great idea!  Hope I get cookies in a tin for Christmas!

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  79. Heather Schleifer12/21/12, 3:58 PM

    I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas

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  80. Heather Schleifer12/21/12, 4:00 PM

    I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas
    From Heather and her Hens !!!!

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  81. Thank you so much for all your awesome ideas!!! Winning a henbag would just be icing on the cake for me :)

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  82. Cheryl Sleeth12/21/12, 4:04 PM

    thank you for the wonderful info you always share with us, and please include me in the giveaway....I need a hen purse!!! :-)

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  83. Joyce Zaleski12/21/12, 4:04 PM

    Consider this my entry for the henbag :) I sure hope I am posting this comment in the correct place, tried on my phone but didn't show is posted. Love the Henbag!! Merry Christmas.

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  84. I hope i subscribed right! I have been wishing for a long time that i could get one of these for my grandma (chicken fanatic) maybe this will be my chance! She has had chickens for as long as i can remember, you can't walk into her house without seeing everything chicken; Cookie jars, clocks, framed pictures, pot holders, dish towels, her burner covers on her stove. I can't even think of all of it now

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  85. LOVE all your  chicken info and ideas!

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  86. I can never get enough reading done on your blog. Great idea's and cost effective as well. Even here in the south it get's cold at night. My flock is well taken care of but water is always an issue. Thank you for all your insight. Merry Christmas!

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  87. I have learn so much from you in such a short time. As a new egg on the farm I can't get enough of your blog. So many idea's and I am having so much fun trying everything out as well as the decorating. I even got my husband making coops and painting. We have a merry old time with our new hobby! Thank you and Merry Christmas! 

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  88. Hey Chicken Chick! I'd love to win the Hen Bag! :)  I'm following you by email, and here's my comment! Have a wonderful week! :D

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  89. Merry Christmas Chicken Chick! I'd love to win a hen bag for Christmas!

    Thanks!

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  90. We have made this heater & it works great!!

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  91. I don't need a water heater here in Hawaii but it would make a great heater to keep new born chicks warm! Who designed the hen bag? Will they be making the bag in different breeds? What about a rooster tool bag?

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  92. Santa! I just finished all my chicken chores and I've been a really good Chicken Mommy this year! Could I PLEASE find  a henbag under the Christmas Tree this year??

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  93. Thank you for the chance to win the chicken purse. I love the idea about using a tin to make a water warmer. I am going to have to try this out. 

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  94. The water heater would not be of any value to me as I live in Hawaii but it would work well as warmer for newborn chicks or orphaned baby birds I might find. I really like the hen bags, who came up with them? Will they make other breeds? How about a rooster tool bag?

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  95. I have made one of these for my chickens and talk about working well!  I have not had one freeze yet and we have had single numbers on many nights already here in Maine.  I have even shared your blog to many who are following my homestead page as a solution to frozen water.  Thanks from my hens and me :D

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  96. Salome honeycutt12/21/12, 4:39 PM

    Thanks for a great blog. Though we haven't seen ice yet, I know it's coming. I will be purchasing the makings to keep on hand.

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  97. great idea on heater. will try. 

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  98. Thanks for the instructions on the heated waterer.... This is now on my to do list!!


    I so want to win one of the chicken handbags... I will gladly trade in my Vera Bradley to rock one of these chicken bags!!

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  99. Rickki Wallace12/21/12, 4:45 PM

    I would love to win a Hen Bag!  I think no self respecting chicken lady should be without one.  I love your blog and have been a subscriber for awhile!  And I follow you on Facebook. 

    Email is calicotygmailDOTcom

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  100. larissa amos12/21/12, 4:45 PM

    your ideas are ingenious !

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  101. Lynda Anderson12/21/12, 4:55 PM

    We don't have electricity in our coop, but we're trying to rip up something solar to keep the water thawed.  This might be adaptable to that.  

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  102. Merry Christmas to all you chicks out there ;)

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  103. Very clever! I'm glad we seldom get to freezing temperatures here. Lots and lots of cold rain, sometimes frost, occasionally a dusting of snow.

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  104. So many awesome ideas. We used the giant vegetable cans but this os so much cuter. :-)

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  105. Sue Leighton12/21/12, 5:35 PM

    I think even I can do this!!!  Great instructions!!  Thank you :)

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  106. I love the reuse/recycle projects.  That's going to be a goal of mine in 2013 is to really get creative with stuff and not just buy more stuff.  Fortunately though in CA, I've never had their water freeze.  My bird bath freezes all the time.  But their water is up against the house and under an overhang which provides JUST enough protection.  Whew, one less thing to worry about.

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  107. Love love love this idea so creative. We just finished playing with our chickens a few minutes ago :)

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  108. I have loads of cookie tins, I could do this!  Thank you!

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  109. I just love your page and all the neat ideas you post!

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  110. Thank You for your creativity and information. :)

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  111. Thank you for your creativity and information. :)

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  112. Cyn Van Antwerp12/21/12, 6:49 PM

    I think I should win the Hen bag cuz I'm one of ur baggiest hens!

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  113. Thank you, Kathy, for all your great ideas! I love your blog!!

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  114. Thanks for all the knowledge (chick knowledge, that is ;) I always learn new info every time I visit yout site! :) I would certainly LOVE to win the chicken bag!

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  115. love to win the chicken purse!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  116. im going to try this myself, great idea

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  117. Very practical, thank you and Merry Christmas

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  118. What a great idea! Merry Christmas! I hope there is hen bag under my tree.

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  119. I'm here to tell you that this works! I made one and it hasn't failed the girls yet! Thanks again Kathy for all you have taught me

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  120. Very creative.  We do not have electricity in our coop.  I would need several very long extension cords :) If it gets cold enough, I may have to try it.

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  121. Wish I would have seen this before I paid lots for a premade water heater. Whoops oh well there's always next time. I love your site!

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  122. We're still hoping for such a chill here in the NW!  But if it every gets cold here, I'll be prepared! Thanks!

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  123. Love the Hen Bag...and by the way the heater works, great
     

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  124. I made this cookie yin warmer and it is working beautifully. Got its first true test the past couple of days here in central Indiana. Love it!!

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  125. Peggy Eiland12/22/12, 12:19 AM

    Very Clever!

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  126. Ms Kathy, I do not know how you find the times to keep edumacating us bird lovers but I have to thank you!!!!! And by the way, this old bag needs a new hen nag, just sayin!!!! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family. Kat Kephart

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  127. Love the new water heater, I have actually made it and it works just like you said it would! Thanks for your posts. Am also using sand now in my roost. Great change!

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  128.  Woo-hoo!  I just absolutely adore the Henbags and can't live another day
    without one.  Please, Santa!  Please will you bring me one for
    Christmas this year?  I promise I will be a better girl next year than I
    have been this year.  I will do everything EGGS-actly perfect!  Merry
    Christmas to you!

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  129. I love mine! Need to make another. ;)

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  130. Looks like a great idea!  We have a water heater of some kind - just gotta see if it works this year!  We may try this for our second waterer!  Thanks!  Also, am a faithful blog subcriber/reader ;-)
     

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  131. thanks so much for your very easy and practical tips! 

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  132. Cheryl Sleeth12/22/12, 1:51 PM

    I SO NEED that Hen Purse...pick me please!!! lol....I love following your blog, and facebook page...you always put up info worth reading...THANK YOU...and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! 

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  133. thanks so much for your very practical and affordable tips!

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  134. Alex Summersell12/22/12, 1:52 PM

    Little ice today in waterers. I'm glad they don't freeze solid. 

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  135. I love that henbag! :) Someday...maybe someday. 

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  136. What a great chicken water heater idea!  :)   A nd the henbag is awesome!

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  137. the handbag is just LOVELY!  So is your site!

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  138. What a great idea. I've got to try it out. Thanks!

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  139. Santa Chick! What a wonderful way to make a heated waterer. I don't have any girls yet but I'm starting a file and this is going into it. I may even make one since I have my tins out now! Santa chick, I would love that hen bag - can you believe I won't be getting even ONE Christmas present this year? It's astounding, but it's true. I've lost so many friends over the last few years, and my husband too, that when I got hurt, I was alone!  So, I'm looking forward to acquiring some little girls for company and to help make new friends! Please help me win that cute hen bag for Christmas! Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  140. A clever set up.... despite being in the Southwestern desert, I have had to dump ice out of our waterers more than once.

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  141. This is a clever set up. Despite being in the Southwestern desert, I have already had to dump ice out of the waterers (well... once, anyway). I'll keep this in mind if I end up having to do it more often.

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  142. What an awesome idea! Thank you so much for all your great information! I've been trying for one of these bags since I first saw them. I'm hoping I get lucky this time!

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  143. GREAT IDEA, ESPECIALLY NOW WHEN EVERYBODY HAS COOKIE TINS !
     

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  144. What a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing it with everyone, and all you do. Thanks to you and your blog, we're going to be getting some chickens this spring, my husband wasn't agreeable untill I shared your blog with him, now we have been planing and preparing to bring some chicks home next spring. Thank you for this giveaway also, my daughter went crazy, almost as happy as I am to see this giveaway, love the Henbag.
    This Henbag is just too cute! Thanks!

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  145. Wonderful idea!  I'm going to make a couple of these water heaters..thank you for the instructions.

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  146. Love your site and am looking forward to reading all your blog entries...

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  147. I absolutely ADORE this purse!!!  Would LOVE to own one!!!  Please!  Pretty please!!  :)

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  148. We've made several of these and they work amazning!! Thanks for sharing, also, im hoping to win that purse for my wife :P

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  149. I want to win a Hen bag :) But we check here daily for all of your different ideas from a egg-nativity to winter preparations for our flock.  Thank you for a great blog!

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  150. Gloria Williams12/22/12, 3:16 PM

    I have sooo admired the hen purse, but more than anything I enjoy learning all the tips you have and seeing all the happy chicks pictures!!

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  151. Hey I've passed on these instructions to a couple of my chicken keeping friends.  Thanks a lot.  I used to use a small heater in an open pan in the coop when it froze and that  left the water open to anything the hen's would scratch up.  Thank you.

    I ended up getting a rooster out of my chicks this year.  Initially I was disappointed as most I've been around were obnoxious.  This one is a Rhodie - and he's gorgeous - but he's also a sweetheart.  I have a blackberry bush in my back yard an the chickens love them.  I often spend an hour a day picking them and throw them for the "girls".  I figured, because he was bigger, he would get all of them, and while he runs for them when I toss them down, if a hen is near, he will stop and let her have it.  I've also seen him pluck berries from the lower vines and drop them down for "his" girls.  Absolutely amazing.

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  152. I singed up and hope to win, thanks for your info you give.

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  153. sheryl kellerman12/22/12, 4:04 PM

    I love your fun posts and pictures.  Thank You... Makes my day..

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  154. I just LOVE the hen bags, if I win one I will give it to my daughter as she loves them too :) Merry Christmas!

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  155. You have helped make rising chicken popular again.  I love it as a chicken raiser
    Thank You
    Georgia Ankney

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  156. TheChickenChick12/22/12, 5:24 PM

    Merry Christmas Jennifer!

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  157. TheChickenChick12/22/12, 5:25 PM

    That's really nice of you to say, Georgia. Thank you. ♥

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  158. TheChickenChick12/22/12, 5:25 PM

    Thank you Sheryl!

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