This unique product is designed like a traditional plastic poultry fountain but has the added benefit of being able to use it during the winter.
The base has a 100 watt thermostatically controlled heater built into it.
During the winter, simply plug an extension cord into the base and the unit will work automatically, keeping the water in the 3 gallon reservoir from freezing down to 0°F. It has a unique bottom-fill feature, and is ideal for year round use.
1 year manufacturer guarantee.
The heater works and keeps the water thawed. That is the only good thing I can say about it. It is very difficult to take apart and put together. The bottom and top are designed to slide in opposite directions to lock in place, but they don't. I ended up having to use a screwdriver and hammer to get the parts to move into place. Don't waste your money.
"Invest in another waterer"
Don't waste your money. The plastic broke the first winter and the replacement time was 6 months.
"Favorite Heated Drinker"
I wasn't going to post a review regarding this drinker design, but when I read all the BAD reviews, I felt maybe I should. I have several of these and in fact, purchased three more today. This is a GREAT VALUE.. when you consider that most drinkers, heated or not, sell for high 30 dollar range if they are of any meaningful capacity. 3 gallons is perfect as you will be carrying it, making the full drinker about 27 lbs. There are four raised nibs on the top, this allows you to stand it upside down with the base OFF, fill the unit quickly, replace the base and turn it over... apparently I'm one of the rare folks that does this without dousing my feet. Also note that there is a center hole in the handle and it may be suspended by a chain or placed on a level stand, preferably at the back height of birds to be watered. Considering that the galvanized heater bases are 40.00 or higher alone, this is a workable and inexpensive alternative. I do recommend plugging your extension cord into a GFCI outlet as we are dealing with water and electricity. It's simple, quick, convenient and inexpensive... five stars in my book. Get one or several... I absolutely recommend them. I don't particularly care about the bottom fill opening. The first model didn't have that option, and I open it anyway so I can clean the base and tank portion before refilling. Never had a problem with the bottom falling off after properly engaging all of the tabs.
"Love this waterer"
I have 3 of these waterers and I love them. Never had any problem filling or keeping clean. Very nice because I can add apple cider vinegar where you cant in the galvanized waterers. I have all mine sitting on cinder blocks and the wide trough makes it easy for crested breeds to drink. Barring any electrical malfunction I anticipate these last a good long time
worked 1 winter then the thermostat failed.the bottom is barely held on with tabs and tends to fall off while flipping it back over soaking feet
I have had one over two years. It works. As the other reviewers have mentioned, the bottom fill is a poor design. It took me several time and numerous drenchings to get the hand of flipping this thing over without getting soaked. I never fill it completely full because I will be unable to flip it without bathing myself. Plus, you need a funnel to fill it though the rubber plug on the bottom. I have concerns over how long that rubber plug will last before it starts leaking. They really should have made this a top fill design.
I bought one at the local feed store that looks just like this. You DO NOT have to unscrew the bottom red part (dish) mine has a rubber plug in the bottom. you just pull it out and fill then plug back in. You don't even take the bottom off
"Don't bother with this one"
This has got to be the most poorly designed waterer yet. Whoever thought of a bottom-filling waterer obviously doesn't have poultry, and has never tried to flip one of these over after filling. After 2 weeks of battling this thing and getting soaked each time, I returned it and bought a galvanized watered. They may rust after a while, but at least I'll stay dry. My suggestion to the manufacturer--use the same design as the galvanized waterers and make them in plastic.
"heated poultry fount"
This is a very poorly designed waterer. It will keep the water from freezing. However, it will not keep you from freezing after you are soaked trying to flip it over after filling it. I plan on selling mine on Craigslist and getting a heating pan to put under a regular fount. Do not buy this one. I promise you will be disappointed.
"worth the price"
I bought this waterer last fall due to the price! I did have to make a wooden base to level the floor of the coop, but I woud have had to do that with any waterer. To fill this waterer you turn it upside down and unscrew the red base. It fills in seconds. It took a few tries to get use to lining up the tabs when putting the base on, but now I can do it without looking closely. Once the base is on - here is the tricky part and the part I had to get used to. I carry the waterer to the coop upside down so I don't get soaked, then quickly (and I mean quickly or you will get soaked) flip it right side up and put into the coop. You will get soaked the first time you do this unless you know to turn it quickly, but you can then plug it in and it works great. It takes a standard outdoor extension cord plug. It has a thermostat so it only comes on when the weather drops below freezing. I did not notice an increase in my electric bill while using this product and it worked fantastic all winter even in -20 degree weather. I've started my second winter with this and its still working great, better than expected. The only cons are you can get wet if not careful and I wish it was bigger and could hold 1 more gallon. Definitely worth the price!!
"Could be better"
I gave it 3 stars only because it does keep the water from freezing. Also, it automatically comes on at freezing temperatures saving you from having to run it constantly or turn it on and off as the weather dictates. That said, it is a poor design as others have said. It has to be perfectly level to keep the water from flowing over, but I've yet to see a poultry waterer that doesn't. The bottom fill feature is a pain. You have to be very skillful to fill this waterer from the bottom and then flip it over without soaking yourself on a frigid morning. A top fill design would have been much better. Also, after one winter of use, I believe the rubber plug on the bottom is already starting to leak. Also, the plug is recessed making it impossible to attach to a normal extension cord socket unless you have attached a plug adapter.
"heated poultry fount "
plastic heated poultry fount made by farm innovators,inc.model:hpt-100 is very poorly made of very thin plastic and not practical at all,product overflows all the time,is wet around plug base,top handle will not hold the 3-gallon of water required when full & are a fire hazard . I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS 'MADE IN CHINA' HEATED POULTRY FOUNT HPF-100 UNLESS YOU WANT TO BURN YOUR BARN OR CHICKEN COOP ALONG WITH THE ANIMALS TO THE GROUND.
"Misses the mark!"
This product is of poor quality. You must fill it from the bottom through a small plug hole. When uprighted the water fills to the top of the lip and it easily spills onto the floor. If you try to fill it from the top the the plastic bowl becomes out of round and will not screw back into the base. Overall poor design followed by poor quality.
Very poor design and cheaply made.Very hard to fill without spilling lots of water as the bottom came loose often. Water poured into the base plug in that was surprisingly minus a cord. When I plugged this unit in it shocked my birds! Called Farm Innovators and they said no complaints that was 2 days ago, today I noticed one company selling a new improved model with a CORD Attached and different base!! Obviously they knew of the problems and just brushed me off.