Last fall I purchased eight new heated water bases to be used under galvanized waterers in order to keep my water from freezing in the chicken coop. I began to notice that the water was alway spilling over and making a wet mess of the pine shaving bedding. This seemed strange because the water never overflowed in the summer. I ended up buying pizza trays to place under the metal waterers. This was successful but the pizza trays had to be drained off every day which was extra work.
Then I began to notice that the water was beginning to become very warm – hot even. I could see the steam cloud raising up from the waterer when ever I changed out the water. I put my finger in the water and it was like very hot bath water. I figured that the water was around 100 degrees F. The water should have been between 32 F and and 45 F.
Chickens do not like to drink hot water. They wouldn’t wait until I changed out the water and then they would descend on the cooler water. There wasn’t an empty spot all the way around the waterer when the cool water was added to it.
I did a little research and read some reviews of the product. I noticed that quite a few people were having the exact same problem that I was having – overheated water and water expanding and spilling out.
Dennis troubleshooted the situation and found that the snap disc thermostat was defective which was causing the base to operate at too high of temperature. He purchased new snap disc thermostats that turn on at 32 F and off at 45 F. You actually can buy the thermostats at different temperatures but these are the correct ones for the water bases.
Here are the steps for replacing the thermostats:
- Flip the Heated base over.
- Us a cordless drill to drill out the pop rivets holding the back plate on. Be sure to mark the placement because we found the holes to be an uneven distance from each other.
- Pry off the back cover with something like a screw driver.
- . Unplug the connections to the thermostat.
- Remove the rivets to the thermostat with a cordless drill.
- Take out the old thermostat and replace it with the new one. Ours had a red casing.
- Fasten the new thermostat with new pop rivets using a pop rivet gun.
- Connect the wires back up to the new thermostat.
- Using aluminum pop rivets, fasten the protective back cover on the pan. Use the pop rivet gun to do this.
- The little pop rivets go in each hole on the back side.
- End of repair. I originally purchased two different brands of heated bases. The Farm Innovators we purchased worked great and we did not have to repair them. The other brand had to have all of its thermostats replaced. All appliances wear out sooner or later. It’s nice to be able to repair instead of having to replace. For more tips and tricks for raising outstanding silkies check out our weekly blog at VJPPoultry.com and Silkie Supplies for all of your basic silkie needs. Victoria Peterson