Freeze-Guard² Poultry Drinker™
Patent Pending 3D Printed No Freeze Poultry Drinker
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|Reliably Provides Freeze Resistance in the 0°F to 32°F Range
For use with water heater.
|In extreme cold conditions, standard poultry nipples can freeze even if you heat the water. Our patent pending version 2 design has 3 distinct features to help make this poultry Drinker not freeze. (1) no water is stored in the body of the device so there is nothing to freeze (2) copper drink pin extends into heated water to conduct heat, and (3) the shape of the outer Drinker provides a wind break for wind-freeze protection. Sold at a reduced price when part of a coop package or bought with an accessory waterer.|
|Please read Product Details section carefully below for limitations.|
Photo’s show various angles and parts for illustration only. Can be disassembled to clean. You will receive one complete Nipple assembly per unit ordered.
- Main Description
3D Printed Poultry Nipple (Ver 2)
Here’s what you need to know…
- Our version II is 3D Printed from Color Impregnated Glass Infused Nylon. It is highly weatherable, has good UV-stability and is freeze and water proof.
- The drink pin is precision machined from high grade copper for maximum heat conductivity.
- The grommet and the o-ring are made from a high grade butyl rubber rated for -75° to +250° F temperatures.
- We tested Drinker through 100°F Texas Summers to confirm adequate water delivery to layer hens and had no problems. We have not tested with broilers.
- We freeze tested Drinker with our heated Drinker in a 0° Freezer and it worked. No wind chill. In the 2018 / 2019 winter season, customer overwhelmingly reported freeze resistance down to 0°F but below that, we began to see failures. Your expectation should be that in limited winds, water will flow down to around 0°F but would freeze sub zero and in wind chill. We think that it would provide a convenience in the 0°F to 32°F range but not stand much of a chance in sub zero. A heated livestock bowl or heated dog bowl might go lower. The wattage of heater you install effects performance as well.
- It is best to buy this Drinker at the time of coop purchase or at the time of an accessory waterer purchase. The grommet that the Drinker uses requires an 5/8 hole which is bigger than the hole that comes in our standard waterer for a standard poultry nipple.
- If you are going to retrofit one of our existing waterers that you own you will have to carefully bore out your existing nipple hole to 5/8 and make sure it has clean edges before installing this product. You can be a little off, but not much. Use silicone lubricant or other lubricant to help seat the grommet after installation by rotating it.
- There’s no going back. Once the hole is drilled out, you’re married to this larger diameter Drinker.
Does not heat water. This only addresses the nipple freezing issues common in all industry standard poultry nipples in 0°F to 32°F conditions. It will begin to not work in sub zero or sub zero wind chill conditions.
Download Installation Instructions…
(If you’re retrofitting your waterer, you must first drill a 5/8 hole and install black rubber grommet)
- Our 4" Waterer Heating
Instructions For Freeze-Proofing 4″ Waterers…
Coop waterers are shipped with a slotted cap that allows air in as the water goes down. In addition to the slotted cap that we include with the 4" EZ-Fill waterers, you need a heater and we recommend a cord cover. We don't sell them as they're available online in many places Water Heater: A submersible fish tank style heater bought at Amazon like this one or elsewhere seems to work best. HEATERS MUST HAVE A THERMOSTAT AND BE DESIGNED TO BE FULLY SUBMERSIBLE. Immersion style coffee and soup heaters will not work. Cord Cover: Weatherproof Cord Cover like this one at Amazon. Note: Wattage will depend on how cold it gets where you live. Generally something 50-100 watts will work in most locations. If you have questions, just contact us and we will share with you what we've learned from 100's of customers. We make the slot big enough to allow a cord of an immersible heater to go through too. Poultry Nipples: Keeping the water from freezing is half of the battle. The nipple can freeze too if exposed to direct sub-zero wind chill. Reports are actually best for the submersible fish tank style heaters. Presumably, it keeps the body of water in the tank warmer. We also now sell a No Freeze 3D Printed Poultry Nipple that you may want to consider as an optional upgrade if you live somewhere cold.
- Our Mobile Waterer Heating
Instructions For Freeze-Proofing Mobile Waterers…
Guidance: Using a thermostatically controlled pipe heater wrap in conjunction with some 2″ foam pipe wrap tape, you can keep the water flowing even in the winter-time. Flip your coop up on its side, wrap and run the cord out the waterer entry hole on the side of the coop. Read instructions carefully. We've tested with a longer section than the instructions call for. I would suggest using as little wattage as needed to keep water from freezing in your locale. The waterer is about 4 feet long inside the coop which is between the 3 and 6 foot models. Pipe wrap is a must. A cord cover where your cord joins is a good idea as is using a GFI protected outlet. Cord Cover: Weatherproof Cord Cover like this one at Amazon. Poultry Nipples: Keeping the water from freezing is half of the battle. The nipple can freeze too if exposed to direct sub-zero wind chill. Reports are actually best for the submersible fish tank style heaters. Presumably, it keeps the body of water in the tank warmer. We also now sell a No Freeze 3D Printed Poultry Nipple that you may want to consider as an optional upgrade if you live somewhere cold.
- Spring Adjustment
Procedure For Adjusting Spring…
If the spring becomes too compressed the unit will can drip too much. If it is extended too much, its difficult for the birds to access water freely. Use this video (no narration) as a guide for adjusting the spring… correct length is exactly to the bottom edge of the o-ring groove. Also, if you have issues with dripping, make sure the plastic area on top of unit is clean and free of any burrs that would interfere with the o-ring seating tightly.
Please note: Only push the pin in far enough to slip the o-ring on when reassembling or you will just be re-compressing the spring too much.