Freeze-Guard³ Poultry Drinker™
Patented 3D Printed Freeze Resistant Poultry Drinker
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|Provides Freeze Resistance in the 0°F to 32°F Range
For use with heated water. Cannot 100% stop water from freezing.
|Water freezes (duh) and in freezing conditions, standard poultry nipples can freeze even if you heat the water. Our Version 3 Freeze Guard Poultry Nipple design has 3 distinct features that help it to not freeze so easily. (1) no water is stored in the body of the device so there is nothing to freeze (2) a copper drink pin extends into heated water to conduct heat and keep water flowing, and (3) the shape of the outer body provides a windbreak for wind-freeze protection. Sold at a reduced price when part of a coop package or bought with an accessory waterer.|
|For use with adult chickens only. Please read the Main Description section carefully below for limitations and expectations.|
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 as well as a spare red body.
- Main Description
3D Printed Poultry Nipple (Ver 3)
Here’s what you need to know…
- Our version III is 3D Printed from Color Impregnated Glass Infused Nylon. It is highly weatherable, has good UV-stability, and is freeze and waterproof.
- The drink pin is precision machined from high-grade copper for maximum heat conductivity.
- The grommet is made from a high-grade butyl rubber rated for -75° to +250° F temperatures and the O-Ring from Viton synthetic rubber. They will wear out every three years or so though.
- 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, customers overwhelmingly reported freeze resistance down to 0°F but below that, we began to see failures. We made some improvements to Version 3. Your expectation should be that in limited winds, water will flow down to around 0°F but would freeze sub-zero and in the wind chill. We think that it would provide 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 the heater you install affects performance.
- 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 a 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 lubricants to help seat the grommet after installation by rotating it.
- We do not recommend the use of this product for juvenile & or bantam small breeds as they will have problems pecking hard enough to cause flow.
- Like all poultry nipples… this nipple will leak if dirt and grit are allowed to accumulate around the o-ring seal. Simply rinse out and clean your waterer and it is our experience that the problem will go away.
- It is normal for a poultry nipple to drip “some”. Some is a relative word. If it is dripping too much, it probably is fouled with grit or the o-ring has reached the end of its service life.
- In Version 3 we increased the spring tension to combat dripping. If you don’t think your chickens are getting enough water, you can compress the spring by depressing it completely with your thumb bottoming it out a half dozen times or so. The balance is tight enough not to drip, and loose enough to deliver water. All poultry nipples drip. But if its too excessive, it will begin to build up ice and eventually freeze closed.
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.
Please read these instructions to install your Freeze Guard³ Poultry Nipple. It takes a decent amount of hand strength and about 10 minutes.Handyman Hotline: If at anytime you (or your handyman) needs support that the instructions don't answer, just call us. You can even have your handyman call us in advance so that when they show up to assemble your coop they're already up to speed. 877-741-2667 Hi-Res 858 KB Adobe .PDF File V2 Updated October 2020
(If you’re retrofitting your waterer, you must first drill a 5/8 hole and install black rubber grommet)
- Our 4" Water Tube Heating Instructions
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, 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. Submersible fish tank-style heater: https://a.co/d/9HEHUSD Cord Cover: Weatherproof Cord Cover like this one at Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Farm-Innovators-CC-2-Connect-Water-Tight/dp/B002MHFXS8/ref=pd_bxgy_lg_img_y 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 2" Water Tube Heating Instructions
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 Version²
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.
Spring Adjustment Video