Product Review: Heated Water Bowl
A great heated water bowl for dogs or Guinea fowl
Despite living in one of the coldest areas of the United States, we've always steered clear of owning a heated water bowl. Our thinking was simply this: a heated water bowl use electricity, which enlarges our carbon footprint. Since changing the water when it freezes only requires labor, changing the water trumped using a heated water bowl. As I said, that "was" our thinking.
This past fall my wife and I again discussed using a heated water bowl for the dogs. Our discussion revealed some things our previous discussions had not. First of all, when we fill the water buckets for the dogs, which happens as many as 4 times per day during the hardest winter months, we use electricity to run the water pump. More importantly, we must throw away the ice that is in the water buckets so that we can fill them with fresh, unfrozen water. That's a waste of water. So the search for an acceptable heated water bowl began.
As we searched the internet for the perfect heated water bowl, we decided we should look for a heated water bowl that would also work for our flock of pearl gray Guinea fowl. We have a flock of over 40 Guinea fowl, and their 4-gallon waterer must be changed out twice daily all through the winter. Deciding to get the Guinea fowl their own heated water bowl changed the criteria of what we wanted.
If you are looking for a heated water bowl on the internet, you'll find myriad models to choose from. In fact, there are so many options when searching for a heated water bowl that it pays to have a set of criteria printed out to help wade through all the models available. Here is our criteria list:
- It should not use much electricity.
- It must hold enough water to satisfy the needs of our two large dogs for a day.
- It must hold enough water to satisfy the needs of our flock of pearl gray Guinea fowl.
- It must have a long enough cord that it doesn't require an extension cord to reach the nearest outlet: in our case, 5'.
- It must have a cord that is protected against dog bites and bird pecks.
- It must be solid enough on the ground to withstand several Guinea fowl sitting on the edge as they drink.
- The lip of the bowl must be wide enough to accommodate Guinea fowl perching on it to drink.
After considerable research on the internet, we found what we thought would be the best heated water bowl for our intended applications. The name of the product was simply "Heated Water Bowl." And of all places to find it, we located it at Cabella's.
If you click here, you'll be directed to the Cabella's link for this heated water bowl. Here's what Cabella's has in their catalog about this heated water bowl: A hidden, U.L.-approved heating element keeps water above the freezing point and costs only pennies a day to run (Draws less power than a 30-watt light bulb). The 1-1/2 gallon bowl is constructed of high-density, weather-proof polyethylene. A special gnaw-proof wrap prevents your dog from damaging the cord and the non-tip design keeps him from knocking it over. Imported.
We've been using two of the above heated water bowls for over a month now, and in temperatures that have gotten down to almost -30°F. We are very pleased with their performance for both the dogs and the Guinea fowl. We have also been quickly spoiled by not having to brave the frigid temperatures to fill waterers during the day.
This is the dog's heated water bowl. This photograph was taken the morning after a night of light snowing and frigid temperatures. Snow and ice have accumulated around the upper lip, but the water stays unfrozen. This is quite impressive performance, especially considering that this heated water bowl is not only out in the elements, but it is raised off the ground – thus allowing the cold air to circulate under it.
Here is a closer shot of the dog's heated water bowl. This bowl has not been filled since the previous morning. What makes the water line look jagged is the reflections of the snow and ice around the rim – coupled with my poor photographer's skills.
This is a photograph of the heated water bowl in the Guinea fowl coop. Since this unit is inside, it has no snow and ice on the lip. The coop thermometer read 5°F when we took this photograph. The water is all unfrozen.
This photograph shows the heated water bowl inside the Guinea fowl coop. In the background is the feeder. We're quite impressed – and somewhat shocked – that the Guinea fowl have managed to keep the water so clean: free of feathers and manure.