We came up with an idea to heat the water bowls using low voltage making it safe. My son and I wired up a transformer, added the components to a metal water bowl and set it out side one January night in 2004. It was so primitive I only had a pail to cover the transformer from the elements. It was a cold night...at least -10 Celsius and behold the water was not frozen! I couldn't believe it.
From that early experiment, the following fall I set up all my cages (50) wiring up all the water bowls and installing the transformers. That first winter (2004-2005) I experimented with different types of bowls (plastic & metal) , different sizes and different amounts of power to the bowl to find the best working arrangement.
|Cage showing a Tursaco Heated Water Bowl|
By the winter of 2005 -2006 I had it working very well. Seldom does the water freeze. The average temperature in my area in January/February is -10 Celsius and the bowls don't start freezing till -15.
I have used this system for heating water bowls for my rabbits every year now since 2005 and it saves me a lot of hassle, pain and frustration. I enjoy looking after my rabbits in the winter!
|Another example of a Tursaco Heated Water Bowl|