I love it! Valley Vet shipped it the day I ordered it and it was here (from Kansas) in two days.
The bottom seems to have a heating coil in it and the lower half of the bucket is thicker then the top half, so it must have heating coils or strips in it as well.
At first I thought it was broken since it didn't do anything (our temps were in the 40's) but I have found out it only heats when needed. This morning the bucket was steaming slightly in the cold and the water stays cool to lukewarm when the temps are around freezing. In the deep cold the water is actually warm.
Isabelle is drinking a lot more and production is just a hair under 2 gallons now.
Missing my Isabelle, cow of my heart
28 January 1998 to 4 May 2015
Good news about your bucket. Mine has not yet arrived, but maybe today. You have answered one doubt I had. I wondered what the heating coil does in case the bucket is empty. From what you say it turns off.
My heated bucket arrived and is installed. I wrote about it in Heifer Diary. Helen took to it at once. With Sammy sharing, I expect to have to top it up more than once a day. 16 gallons is about right for a Jersey, considering it is warmed to about 55F. I was having trouble keeping ice out of the former set-up which I think was a deterrant to her drinking as much.
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
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