Cold weather is something you want to be ready for before it gets here and not struggling to get what you need when you’re in the middle of it. A few winters ago we were facing our first cold weather blast while raising rabbits and we weren’t ready. It was below freezing out and the standard cheap water bottles we were using were freezing solid in no time at all. My wife and I both work full time jobs so we couldn’t be there to constantly be changing out or thawing out water bottles so we purchased these Farm Innovators Heated Water Bottles and we’ve never regretted it.
The Farm Innovators Model HRB-20 Heated Water Bottle for Rabbits, 32-Ounce, 20-Watt are thermostat controlled so they only kick on and warm the water when it’s below thirty five degrees which saves a lot of unnecessary use of electricity. Something else I really like about these bottles is you don’t have to remove them to fill them up. We just take a pitcher of water out and top them all off, this is much quicker although you should remove them occasionally and wash them.
I do want to make you aware of using these water bottles, the directions say not to use an extension cord with them but as you can see the cord is not very long so we had to use an extension cord. At first we plugged them into a standard 18 gauge cord and they wouldn’t get hot enough to keep the water from freezing so we had to use some heavy duty shorter extension cords to plug them into and now they work great.
Here is a review video I did a couple years ago when I first got them in the middle of a cold winter. I’m a little embarrassed by the horrible little rabbit colony setup I had in my garage at the time but it was my first year raising meat rabbits and I had a lot to learn.