So I'm not playing Devil's Advocate here or anything, just really curious. My wife and I got our flock of 12 about 5 weeks ago, and we were blessed with a coop already on out property. It needs some love, but it'll do for now. My questions are about feeders and waterers. It essentially boils down to this: why would I make my own feeder and waterer if I could buy one for cheaper?
I went to the hardware store yesterday to price some PVC piping and such, and I was surprised to find that it isn't that cheap. If I can find a commercial setup for a decent price online or something like that, shouldn't I just buy that one? Or is there some inherent disadvantage to those that I don't know about since this is my first flock? I just don't want to make a costly mistake. Any and all help would be appreciated!
By the way, we aren't using pelletized feed, it's that organic stuff that leaves that powder behind that people can ferment...if that needs to be factored into the equation.