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Hi,
I've seen a couple pics of PVC pipe feeders on the site. they seem to be large diameter, like 3". So I have sourced some 3" pipe, and a few 90 degree elbows.

I guess I just wanted to know who has made them and if they are happy with the design. What are the advantages/disadvantages?

I currently use a 5 gal bucket feeder that is demonstrated on the BYC how-to pages. I think the disadvantage of that is that the hens knock out a lot of feed, even though it is elevated.

If you could recall some of your pics and post them in this thread, that would be helpful.

thanks!

dave

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- Dave
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Front Yard Chickening with: 1 black sex-link (Rosco), 1 light Brahma hen (Basil), 1 Buff Orpington (Ginny), and 3 buff orp chicks, and 3 ameracauna chicks.
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http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h49/ClutchHutch/Blue%20Orpington%20Pen/DCP_1149.jpg

Hope you can see it well enough. I think it's the only picture I have of it currently.

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post #3 of 126

I used 4".
3" would work just fine also.
I love mine. They can eat for 4-5 days out of it, and also they cant drag it out and make a mess.

Mine looks just like Speckledhens.


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post #4 of 126

I'm pleased with mine- 4" pipe, screw-on top.

Instructions here...

http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=7693-diy-hopper-feeder

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post #5 of 126

Mine works terrible. I am not sure what I did wrong but I fill it up and the feed gets eaten in the trough but never refills from the upright pipe so I have to shake it constantly to get it to come down. Probably because my trough is very long (?) but I have 40 birds in that coop and was hoping they could all eat at once but it just didn't work for me. Maybe yours will work better.

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post #6 of 126

Nadine, if you remove the bottom pipe that is parallel to the floor and replace it with a 60 degree elbow the flow will correct itself...wink
Or, increase the length of the upright pipe to create more pressue in the feed...cool

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post #7 of 126
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Originally Posted by LynneP 

Nadine, if you remove the bottom pipe that is parallel to the floor and replace it with a 60 degree elbow the flow will correct itself...wink
Or, increase the length of the upright pipe to create more pressue in the feed...cool


I don't really understand this implementation of a 60 degree elbow. Do you mean, in addition to the 90 degree? Which way is the 60 degree angle pointing?

Thanks

- Dave
Eugene, Oregon
Front Yard Chickening with: 1 black sex-link (Rosco), 1 light Brahma hen (Basil), 1 Buff Orpington (Ginny), and 3 buff orp chicks, and 3 ameracauna chicks.
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Originally Posted by LynneP 

Nadine, if you remove the bottom pipe that is parallel to the floor and replace it with a 60 degree elbow the flow will correct itself...wink
Or, increase the length of the upright pipe to create more pressue in the feed...cool


I don't really understand this implementation of a 60 degree elbow. Do you mean, in addition to the 90 degree? Which way is the 60 degree angle pointing?

Thanks


I believe they mean replacing the 90 with the 60.  Myself I would use a 45.  If you don't want to replace angles just remove your set up from the wall and re hang it so the trough is at a downward angle.

We are currently using 2 inch PVC pipe that constantly binds up unless the bottom pipe (the part they eat out of) is at a 45 degree or steeper angle.

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post #9 of 126

I agree with Tori that a 60 or a 45 would work.  You want the end piece to hold the feed but not to allow too much spillage.  I got the idea for mine from Tori, actually!wink

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post #10 of 126

Do/Have any of you used this feeder for ducks? and can you have the pipe run through the roof of your coop/tractor so you can fill from the outside? I love it, and am now thinking of installing one for ease in my small/medium duck house i'm building.

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