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55 gallon Water nipple system + Gravity fed Feeding tube...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by timp123, May 9, 2011.

  1. timp123

    timp123 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, this past weekend I finally built & installed my home brew gravity feeder, built using 4" PVC pipe. Mounted to the outside of the coop. I'm thinking it holds around 10+ pounds of feed, but the biggest plus, is that is filled from outside the coop. No longer having to deal with them rushing the door, cause they know I'm coming [​IMG]

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    I installed about a month ago, a 55 Gallon rain barrel that drains to a 4 ft 2" pvc pipe with 6 water nipples. That, was an awesome investment! No more poo and straw and clean fresh water for them, every time!

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    Few more things here & there that I want to do... we've got 2 Roos & 16 Hens... all seem to be pretty happy!
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2011
  2. CO-OP_COOP

    CO-OP_COOP Out Of The Brooder

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    would like to see your pics..
     
  3. bockbock2008

    bockbock2008 Why do they call me crazy??

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    Southwest Indiana
    Quote:X2 [​IMG]
     
  4. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    me too [​IMG]
     
  5. 39ranger

    39ranger New Egg

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    me 2
     
  6. timp123

    timp123 Out Of The Brooder

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    Pictures added... will have to take more of the inside, so you can see the gravity feeder... love that thing! So simple but it's making life, SO Much easier!

    It's also time to Paint the Coop... I've got a theme in mind [​IMG] Will have to see how it goes. Hope to get started on it soon.
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2011
  7. Myabcs3

    Myabcs3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been wanting to do the rain barrel and nipple system. How is it working? Does your flock like it?
     
  8. AndersonFolk

    AndersonFolk Out Of The Brooder

    How does the nipples work, do they just grab them or does it drop water to the ground / pale?
     
  9. chick-george

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    I would really love to see the bottom end of the feeder if you have a picture.[​IMG]
     
  10. timp123

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    Quote:It took them maybe 15 mins to figure it out.. with the red nipples on a white pvc pipe.. I figured it would take them long to peck at it.. once I installed it & turned the water on from the barrel.. I just tapped the nipples with my finger to get their attention, plus they saw the water drop.. now mine actually don't leak, drip at all.. so I guess I got the water pressure correct. (I've heard some complain about leaking)... once 1 pecked at it.. of course all the others wanted what she had.. no matter what it was.. so they all followed. I took the water bucket out.. and it's nice to know they are getting poo & straw free water!

    When they peck at the stim on the nipple it releases water.. they drink from it all the time..
     

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