Best feeder style for meaties?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by growinupinfl, May 13, 2011.

  1. growinupinfl

    growinupinfl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok how do we best feed meaties? I did have a 4" PVC pipe cut in half that provided two feeders 4 feet long that they now empty almost immediately. They have slowed gaining weight because I can't keep up with feeding them every 15 minutes.. any ideas or help on something easy and quick I can put together for meaties?
     
  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would make some bigger PVC ones. That is just about all I use now. When the chicks are young, I use a 3-4 inch, then when they get bigger, I use a 6". I don't cut mine completly in half. A piece of 6" PVC 5' long will hold over 20 pounds of feed. I have a tractor with 80 birds in it, using a total of 9'(1 that is 4' and the other 5') of 6" PVC, I can put in enough feed for a whole day.
     
  3. growinupinfl

    growinupinfl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a 6". I don't cut mine completly in half. A piece of 6" PVC 5' long will hold over 20 pounds of feed. I have a tractor with 80 birds in it, using a total of 9'(1 that is 4' and the other 5') of 6" PVC, I can put in enough feed for a whole day.

    Can you post pics of how you cut them, if you don't cut them completely in half. I would be really interested in seeing that.​
     
  4. fair weather chicken

    fair weather chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    we use plastic rain gutter. cut to about 5 foot. then we put a piece of 1by and screw them to it. and put a handle to take out of the tractor.
     
  5. FeedYourself

    FeedYourself Out Of The Brooder

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    metal raingutter is what I use, the handle/spinner is 3/4'' conduit.
     
  6. KaneMoa

    KaneMoa Out Of The Brooder

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    We always use hanging feeders. Much cleaner and some hold 30 lbs of feed or more. Even the homemade style with a five gallon bucket and pan work great. We have 200 meaties with 8, thirty pound feeders and they last forever. We only fill em half way and id say they last more than a week. We also allow free range.
     
  7. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

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    Holds 25# of feed for 30 birds. From week 3 to week 6 they will go through about a half bucket per day (12 hour feed cycle) slowly increasing usage until weeks 7 and on when they'll empty it in 12 hours. Cheap, easy to build, pretty much indestructable.
     
  8. okdfarms

    okdfarms Out Of The Brooder

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    dumb question, but what is that piece of metal thing that you used on the bottom?
     
  9. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bookmarking to show DH Later.... !
     
  10. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Can you post pics of how you cut them, if you don't cut them completely in half. I would be really interested in seeing that.

    Here is the best pic I have of them on my computer:

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    I just made another one this weekend and made the feed opening a little narrower. Seems to work well.
     

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