****** DIY chicken feeder pipe! ******

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mat2dong, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. mat2dong

    mat2dong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh cool!!! It look like that joint was the problem I just wasn't sure because the picture:) I'm just happy it's fixed my friend!

    And nice opportunity to sneak in that egg;)


    Anyone else need help?????
     
  2. johnmw1

    johnmw1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Congratulations Hawgon in solving your moisture problem and also your first Serrama egg from your hens.

    I still have 14 days to see what my broody hen is going to produce for me, she has a mixed dozen of speckled, silver, and light Sussex that she is currently sitting on.

    Cheers,
    John
     
  3. nakstk

    nakstk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made two of these last year out of 2 inch PVC just bought the 10ft piece and cut it down. I used a Dremel tool to cut the hole. I put oyster shell in one and grit in the other. They are big enough that I only have to refill them about every 2 to 3 months. They are small enough that I was able to mount them on the wall in the coop. They work great, it cost less then $15 and took about 45 minutes to make and install.
     
  4. Phottoman

    Phottoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just came across your post on BYC and followed the link there. I did this several months ago in one of my coops (I have two coops) with nine girls in the coop where I installed the feeder. I have to say it works GREAT. I wasn't aware that there was a 3" drain pipe when I built mine, I used 4" drain pipe and my numbers were extremely close to yours, but I bought a 12' piece of the pipe and intended to make a second feeder for the other coop (eight girls and a rooster). I realized today that I don't have the 90 degree elbow, nor the two caps, so the next time I go to town those are on my shopping list.

    I cut the 12' piece of pipe in half, then cut one piece into two pieces, one is 2 feet and the other four feet, then I cut two inch holes, and the girls dip their heads to get the feed. I think it works wonderfully, and I only have to refill it once a week with nine girls.

    I am still using the older type metal feeder with the ring around the bottom for the second coop, and today I noticed that it was empty (again) after only three days. DARN, all the neighborhood birds are getting into the coop and stealing the feed, so I guess it really IS time to go shopping and get that elbow and two caps, that's all I am lacking to finish this little project.

    One thing more. I had a really tough time getting the top cap off to refill the food, but then my better half said something about "sanding the interior of the cap to widen it," and I spent an hour sanding that bugger, but you know what ... it worked, easy peasy now to pull that cap off, and at night I just shine a flash light down to see the level of feed, I can see the feed through the thin walls of the 4" drain pipe.

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  5. Phottoman

    Phottoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    I forgot to mention that I replied to both the youtube videos, I liked your waterer, and made a suggestion about yours on your site.

    Thanks for getting this out to every one, you are a GREAT chicken lover for doing this.

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  6. mat2dong

    mat2dong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're cheap, compact, and they hold lots of feed! What could be better, right? LoL!!
     
  7. mat2dong

    mat2dong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like you got yourself a good wife there Skip! When I listen to my wife she actually has wisdom on things that I don't have wisdom on:)
     
  8. mat2dong

    mat2dong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The pleasure was all mine Skip! By the way, thanks for the encouragement my friend:)
     
  9. Phottoman

    Phottoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yeah, I have to agree. She's been a real trooper through out this whole thing. She is allergic to eggs, so she thought there would be problems with her and the chickens. She rarely goes out to the yard, she's afraid that something (anything) out there will make her have reactions, but she HAS been there with me through this.

    As a matter of fact, most often when I get home from work, instead of "honey, would you fix the __________?" more often I'll hear, "Oh, I fixed the ______."

    As far as getting near the chickens, she HAS come out a time or two when I have been doing something and brought the camera, and she smiles every time I come in with the egg basket and asks, "How many and what colors?" We have a couple of EE's and six Brahmas in one coop, and five Leghorns and four Austrolops in another coop. I added a white rooster to the mix a week ago, and let him decide which coop he wanted to 'join' after spending a month in confinement (bio-security) and he chose to be with the first coop of girls.

    We are getting a very colorful mix of light to dark brown, white and green eggs. And it's normal for a day to produce 12 to 15 eggs, even in this cooler weather. I raised all from day old chicks starting in late March with the first group and late May with the second group.

    I'll try to get pictures tomorrow (my day off) as I build and install the second feeder.

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  10. mat2dong

    mat2dong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah I got myself a good girl to:) Today we got our first chicken egg and it is the one that's going to be going back to the Lord! I teach my kids about giving a tithe to The Lord through what we get around our garden/little farm! They love it and so do I!

    Looking forward to seeing the photos of the feeders:)
     

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