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

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

  1. mat2dong

    mat2dong Songster

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    I love this one:) Thanks!!
     
  2. mat2dong

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    Good job:) One thing, this may not work vary good unless you have air being able to get into the bottle. Other wise the water will not come out. The bottom works great for me and I can control the air flow but loosening the cap:)
     
  3. danroberts

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    Just wandering if there have been many that have had troubles with the chickens scooping the feed out of the feeder? After starting out with a similar style ( we just did holes instead of the cutout rectangle, we were not seeing the feed fill the pipe (I think it was too wide a lower horizontal tube). see pics below.
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    Since then I have tried to slightly different style of PVC feeder with the 90 and 45 degree connections (see below) and liked the results until the chickens decided to scoop out the feed all over the pen. We burned through a 40 pound bag of feed in about a week with 11 chickens.
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    I have noticed that on some other discussions there have been suggestions to raise them up to back height.

    I apologize if this has already been addressed in later posts- I just don't have the time to read through the 25 pages of conversations.
    Any suggestions?
     
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  4. mat2dong

    mat2dong Songster

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    LOL!! It will make him happy to have more projects:) I agree this discussion has gotten out of hand!! Ha ha ha!!
     
  5. mat2dong

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    I would agree that bring it up higher should help for sure:) Look how they scoop it out. They can't scoop it out as easy if it is higher!

    Hope that helps!
     
  6. BY Chicken Lady

    BY Chicken Lady Songster

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    Yes Matt,

    I forgot to mention that i poked a tiny hole in the bottom if the bottle. Then I just put my finger over it when refilling..
     
  7. danroberts

    danroberts Chirping

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    Thanks- I have raised it to about a foot off the ground. We will see if it helps. I was not able to test it today as I was buying more feed and didn't get home before they were in the coop for the night.[​IMG]
     
  8. mat2dong

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    I like it:)
     
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  9. mat2dong

    mat2dong Songster

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    Well, update us when you can:)
     
  10. appps

    appps Crowing

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    Do you think that applies to those ball bearing type ones that guinea pigs use that you screw on an old drink bottle?

    Have one for my odd beaked hen but I was wondering if it was letting enough out.
     

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