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DIY Chicken Feeder PVC - How long does it last?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SilkieSilkie, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. SilkieSilkie

    SilkieSilkie Out Of The Brooder

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    Regarding these DIY Chicken Feeder PVC Pipes, How long does it last?

    I will mostly like build one similar to the picture below. The reason why I asked is because I just received a job position that is 100 miles north in the city. The pay is awesome roughly about $5,000 a month [​IMG] I'm starting next week!!! I was on vacation the past year so looking forward to getting back in the work force!

    My concern is since I will be not home for a week, I will be staying in a small house weekly and returning to my home 100 miles away on the weekend only. I need to devise a feeder type system for my chickens and a water system as well that will last 5 days of no human interaction. We'll maybe if I can get a friend to go over to my house and feed it once a week maybe mid week on Wednesday.

    I have a week to figure out a way to make such device to keep them fed for a week if worst come to worst.

    How long will these setup last?

    Let's say, it's 4'' in diameter pipe, and I would like 4' feet tall. Let's say I would be using 5 or 6 of them just like in the picture. [​IMG]
     
  2. Papas Chickens

    Papas Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That would be fine for there food, my worry would be having fresh water daily for them. Maybe a 20 or 30 gallon barrel with chicken nipples two inches from the bottom, make sure the barrel is covered and in a cool area. [​IMG]
     
  3. SilkieSilkie

    SilkieSilkie Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome! Water wise, I've started to rig up a water jug that holds 4 gallons of water. I've actually will be having two water jug so a total of 8 gallons of water. It will have water nipples on it as well. I wanted to use two 4 gallons of water jug to be on the safe side. Both water jugs will be opposite of each installed in a shaded area. I only have 5 chickens ranging from 1.5 to 2 months old. They will be kept in the Coop and have access to the Run. Other than that they won't be able to get out and eat the lust green grass until I get home on the weekends only to feed them some grass.

    8 gallons of water should be enough for 5 chickens for a week?

    If not I can install additional two more somewhere else in the Run.
     
  4. Papas Chickens

    Papas Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It all depends how hot it is were you live, I live in Arizona and i use two eight gallon water containers and i have to refill them every day, but i also have 45 chickens and 5 Guinea Keeets. I would add a couple more, i would rather be safe then sorry. [​IMG]
     
  5. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

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    I use 5 gallon buckets for feeders. I buy metal pans at TSC that are about 6 inches wider than the bucket, drill a centered hole through the bottom of both and bolt the pan to the bottom of the bucket. Drill or cut some appropriate sized holes in the bucket (before I bold them together). Hang the bucket from it's handle and fill with feed. Very cheap and easy, if it might get eaten in 5 days, add another one.

    If I put a lid on the buckets it keep the chickens from getting down inside, but makes it a more attractive roosting area.

    PS - congrats on the new job !!
     
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2014

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