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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bennyl, Sep 8, 2014.
howdy guys, show me some of your home made feeders cheers
I use PVC tube feeders and love them..no more wasted feed:
I have 12 birds in a fully enclosed coop and 14x14 secured run.
Mind you, the flock spends their waking time, and eats, 90% outdoors, in their run.
I feed them fermented feed whenever possible...
I built this mostly for peace of mind, and as a backup.
Three stations, 3" PVC pipes with Y fitting. Concrete 16" paver block for nail and beak maintenance. It is sitting on 2 8" cinder blocks, I use deep litter.
Middle station is for feed. Picture shows the reserve, a 5 gallon reused water bottle with the funnel, a cutoff of another 5 gallon water bottle for extra reserve. It will easily hold 30+ pounds. It probably will last well over 2 months, if used exclusively. This reserve empties straight down into the middle feeder.
Above shows the 3 stations. Far left holds Grit, middle holds Feed, far right holds Crushed Oyster shells. Far left and right are capped. 2 foot pipe probably holds over a years supply of grit and oyster shell.
Another picture of the feed reserve, I'm pretty sure I put close to 40 pounds in there.
The reserve just sits in place, no nails or glue.
Everything can come apart easily if needed.
Posted to another query:
My understanding is that rats/mice are everywhere.
They will congregate and breed where there is available food water, and shelter.
Look closely around any fast food restaurant and you will see rat bait stations.
They will eventually come, the idea is to prevent them from establishing a colony.
If you see 1, there are probably fifty.
If you see two or more holes, expect dozens.
Keeping a rat trap/bait station baited 24/7 hopefully keeps the population from establishing near your food source. Once established, they are very difficult to eliminate.
Remember, chickens don't attract rats, food does.
That said, I fabricated black 6 inch circular x 18" long drainage plastic pipe as a bait station.
Placed along the outside of my coop, looks like drainage pipe (not unsightly).
I put a t fitting in the center, capped, for easy viewing once a week.
Inside I maintain commercial rat poison.
My run has food scraps 24/7.
My coop has food access 24/7.
Water access 24/7.
5 years, no sign of rats or mice...
Hope this helps.
My wife and I have looked into PVC (easy to make, but still messy in our opinion after trying one type), Poultry nipples, Plastic, and we still use the good ol' metal poultry feeders. I put some chicken wire inside the feed container, and there is no more spillage what so ever. I love it. The girls can no longer scrape backwards with there beaks pulling food out. They did this with our pvc feeder. Every day we would fill it, by that night, there would be half of the tube on the coop floor....... No more.
I have a few tractor coops and built a trough type feeder in the floor.
Opens up top
Hold over 50lbs of feed.
Used 3 inch 90's mounted on all four sides. Holds a 50# sack of feed and works flawlessly
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Love the two Y system- the pipe is 4" and about 4.5 feet tall. The feeder hole is 3". The added cap prevents the girls from flinging any feed at all- zero waste! I added a flag outside the pipe/ disk inside, to let me know when the feed is low. It works great and is cute but not necessary as I'm out checking on the girls all the time ...