Dual PVC Feeder - Internal/External - Will It Work?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JustStartin, Feb 20, 2014.

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  1. JustStartin

    JustStartin New Egg

    Jan 16, 2013
    East Central Minnesota
    Greetings! Long time reader (lurker), first time poster. There's no better single source of info on the web!

    15 Speckled Sussex being delivered in March from eFowl? Check.
    Chicken Coop construction underway? Check.
    All the details figured out? Nope.

    I've used a homemade PVC feeder in the backyard for years now. About a 4' section of 4" PVC going down to a 2" reducer, then to a 30 degree "Y" with a section of the top cut out. It feeds the squirrels, bear, deer, coons, etc. And knock on wood, but I've kind of perfected it after many botched designs. It works well. It only seems natural to bring a similar design in for the chickens.

    What I'm planning on is this:
    1. In the corner of the coop, have a similar 4-6" wide by ~4' tall PVC canister serving as the reservoir
    2. Reduced to 2" (extreme amount of waste otherwise)
    3. Going to a "Y" - one end of which will be "internal", the other plunging out the coop and going into the fenced chicken run. "Externally"
    4. I forgot to put it in the schematic, but I'll actually have the top have an external plunge access as well so you can fill the whole thing from outside without opening the door. But alas...

    What I'm wondering is this:
    1. What am I forgetting or overlooking? Frankly, it seems like a "duh" solution. But often those lead to easily overlooked problems down the road. Problems I'd like to avoid!
    2. Is there any real benefit to giving them essentially 24/7 access to feed?

    I'm not really worried about moisture, that'll be handled. I'm not overly concerned about it being an attractant for other predators either - that'll also be handled.

    Don't know of a smarter group - so - let me know your thoughts.

    Thank you!

  2. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2013
    Northern Wisconsin
    No 24/7feeding is not a bad thing I provide feed at all times as well. I would just make sure that the areas where the feed dumps out of your PVC and into the feeding area is large enough to allow plenty of your birds to eat at once otherwise you will have problems with the top of the pecking order not allowing the lesser birds to the food. This problem is not going to be as bad if you have 24/7 feed acess because the lesser birds will be able to eat after the others
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I would stop feeding wild critters if you're going to get chickens...
    ......you might even want to remove food from the coop at night .....
    .....just because those animals, most of which should now be called "predators", are used to coming to your house to eat....and everyone likes to eat chicken.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2014
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