Homemade pvc quail feeder - need help

Discussion in 'Quail' started by JayZay, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. JayZay

    JayZay In the Brooder

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    Hey everyone,
    I'm new to the forum and also new to quail. My wife and I are going to be obtaining some coturnix quail at the end of the month and so I have been building a quail hutch over the last couple weekends to house them once they are past the brooding stage.
    I have seen some homemade pvc feeders on the web and figured I'd have a go at making one myself, but I'm having issues with the feed building up and clogging at the "T". I'm wondering if I could get some input on this matter - Do I need to have a completely vertical pipe rather than a 45 before the "T", or perhaps a larger diameter and longer pipe used? (the pipe used is 2" diameter). The reason I have a 45 degree elbow before the "T" is to clear the metal roof which has some overhang.
    Thanks,
    -Jason
     

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    I haven't used one myself but I've noticed one of my friends has a homemade pipe feeder. They've made it a curved L shape.
    Hard to explain so I've drawn a terrible picture which probably won't help anymore lol

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  3. JayZay

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    Thanks for the idea! I'm now trying a design just like the one drawn and will update on how it goes.
    Cheers,
    -Jason
     
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  4. JayZay

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    So here's the updated version - seems to flow just fine! It probably helps that it is shorter in length and the feed doesn't have to travel as far. Will try connecting it to the hutch tomorrow for a final test.
     

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    Looks great!
     
  6. mdees88

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    I tried to build one similar to your first one but I had the same issue. The food never got past the first hole I cut so they could only feed one at a time. Looks like your second design should work a little better.

    I have a design that I've been using for a while now that works great. There is little to no wasted food. You can see it in post #1 and post #10 in this thread.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/diy-quail-cage-2-0.1231366/
     
  7. JayZay

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    Thanks for sharing the idea, that definitely looks like a sweet setup! I'll probably try this feeder out again and make sure it works now that it's attached to the hutch, but if not I'd consider trying a design like yours.
    Thanks
     
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    How is it working? I need to find a design that can enter through the side and not the top but still allow gravity to work. I love mdees design but it won't work for a lower cage :-(
     

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