how big are your pvc feeders?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jimz1, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. jimz1

    jimz1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need to put a feeder/feeders in my run. I would like to know what diameter pvc pipe would you use and how many. I have 16 chickens. Pictures would be great. Thanks.
     
  2. Schwartzfarmnc

    Schwartzfarmnc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are made of 3 inch PVC and I have 6 for my 16 girls, but probably will make 2 more before I stop.

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  3. PatShea

    PatShea Out Of The Brooder

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    I love the pvc feeder thing [​IMG] can you please post how you did it so I can try to make it. [​IMG] Do I get the supplies from Lowes ?
     
  4. luvinrunnin

    luvinrunnin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am wondering if anyone ever has issues in the summer with humidity making the feed not flow good and get moldy?? We are in SE Ga so it's VERY hot and humid.
     
  5. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Yes, Lowes is a perfect place because of selection and price. I haven't had any problem with mold at all, but mine aren't all that big so they get used up fairly quickly. If I had it to do all over again, I would build the design that Schwartzfarmnc posted instead of my L-shape and I would use 4" pipe instead of 3". But really you could just throw the food on the ground and let them peck and scratch away at it, it's the PVC/ nipple watering that is the most important in my opinion.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/chicken-coop-water-feeder.html

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  6. luvinrunnin

    luvinrunnin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, Lowes is a perfect place because of selection and price. I haven't had any problem with mold at all, but mine aren't all that big so they get used up fairly quickly. If I had it to do all over again, I would build the design that Schwartzfarmnc posted instead of my L-shape and I would use 4" pipe instead of 3". But really you could just throw the food on the ground and let them peck and scratch away at it, it's the PVC/ nipple watering that is the most important in my opinion.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/chicken-coop-water-feeder.html

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    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/83761_042.jpg

    I was looking at these also. I am really interested in the waterers too though.

    I am going to have to invest in my own tools LOL. Never know where all hubby's tools are.
     
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  7. PatShea

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    Yes your right ,I think I do need a water feeder I like to make sure they have fresh water a couple of times a day , and I have a 3 pound feeder I brought at the feed store for 8.99 and I also give them scratch that I throw on the ground , Thank you so much !!
     
  8. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

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    If you have a Habitat Restore they also sell PVC and cheaper than Lowes ans HD
     
  9. Schwartzfarmnc

    Schwartzfarmnc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree, 90% of the PVC you see in my pics came from our local Habitat store, I did purchase the caps and Y fittings from Lowes though.
    These are super simple to put together, you will need our course 3inch PVC a Y fitting and a 3inch plastic cap(these are with all the other fitting in the PVC section). You will glue the plastic cap(looks like a Pringles chip lid) to the bottom of the Y fitting, turning the Y fitting upside down and we used liquid nails for glue. Once dry we filled the Y fitting with some sand so the feed what not sit in the bottom and mold, the feed travels right on top of the sand and fills the Y nicely. We went with the top caps to prevent any moisture or dust getting into the feed as you see in the pics. The original poster link is https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=342513
     
  10. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a 3.5 inch pvc that is 4 feet long and goes to a 90 degree joint that releases the food into a trough feeder. It works great and keeps them fed for a while before I need to refill.
     

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