Make your own - No waste - 5 gallon (25# feed) bucket feeder for about $3

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jimmywalt, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. MonTXChickens

    MonTXChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think this feeder looks great. ... I can't wait to try one
     
  2. MonTXChickens

    MonTXChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    why give up? Go to the next council meeting and request a variance. .. you may have to do some research and prep work but it will be worth it if you are successful. ... good luck!
     
  3. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the thoughts, but that's okay. Unfortunately we got rid of our 8 chickens that we loved last weekend........... so it's water under the bridge now. These were our pets and we all loved them, but it's time to move on.

    Thank you though.
     
  4. henless

    henless Chillin' With My Peeps

    So sorry you had to get rid of your chickens. :(
     
  5. MonTXChickens

    MonTXChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I built mine yesterday with two ports for feeding. I ran into some problems that I am wondering how you overcame. First, Home Depot didn't have the 3 1/2" street elbow with a lip. The ones they had were smooth. Where did you find them with the lip? This led to problem #2 I think. Second, the pvc glue seemed to have no effect. There wasn't enough surface area without the lip. Instead, I used lots of silicone. I am not sure that it is going to be as secure as it would be if it was glued.
    Next time I build one I am considering using epoxy. Maybe you can discuss ways to deal with the street elbow with no lip like the one in your picture just in case someone else has a hard time finding it like I did.
     
  6. MadAngler

    MadAngler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used gorilla glue. I just put some around the entire opening and spun the pvc around a few times to get a good even coat. After letting it expands and cure for about 4 hours, it was nice a tight.

    Gorilla glue is available at and home store or hardware store.
     
  7. butch vb

    butch vb Out Of The Brooder

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    my home depot has the street elbow but you could use a regular one and a 2 inch pice of pipe i think lowes also has street elbows pliming supply places hardware stores some ranch supply stores i call cowboy k mart i made mine from street elbow and did not glue at all slid on tight and not loosed up yet
     
  8. MonTXChickens

    MonTXChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found street elbows... I couldn't find the one with the lip. The whole I cut was 3 1/2" like the directions said with a whole cutter on the drill. It was snug but not enough to secure it in place. I guess I am looking for the tricks tthat made it just right...
     
  9. Concrete101

    Concrete101 Out Of The Brooder

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    I cut mine with a knife. (Cheap buckets) Not a perfect fit but tight enough that I did not glue either of them.
     
  10. krosfyre

    krosfyre Out Of The Brooder

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    I could not find 3 1/2" pvc elbows, so I got 2" elbows will that be too small for their heads to fit into?
     

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