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Problem with pvc feeder

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by TexasSam, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. TexasSam

    TexasSam Free Ranging

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    IMG_1024.JPG I built a pvc feeder and the feed doesn't fall like it should what am I doing wrong
     
  2. Elyrian1

    Elyrian1 Songster

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    My bet is on the 90 degree joints. If you use two 45s connected with a piece of straight pipe between them, I think your problem will resolve itself. I'm making several assumptions, the biggest of which is that you are feeding either pellet or crumble.
     
  3. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    I agree completely that it's your elbows. The food won't flow around that. It gets jammed up. Don't know if 45's will fix it or not. But maybe! :)
     
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  4. LittleTreeGuy

    LittleTreeGuy In the Brooder

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    Elyrian1 is correct, somewhat.... This type of feeder relies on gravity and the weight of the food to pull the food into the bottom. The 90 degree bend in your pvc pip is actually working as a "bottle neck" and not letting the mass of the feed "spread out".
     
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  5. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Just curious, are you able to cove that at night to keep free loaders out? Rats are a huge problem and will even eat chicks/chickens alive!

    Nice that you've got plenty of light for your coop in stead of a dungeon like my first build. :thumbsup
     
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  6. Akrnaf2

    Akrnaf2 The educated Rhino

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    You need one of this in the middle of the distribution pipe.
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    The 90° is the problem.
     
  7. Elyrian1

    Elyrian1 Songster

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    Dumb question I'm sure I'll have a duh moment afterward, but how does the T intersection alleviate the bottleneck?
     
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  8. hlhutchinson

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    I have one too that does that I though it was because my pvc is only 1 1/2 in not the 3 in that I see people using. When I mounted it I even put it on a slight angle so gravity would be helped out but nop still gets blocked and I have to use my finger and push the feed down into the strait pvc. I think I will try the 45 and see if that helps.
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  9. LittleTreeGuy

    LittleTreeGuy In the Brooder

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    Yea, feed just doesn't flow very well. Scientifically, probably because there is too much friction or something like that with all of the tiny particles. For example, if it was full of marbles, they'd have no issue rolling to the bottom.

    Now, if you were to change the design a little, and use more than one pipe, it could solve the issue... more pipes to fill, but would last the same amount of time, I suppose... (this isn't my photo, I saw it on pinterest)

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  10. Elyrian1

    Elyrian1 Songster

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    I had a setup almost exactly like that LittleTreeGuy. It did work wonderfully I must admit.
     
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