PVC chicken feeder that's safe for roosters

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  1. Sunshine Flock

    Sunshine Flock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I just learned in another discussion that PVC feeders may not be a safe option for roosters. Not all roosters, but apparently quite a few do experience problems from their wattles and combs getting injured.

    As long as I can confirm that PVC pipes are food grade and BPA free (not clear on this yet), I'm considering a modified feeder to accommodate my rooster's large wattle and comb. The design I'm leaning toward is a pipe that hovers an inch or so above a non-PVC tray I'll mount on a wall and that's large enough to allow several inches of space around the pipe.

    The tray will be a food grade container, something akin to a lasagne dish with the PVC pipe hovering above it. But deeper and not as big.

    Do you have any suggestions, though, on the design? Did you do anything to accommodate your rooster to make it safe?
     
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  3. Sunshine Flock

    Sunshine Flock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    That looks like a good option. I'm reading conflicting things about the potential toxicity of PVC pipes and also safety. The feeding access or tray space seems really tight in so many feeders, too tight for roosters to comfortably feed themselves.
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    PVC pipes are used for potable(drinkable) water for humans.
    Never cared for the PVC feeders tho, they can still rake feed out of them and large combs are a problem.

    This PVC application works for me, I need to update pics, this was during prototyping, it now hangs:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/aarts-almost-waste-free-funnel-bucket-feeder.67218/
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  5. Sunshine Flock

    Sunshine Flock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I get really hung up on decisions, but it's time to make this dang project happen.

    So you're using a food grade bucket and a PVC pipe in the middle. Nice and accessible for large wattles and combs. What are you doing for the waterer?

    I'm thinking two 2 to 3 gallon matching (for cuteness points) green food grade, BPA-free buckets, and horizontal nipples (how else are nipples supposed to go, unless we're talking udders, I guess) for the waterer, and some version of what you're doing for the feed.

    I have a small coop, so I was liking the idea of three side by side tall PVC pipes with food access at the bottom and maybe a 90 degree fitting I slice at a 45 degree angle for food access, and a tray on a stand underneath to catch spillage.

    Ugh.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I don't get hung up on plastics,
    and have no idea if that bucket is 'food grade'.

    I can see the appeal of the PVC feeders in a small coop,
    but, well, they do have problems.

    My Waterer is a 3gal kitty litter jug with HN's,
    I put a heater inside during winter.


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  7. Chickassan

    Chickassan True BYC Addict

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    Food grade is a non factor unless the plastic is subjected to constant heat. Learning alot in here lurking, got a big combed fella so this is helpful stuff. :)
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How much heat?
     
  9. Kusanar

    Kusanar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    PVC or Lead are basically your choices for pipes moving water around in your house, so, if you water your birds with water that came out of a pipe, you have already given them all of the toxins they are likely to get from a PVC feeder. If you're really worried about it, get the type of PVC that is rated for hot water, it's a bit more expensive, but it doesn't leach anything out into hot water, so it will be super safe for dry feed at a normal temp.
     
  10. Chickassan

    Chickassan True BYC Addict

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    It's 195 degrees if I'm not mistaken.
     
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