PVC chicken feeder that's safe for roosters

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sunshine Flock, Dec 9, 2017.

  1. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Well, most the water pipes in my house are copper(circa 1976).
     
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  2. HenOnAJuneBug

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    I noticed that my roosters were injuring their combs and wattles on the feeder I made with a 3" PVC elbow. There just wasn't enough room for them to get everything in without rubbing on the edge. So I added a 4" PVC elbow, and everything's now OK. They will only use that one. It costs twice as much as a 3", but I had to do it.

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  3. Kusanar

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    True, but if the outdoor pipes are the same age, they are likely lead.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Could be, I'm on a well.
     
  5. Sunshine Flock

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    I was thinking about a 4" pipe for the feeder. So no problems whatsoever?
     
  6. HenOnAJuneBug

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    Doubt they're lead. If metal, probably galvanized.
     
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  7. HenOnAJuneBug

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    No problems. With the 3" they had blood on their waddles and comb from banging against the edge. Once I went to 4" that went away. They can really bury their heads in the 4" elbow. Not sure what you're planning, but I used a street 90 elbow. A 4" cost me $10 - I almost choked. That was twice what a 3" was.
     
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  8. Sublight

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    Do something like this. I use a 3 gallon and a 5 gallon bucket from home depot. It works like a CHAMP!
    The 5 gallon bucket acts like the hopper, and the 3 gallon bucket has the large holes cut out and a piece of PVC just like this going through the middle. I have only 1 cut out spot though. It spills almost NO food. And my jerk rooster likes it.
     
  9. aart

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  10. henless

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    I put 4" pvc street elbows on my bucket feeder for my Cream Legbars. Most of the roosters have massive combs, but they had no problems using the 4" ones. When I made my tote feeder, I used the same size elbows. If they make a 5", I don't see why you can't use one of those. I love this tote. It holds 50lbs of feed.

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    For water, I use horizontal nipples in a 5 gallon bucket. I use a cookie tin water heater to keep it from freezing. But, I live in Texas, so we don't have days on end with sub zero temps either.
     
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