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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sunshine Flock, Dec 9, 2017.
Well, most the water pipes in my house are copper(circa 1976).
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.
True, but if the outdoor pipes are the same age, they are likely lead.
Could be, I'm on a well.
I was thinking about a 4" pipe for the feeder. So no problems whatsoever?
Doubt they're lead. If metal, probably galvanized.
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.
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.
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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.
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.