PVC feeder can be a death trap!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ebbykay, May 9, 2016.

  1. ebbykay

    ebbykay New Egg

    Oct 15, 2011
    I only used the 4 ft. Pipe and elbow set in a oval bucket to feed my two month old chicks....it wasn't doing good, because they had room to get over in the bucket and scratch the feed out! Then Saturday I found one chick climbed into the elbow and suffocated! I was so mad at myself for letting this happen! I had to cut anoher piece of pipe, cut a slot in one side so they could eat from it and capped the end up. Please don't make the mistake I made;(
  2. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2013
    Eastern WA
    Sorry to hear that happened. Perhaps that one was a tad smaller than the others and could fit in places the other couldn't. I once found a full grown chicken who had fallen behind a heavy wooden box and was stuck there. She was still alive, but I was simply lucky that I found her there, because I would normally not look in that place.

    Did you mean to say 4-inch pipe instead of 4-foot? If so, then that would be helpful info for others.

    Another common mistake is to have deep water (deeper than they can lift their heads above to breathe) with vertical walls. If there is a ramp they can walk out on, they might make it out, but if it's vertical sides (like a kiddie pool, or any pool for the matter), they will drown.

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