pvc feeder question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by donaltman3, Apr 14, 2017.

  1. donaltman3

    donaltman3 Out Of The Brooder

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    I see a lot of plans for people using the 3 inch pvc tube that goes downward into a sweep tee. Could I use 2 inch or will the opening be too small as the chickens get older? It looks like they would have plenty of room. My only guess is why they choose 3 inch is because it will hold more feed. Has anyone else used 2 inch?

    It would be good to take up less space their enclosure and am considering doing the two inch with riser leading outside the coop and have a hopper made out of a 5 gallon bucket. Thoughts?
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    I have seen a lot of these too---but not reduced to 2". Most of the people that have built them in my area do not use them any more of just pour in enough feed for the day because in just about everyone of their feeder the chickens flip the food out on the ground---empting the whole feeder.
     
  3. donaltman3

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    Instead of reduced I wanted to make the whole thing out of two inch. Maybe I'll rethink my whole feeding situation. I'll have 4 hens and want to get a set up where I can fill it up and have a weeks worth of food for them.
     
  4. Daleb843

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    I've got a 4 inch and it holds about 20 pounds of pellets and the chickens do great with it and don't spill any feed.[​IMG]
     
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  5. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Question on this feeder? It looks like a extra piece was added to make the Y they eat out of longer? What do you do about the feed that sets in the bottom of the Y going bad/molding because their neck is not long enough to reach the bottom to keep that feed removed and new take its place? You got that fixed some way?
     
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  6. tony55

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    I put some quikcrete at the bottom to fill that gap. It seems to work real well.
     
  7. PD-Riverman

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    Good, protect them chickens from molded food!!!!
     
  8. Daleb843

    Daleb843 New Egg

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    I made it so when there feed gets low I can slide the pvc up and I clean it out good before I refill. I also used the same size pvc for my automatic water. It was only 10 dollars for 10 ft.On the water 1 end I can unscrew it so I can clean it out.[​IMG]
     
  9. donaltman3

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    I'm not positive but I think I am going to use a five gallon bucket with about a foot or so of one inch pvc going into the run with the nipples on it. Set the bucket outside so I can fill it easily and it not take up much room inside, Plus five gallons worth of water means less filling it up.
     
  10. Daleb843

    Daleb843 New Egg

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    Here is my sit-up, I can fill mine without going into the coop.[​IMG]
     

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