PVC Feeder

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ellie32526, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. Clayclay

    Clayclay Out Of The Brooder

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    I have my feeders outside and they've stayed dry.
    The little hood seems to do the trick. The hood is a modified adapter used to connect pvc to gutters.


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  2. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks VERY nice. Is there much waste from them putting their beaks in and spilling it? Also could you possibly do a close up of the gutters part? Is the vertical pipe actual PVC or is it drain pipe?
     
  3. Clayclay

    Clayclay Out Of The Brooder

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    JimmyWalt,
    Good eye, its actually double walled drain pipe.
    The few pellets that do get knocked out are quickly eaten from the ground.
    Heres that close up:

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    I cut the bottom flange off to give the hens easier access.

    I bought all the supplies at homedepot, in their outdoor drainage section.

    -4" double walled drain pipe
    -90 degree, 4" elbow
    -a 4" cap for the top
    -a 4" down spout adapter
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/NDS-2-in-x-3-in-x-4-in-Styrene-Offset-Down-Spout-Adapter-904/100377412?N=bv13#.UUvHSFsac
     
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  4. MsChickenMomma

    MsChickenMomma Overrun With Chickens

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    What a neat idea! My chickens have been spilling their feed like crazy, so we've been trying to come up with another alternative. How many of this type of PVC feeder would you suggest that I'd need for 15 chickens? Also, can roosters eat okay in those? I just worry about them not being able to fit their combs in them :/
     
  5. Bidoville

    Bidoville Out Of The Brooder

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    At least one of our hens had a pretty large comb. You'd be surprised how adaptable they are when it comes to their feed! With the pull of gravity, the feed spills pretty evenly, and I haven't noticed a problem with our hens. It would definitely be worth trying.

    At two and a half feet tall, one feeder holds about 8 cups of feed (still more than a five pound feeder we were using, and wasting SO much less). We had six using the two. I would imagine if you increased the circumference of the PVC, say, maybe to 3 inches, for 15 healthy hens you'd require at least three. I would say just make them taller, and use a larger wye connecter for the comb access. The only reason ours our 2.5 feet is due to the height of the coop at that level (it slopes up). I have thought about adding one to their run, but they just go back inside if they get hungry.

    Let me know how it works out!
     
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  6. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now what keeps the food from just pouring out the hole? I see the lip on there that holds the food in, but because of the tall pipe, why doesn't the food just keep flowing out on the ground?
     
  7. Clayclay

    Clayclay Out Of The Brooder

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    I played around with how long to make the horizontal piece. I found that a 5 inch length allowed the pellets to pile up at the edge of the feeder without pouring out.
     
  8. JChickadee

    JChickadee New Egg

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    I am building a feeder with the 45 degree y pipe. What's the ideal height for the feeders to hang off the ground. It is hard for me to tell since they are still chicks.
     
  9. Gracie9205

    Gracie9205 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I love this! I'm going to have to make myself a few!
     
  10. vols6286

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    Is that 4" pipe? Like the set-up by the way.
     

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