PVC pipe feeder

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Peepthis541, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

  2. beerguzzler

    beerguzzler Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 3, 2008
    Houston TX
    For filling mine, I take the top cap off of the feeder, use the cap to scoop the feed out of a 5 gallon bucket and into a one gallon plastic pitcher, and then use the pitcher once filled to top off the feeder. Not the easiest but it works for me.
  3. kryptoniteqhs

    kryptoniteqhs Rosecomb Rich

    Nov 14, 2008
    Perris, CA
    thats all that matters there could be 2 million people with this problem that do it 2 million different ways because it works for them! [​IMG]
  4. Peepthis541

    Peepthis541 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2008
    Eugene, OR
    Here are some pics.

    I am mostly satisfied. I used a 90 degree turn in one, and put a few 30s together in the other to make a gradual 90. I just used what I had, basically.
    I think the idea, as some have stated, is a 60, so there is a slant to the "horizontal" feeder.

    As it is now, I have to give the vertical pipe a little shake to get the feed all the way to the end of the horizontal feeder pipe. This is not extremely important because I don't have that many hens, but it also gets the feed right to the level of the bottom of the hole, so makes for easy pickin's.
    I am only using one feeder right now. I had planned to put cracked corn in the other one, but some BYCers have advised against this as they'd probably eat it more than the more balanced layer formula.


  5. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm


    Mine... Simple, no cutting just glue. Just a five foot section of 3 inch pipe, a drain trap an a cap. The one on the right the cap comes off an is filled with food. The one on the left I glued the cap on an its filled with water then stood up. The pipe is black to absorb solar heat. Still not sure if it will freeze an bust yet. Its iffy. This is a test run before I make more.

    So far I've had no robbing by the free range birds, they are fed different.

    This is a breading cages of 5 hens an a roo. (EEers)
  6. Apopka Cluckers

    Apopka Cluckers Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 29, 2008
    Ok, so this is really late but I'm planning on building 2 of these for my girls and boys.

    It seems that the general consensus is to use 4" pipe with a 90 degree elbow right? That would, of course, be the case because I have tons of 3" pip laying around.[​IMG]
  7. rays123

    rays123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2008
    Quote:I see it using part of a p trap does it not get water on it?
  8. Schroeder

    Schroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2008
    Central Indiana
    My Coop
    Has anyone made mini-versions for grit and oyster shell using 2 in pipe?
  9. sabbathd

    sabbathd New Egg

    Feb 19, 2009
    Des Moines, IA
    I was curious, I LOVE these feeder ideas, and I am totally making one. Has anyone done this for water? Using perhaps the nipple waterers?


    I would LOVE to do that. And if anyone has any ideas on winterizing that I would be all for hearing about it. Also (and this is just silly, but I have to ask), is there a type of paint that I could paint the PVC that wouldn't be harmful to my chickies?
  10. notsostupidafterall

    notsostupidafterall Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 28, 2009
    Central Utah
    Pretty much decided on 4" diameter with a 60 degree elbow. The feeder will be outside in the well-covered run and up next to the coop.......for as much protection from the weather as possible.

    We have Barred Rocks, 14 hens and 1 Roo

    1. How long should the sloping lateral be for this number of birds?

    2. What would be a good height for the up-right?

    3. I see 2 inch holes in some photos........and others have a 1 1/2 - 2" cut out length-wise. Any strong opinions either way?

    4. Beside feed, what are these PVC feeders actually working well for? (water is taken care of, so am not going to change that.)

    As always............thanks

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