Reducing feed waste from PVC pipe feeders

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chezpoulet, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. chezpoulet

    chezpoulet Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi folks

    I installed a couple of PVC feeders in my coop for my young chicks, and discovered that even when hung up high the chicks managed to spill lots of feed out, so I cut out a couple of feeder
    "collars" using a rubber type material similar to the silicone baking sheets you can purchase cheaply from Walmart. Put a few pecking holes in and you are set. The spillage is now minimized. I have enclosed a few photos.

    Since I got the idea for the PVC feeder from BYC, I am "paying it forward" - maybe someone will find this useful.

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  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] thanks for the idea.
     
  4. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quite creative and simple to make. What made you think of it? [​IMG]
     
  5. chezpoulet

    chezpoulet Out Of The Brooder

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    I am a neat freak- guiltily I am also one of those who pick poop out of the coop everyday-(it's a 4x4 so can be done in 10 minutes). I just got tired of trying to clear all the excess feed scattered all over ( fear of attracting rodents as the feed invariably fall off the coop onto the ground outside the human door.
     
  6. 70monte

    70monte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the idea. I'm having the same problem with my pvc feeders which are made out of 4" pipe with a "y" on the bottom. How is the bottom part of that feeder attached? Do you have any pictures of the feeder without the new covers on? I've been trying to come up with another setup for myself since my chickens are wasting tons of feed.

    Wayne
     
  7. cabincrazyone

    cabincrazyone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wayne, It looks like they're bolted on. In the second photo you can see about half of a screw (or bolt) head.
     
  8. dinahmoe

    dinahmoe Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    thanks for the pics.
    this is what i use for the chicks but it doesn't hold alot .

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  9. chezpoulet

    chezpoulet Out Of The Brooder

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    cabincrazyone is right- just a simple 2.5 inch screw that I drilled through- not very sophisticated, but it works! Now if only I can get them to stop spilling more feed in my other feeder in the run!
     
  10. 70monte

    70monte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess my next question is, is the bottom part just a larger diameter cap and does the upright pvc pipe have slots cut in the side or is the bottom of the pipe just held off the bottom of the cap? Thanks.

    Wayne
     

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