Will some kind soul pls post links on how to make a PVC waterer/feeder

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by guesswhatchickenbutt, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. guesswhatchickenbutt

    guesswhatchickenbutt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been using the search function for awhile trying to find "pvc tutorial" or "pvc how to" and I'm not finding any good tutorials for how to make a pvc waterer and pvc feeder. I'm home-improvement-challenged, so I really need a good tutorial for how to make these. I have three chickens and the mess they make from eating is off the charts. There has got to be a better way than the typical red and white hanging waterer and feeder that we got from the feed store when they were chicks. I think a DIY PVC setup would be perfect for us, but I'm not sure where to start.

    Is a feeder really as simple as getting a some pipe with a bend, a cap and a bracket to attach it to the coop???

    I haven't found a great way to water them yet... still searching.

    Thanks!
     
  2. SimplyForties

    SimplyForties Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My feeder is a 3' length of 4" PVC with a 90 degree elbow on the end and a 45 degree elbow attached to that. No glue, just hammered together. I used two different sized drill bits of make a sort of keyhole opening in the back and then put two screws in on the coop walls and hung the feeder on them. I also used a piece of strapping to keep it stable. Pretty simple! Not sure how the waterer works.

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    Hope that helps a little. I think if you put PVC Feeder in the search you'll get a lot of people's versions of it. [​IMG]
     
  3. madmantrapper

    madmantrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you use pellets or crumbles? I made one exactly like your but pellets don't flow very well.
     
  4. SimplyForties

    SimplyForties Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There's gamebird starter in that one but I'm about to switch to pellets. I hope I don't have that problem!
     
  5. ABHanna4d

    ABHanna4d Out Of The Brooder

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    What do you folks do for water? I see in one picture that you have a Mason Jar connected to a waterer tray...Is that all you do. I am getting ready to bring my girls home (5 BO's about 9 weeks). Someone told me I need a 5 gallon supply of water, is that necessary? I know I will be hanging out with them everyday so would a little Mason jar waterer be fine?
    How much water will 5 hens go through in a day?
     
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    You could try this one..
    I found it on line..
    Not mine..

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  7. guesswhatchickenbutt

    guesswhatchickenbutt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    5 hens will go through SO much water. I have a gallon waterer and they can empty it in about a day and a half - and I have three hens. Keep in mind we live in Florida and the heat index was 96 yesterday (yes, I'm aware it was the first day of Fall [​IMG] ).

    We have pellets so I'm hoping the PVC feeder will work for pellets... we want to go on vacation next month and will have a chicken-sitter, but I'd like to know that they have an extra safe supply of water and I don't like the set-up we have now.

    Does a PVC pipe waterer exist? Or is it always some modification of the upside down bucket and tray deal?
     
  8. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    I made myself the same feeder as simplyforties, I put a cap on mine. I had a probem with "flow" until I expanded the angle at the bottom. I keep an old broom handle out there and when it seems to get jammed I just stick it in the top and everything goes smooth. It works great, holds about 30#s of feed, keeps it perfect dry and fresh and ZERO waste.
    If you are construction challenged just print a pic of this and take it down to HD they will help you. And don't glue the parts together - thereis no need.

    Once upon a time It thought I saw a similar made waterer but have had no luck finding the post since then.

    Anybody?
     
  9. guesswhatchickenbutt

    guesswhatchickenbutt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the help everyone! I'm sending the hubby down to the home improvement store today! I'm sooooo ready to be done with the regular hanging feeder.

    And yeah - I'm still ISO a cool waterer like the PVC feeder....
     
  10. Egg_newton

    Egg_newton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a nipple waterer. Check out the link in my signature. I have a couple more for sale or you can buy the nipples from qcsupple or teksupply and make your own with any size contaier that you want.
     

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