Yikes -- the cost of PVC to make a feeder!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Denninmi, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    I stopped at Lowe's this morning to pick up the parts to make a simple PVC feeder -- a "U" shape.

    I went with the 4 inch. I'm planning to use this for my 9 chickens -- well, was, before I priced this out:

    I bought the following:

    2 4 foot long straight pieces for the uprights.
    1 2 foot straight piece for the bottom of the feeder -- I plan to cut the holes out here for access to the feed
    2 90 degree elbows
    2 end caps for the top
    4 metal pipe straps to secure it to side of the coop.

    TOTAL was about $65!

    I can buy a good metal feeder with a rodent-resistant mechanism in the front that holds about 35 lbs of food for around $85-$90 on Ebay with the shipping.

    So much for saving money. I may just take all of this back and go with the professional model, it will look a little nicer.
  2. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    I completely understand! Sometimes when I go DIY I spend double what buying it would cost. Now, if DIY turned out to look better that's a reason to spend more. However, often the opposite is true.
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Wow that sound like a lot.
    For around here -

    1 - 4" x 10' PVC DWV Schedule 40 Foam - 15.38
    2 - 4" 90° PVC Long Turn Elbow - 7.02
    2- 4" PVC Pressure Schedule 40 Cap - 15.42

    Total with out strapping 37.82


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