Right now we have one of those little 3 lb hanging feeders and a lot of feed ends up on the ground molding. I got the idea for a PVC feeder from various places on the web and what I came up with seems to fit perfectly into the coop design. PVC is great…Lincoln Logs for big kids! You can build almost anything out of this stuff!
The feeder may not be completely aesthetically pleasing but will hold 8-9 lbs of food and should minimize wastage as they peck and toss food while eating. My only concern is that maybe only one bird at a time can use the feeder. Chickens are not known for patience when one of their friends has food!
The feeder was very simple to make and only minor modifications to the coop were necessary. It’s all just pushed together and not glued so it can be broken down and cleaned if necessary. I chose 4″ sewer PVC (the kind you find out in the garden area of the big box stores, not the normal cell core thick PVC.) I discovered fittings can’t be mixed between these types of PVC pipe either; apparently 4″ pipe is not 4″ pipe!
The Baffle is needed to control the level of the food as it falls down the tube. Without it I think food would come right to the edge of the open wye.
The wood disk is inserted into the bottom of the wye. A small piece of PVC pipe is then pushed into the fitting under the disk to hold it in place.
All put together!
Small coop modification needed!
And here it is inserted and ready to go.
We’ll see how they do with the one at a time eating. If it causes too much fighting I have an idea for a new design that uses a tee with short pieces of pipe with holes cut in the top instead of a wye.
Tomorrow, the bigger coop modification of incorporating the nipple waterer.