With our growing flock of poultry we’ve been thinking of ways to make it easier to feed and water them. After doing some research on making our own feeders I had decided to try to make a PVC feeder, while we were at Canadian Tire we picked up the supplies.
This feeder is simple and very easy to make, Leighton cut the 10 foot pipe for me and the rest was put together in about 5 minutes.
- PVC pipe, cut to desired length. We made the feeder 3 feet high before the bottom is attached. You can use whatever diameter of PVC pipe you like, as long as the opening is big enough for the birds to get their heads in, we used 4 inch.
- PVC caps, same size as pipe.
- PVC 45 Degree Connector
- Zip Ties or Wire
- Cut your PVC pipe to length, we used a mitre saw.
- Attach the PVC 45 Degree connector to the bottom of the pipe.
- Attach 1 cap to the bottom of the connector (so your feed doesn’t come out).
- Sand down the top of the pipe (where the feed goes into it), this makes it easier to lift the top cap off, otherwise it sticks tight.
- Position your feeder where you want it in your coop and secure it, we used zip ties for now.
- Fill the feeder and put the top cap on (so rain can’t get in).
And that’s it, both the ducks and the chickens have already used it. We are hoping the feeder will help eliminate wasted feed, and allow me to feed once a day instead of twice.
Cost wise, I don’t think we came out ahead, PVC is expensive and the pipe with the connecting pieces cost us about $36.00.
Do you use a homemade feeder?
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