The old fashioned feeders are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Although they may still work for some, people are finding themselves frustrated at the fact that their chickens are either pooping or kicking bedding into the feeder, which can quickly spread illness and disease.
A properly constructed gravity feeder is the solution to most feeder problems. It can contain as much or as little feed as the handler wishes to keep, it prevents any possible way for chickens to get waste into their food, and it will keep the contents dry and pest free. If you are looking for an alternative means of providing your girls crushed oyster shell other than in a bowl, this will accommodate that offering as well.
|Got ducks? They quickly adapt to this style of feeder too.|
All of the materials needed to construct these feeders can be found at your local home improvement store. The tools required should be available in most everyones home or by borrowing from a neighbor.
- Tape measure
- Power drill
- 1/4" Drill bit
- 7/16" socket and 7/16" wrench or adjustable wrench
- PVC primer (clear or purple)
- PVC cement
- A hand saw or PVC pipe cutter capable of cutting up to 4" PVC.
Materials needed:- 24" of Schedule 35 PVC. This is a grey pipe and is used as waste pipe.
*(Regular Schedule 40 PVC will not work properly as noted in my explanation)
|Schedule 35 PVC waste pipe|
- 4"Black corrugated waste drain cap
|Corrugated waste pipe end cap|
- 4"x 2"x3" waste pipe fitting. This is found near the corrugated waste pipe and can be used for tying in downspouts.
|PVC fence post cap (left) Downspout adapter (right)|
|Drill a 1/4" hole on either side 1" in from the corners|
|Poultry gravity feeder assembly|
With the PVC primer, lightly coat one end of the pipe approximately 2" down and the opening side of the fitting you just constructed. Apply a light coat of PVC cement and firmly slide the fitting over the end of the pipe and hold in place for 10 seconds.
Slide the black cap over the top, and you are done!
|The handy cap keeps out dirt and debris.|
|Build multiple feeders for larger flocks.|
|Chicken water nipples screwed into PVC cap|
Fill and ENJOY!
Cheers ~ Kevin
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