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A simple, inexpensive way to feed the chicks and minimize waste!

Step 1: Parts Needed!

For this project, we found everything at Lowe's. We opted for PVC drain pipe rather than the schedule 40 (standard) PVC pipe & other pieces due to length of the curve at the bottom when completed & cost of pieces. Here's the supply list:

10' piece of 3inch PVC drain pipe
4 - 3inch 90 degree street elbows
4 - 3inch 45 degree elbows
4 - 3inch threaded caps
4 - 3inch cap adapters
screws with rubber washers (length doesn't matter tremendously)
metal pipe strap
2 - 3inch PVC pipe caps (standard, not drain caps) This is for the update given later.
@ KelseyF6, we posted the watering plans under pvc chicken waterer.
@ rjessup, 4 pipes hold a 5 gallon bucket of feed. Approximately 20 to 25 lbs of feed.
<p>it's very useful ... thanks</p>
<p>it's very useful ... thanks</p>
<p>Anyone have plans to the water cooler set up in this post? Could you email them to <a href="mailto:skfoxfamily@gmail.com" rel="nofollow">skfoxfamily@gmail.com</a> please! </p>
<p>How much feed do four of these pipes hold? Is it a full 40 pound bag or is it more than that?</p>
<p>I am so going to make this! Thanks for posting. My only critique is there was not enough photos of your chooks :)</p>
<p>how do you cover the pipes overnight to deter rodents?</p>
<p>We use a pvc cap for the top after filling and cap the one on the bottom at night when we close them in.</p>
<p>We have not had any problems with rodents so far. Our coop is pretty tight with 1/2 inch hardware cloth covering all openings, I am hoping they won't squeeze or chew through. If we have the issue to come up and figure out a solution, I will definitely post it! Thanks!!!</p><p>~Julie</p>
<p>I have the same concern. The ideia is great but I already have issues with rodents.</p>
<p>If you have rodent issues - you need a nice cat. Our chickens quickly let our cats know who is boss, the cats don't mess with chickens at all.</p>
I will very likely be making this. Awesome! This will save me time from filling up their current food setup every other day. Now I just got to figure out something for water too.
<p>Good Morning Mountainfish! I just wanted to let you know that I finished the PVC waterer yesterday. So far, so good except I have to add a support piece to keep them from walking behind it and twisting it around. Thought you might like to see a pic of it (preview time!). Hoping to get the Instructable up today. Let me know what you think! </p><p>~Julie</p>
<p>Awesome</p>
<p>We are working on a waterer using a 3 gallon water dispenser jug, PVC, and the BeakTime water cups. I will be sure to post a guide on that. I have seen similar ones, but will be adapting it to fit our needs. Stay tuned for more ideas as we learn all about chickens! </p><p>~Julie</p>
<p>How may of these would you need for 10 laying hens?</p><p>Thanks</p><p>Michael</p>
<p>this is PERFECT for my farm!</p>
<p>could I cut holes in the bottom of a 55gal drum and put the pipes into that?</p>
<p>Hmmm...I think as long as you have an adapter to funnel the feed through to the PVC pipe, it might work. My concern is that the weight of the feed in the drum may be too heavy and the feed will continue to come out of the bottom neck. May have to change the 45 degree piece to another 90 degree street piece to give it more curve and stop the flow of the feed. ???? Let me know if you try it. I am assuming you are suspending this drum from overhead or are you planning to put it on blocks?</p>
I made a couple of these yesterday, but used hooks rather than mounting them so they can be easily moved. I also found that the 45 degree elbow was unnecessary
<p>NICE &amp; EASY! I'll send this to my daughter. </p><p>I'd simplify this a little further by simply driving a longer screw all the way through the PVC into the &quot;ledger&quot; boards, eliminating the hangar straps, a couple of screws, and any chance of the pipes slipping down.</p>
<p>Great idea! I would love to have not had to deal with the strap, but needed to be able to raise them up out of the way without having to take them down completely. Our run continues under the coop, and is a bit of a challenge to clean out as it is before hanging the pipes. Thanks for the input!!! </p><p>~Julie</p>
<p>excellent</p>
<p>This is a PVC chicken feeder. My chickens are made out of bones and feathers and stuff. Will your design still work?</p>
<p>these would work great in a rabbit run as well.</p>
<p>good idea. will be making a coop this fall-winter to be used next year.</p><p>will be converting a 8x16x8 storage shed, width by length by height. adding insulation to all walls and floor. then cover with rolled linoleum flooring cut and shaped to form a tub. will have vents added to deal with moisture.</p><p>will add a wall inside to make a front area, 8x6, for feed storage, and a larger 8x10 rear area for the chickens. there will also be a large outdoor screened area. cannot have free range because of all of the predictors in my area. the nesting boxes will be sloped to role the eggs away from the hen.</p><p>i like this idea.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YFYLXio-0XY" width="500"></iframe></p>
<p>Great instructable, thanks for sharing. I wish I had chickens! I've got two cats and may get on to making one for their dried food. I'm also thinking of hacking it a bit for garden birds... hoping to keep starlings, crows and pigeons from gorging themselves on my wild bird food. I'll have to have a think. Any ideas or tips gratefully received : )</p>
years ago I built some that used a 3 way and put a plug in the bottom had cut a piece of plywood in a 1/2 moon and screwed it into the opening to keep the scratchers out . we also used water line the green pipe that worked great to. And for those who read Best of Farm Show these feeders can be made into waters. Great layout and instructions keep up the good work
If I had chickens this would be great but I'll recommend it to some friends that do.
I like it
<p>cool!</p><p>I have a few chickens and they do scatter the feed a lot!</p>
I like. Nice add on at the end
Very nice! I'm already thinking of something similar for our cat. The concept could be adapted for other farm animals and pets as well.
<p>Cool!</p>
<p>Nice feeder set up.</p>

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