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The Broody Bunch

Chickens, eggs and life in rural Maine

New Feeder

Posted by Miranda on Jul-28-2009

We installed the new feeder for the chickens today.  It’s simple and cheap but it works great! PVC-chicken-feeder

I can’t take credit for the idea.  I saw it on another chicken website.  But I immediately liked it because it’s just what I’ve been needing.  An inexpensive, gravity fed feeder than can hold a lot of food.

The feeder is made of 4 inch PVC pipe.  It starts with a 2 ft straight pipe.  Then a 90 degree elbow followed with a 45 degree elbow.  It’s hung with galvanized hanger tape.  In all, the feeder cost about $23.00.

Because the piping isn’t holding liquid, just feed, there was no need to seal the pieces.  new-PVC-feederThey fit snuggly together.

We hung the feeder so the lower opening is about the same height as the chickens’ chin.  That way they can reach it easily but can’t really bill out the food.

The chickens love it!  Two of them can eat at it comfortably at the same time.  But they seem to take turns and share pretty well.  And if someone gets impatient she just jumps up on the elbow and claims her turn!

  1. Aunt Doris Said,

    Uncle Bill likes this.

  2. Lida Said,

    Hi Miranda!

    I’ve been enjoying your blog. Hope you have fun on your vacation and that your new feeder works out as you hope it will!

    Lida

  3. Willamette Valley Homesteader Said,

    I am having problems with my hens billing out the food, causing a lot of waste. Do I need to hang the feeder higher? How do you deal with hens of various sizes?

  4. Miranda Said,

    After I switched from mash to pellets, the waste became almost non-existent. Hens are natural foragers and they will scratch around to find food, even around the feeder. If you have bantams and full size birds, you might try feeders at two different heights to keep them comfortable.

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