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DIY – Chicken Coop Gravity PVC Feeder

There are many PVC chicken feeders out there.. what is unique about ours? It is simple and inexpensive and it works great!

Initially we built a feeder with a Y at the bottom that feed both left and right- but it kept getting clogged. We found this design to work the best.

 

Step 1: Parts and Cuts

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 9.20.49 AMThe plan is very simple as seen in the drawing above. Consider purchasing THINWALL PVC. For me it was about half the cost and more than strong enough for this purpose.

The parts:

  1. 10 feet of 4 inch thinwall PVC
  2. 1, 4 inch thinwall PVC 90 Degree Elbow
  3. 2, 4 inch thinwall PVC Cap

Measure the area you plan to place the feeder. My feeder was 53 inches high by 24 inches for the feeding area. So I made two cuts into the 10 foot piece of PVC. You can use a hacksaw or a sawzall. I used the sawzall.

 

Step 2: Cut the Feeding Hole in the shorter PVC…

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 9.22.17 AMIn step one we cut the PVC pieces to length. Now we need to cut an opening in the shorter PVC tube that the chickens will be able to eat from.

To achieve this draw a hole onto the PVC with a marker. Then, using an electric drill, drill a hole in each corner of the feeding hole. Then using a jigsaw cut from hole to hole to hole to hole until the feeding area is fully cut out.

You may need to take a file to file down the rough edges.

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 9.23.00 AMStep 3: Dry Fit & Glue Up

Now that all the pieces are cut we can put away the power tools. Dry fit each piece together to assemble the chicken feeder.

 

Step 4: Final Assembly

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 9.23.24 AMAssuming everything fits together AND the unit will fit in the intended area its time to prime and glue it all up. Make sure to first prime each area that will be glued.. then apply the glue and hold the pieces together tightly for a few seconds to let the glue set.

Attach the feeder to your coop. You can use wire for this or you can purchase some 4 inch brackets.

This project only take a few minutes. Now just fill it up with feed and you are good to go!

 

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Google Sketchup to 3D design

In this episode we teach you how to use Google Sketchup to 3D design projects around your home or homestead. Google Sketchup is an amazing (and free) tool that can be used to help visualize and design. You can design homestead fencing a chicken coop, goat house and anything you can imagine. This tool helps with planning a project and helps you understand how much material to order and how to avoid wasting material. Enjoy AND LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW!

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