Back in 2015, we built two PVC feeders for our chickens. They used to waste a LOT of food. Never could figure it out…they eat bugs and dig in their own poop in the compost pile. But do not expect them to eat chicken feed after they’ve slung it to the ground, no siree. Once we built our feeders and got them in place, I’m not exaggerating when I tell you we cut our feed bill in half. You can read how we built our feeders here.
Since then, we’ve made a few modifications to our PVC feeders. We added caps into the feeder cups at night to keep critters out. And they worked fine…except for where raccoons are concerned. Those little buggers are very dexterous. We have also added pans underneath each feeder to catch any spill so that we wouldn’t be providing Ricky Raccoon free meals on the ground. And because of Ricky Raccoon, we had to find a way to make it so that we could take the feeders inside the coop each night. The feeders were screwed to the coop wall to keep them upright. But with just a few modifications, we’re now able to quickly unhook the feeders and take them in. We had to come up with something simple and easy to use since we have very limited time in the mornings before work to get everything set up for the day. Now that we take the feeders in each night, the caps aren’t really necessary in the feeder cups, but they keep feed from spilling in transport.
We used metal plumbing strapping to secure the feeders to the outside walls. Instead of having both ends screwed to the wall, we added a cup hook on one side. The holes in the strapping attach to the hook keeping the feeders secure and upright, but unhook easily for taking them in at night.
We’ve also added a shorter PVC feeder for the Tinys’ oyster shell. That was another thing that got scattered and wasted. Plus when it rained, it got stuck to the tray we used to have it in.
These types of feeders have served us well. They were inexpensive to build and the long-term savings on feed is significant.