DIY PVC Chicken Feeder

Brilliant feed bin idea. No scrapping around or wasted feed on the floor. And the feed stays dry in the rain.



20 Responses to “DIY PVC Chicken Feeder”

  1. Prepper Farm says:

    I’ll never cease to be amazed at the uses for PVC piping. The steps in picture format is very useful, too. Nice and easy to follow.

  2. YTG137 says:

    This is brilliant, but the vinyl chloride in PVC is a known carcinogen. Therefore, PVC use in anything to do with chicken husbandry is counterintuitive & counterproductive to those raising their own chickens for the sake of a cleaner, greener, healthier food source.

    • Common Sense says:

      The chickens aren’t eating the PVC they are eating out of it. Almost every house in the mid west has PVC water piping from the meter to the house with no harmful effects. So let the chickens eat out of it. It is safe.

      • Uncommon Sensei says:

        Has talking about the possibilities of releasing cancer related chemicals according to the temperature exposure of the PVC (hot or cold). Whether you own a home or rent if you use hot water and run it thru PVC chances are you are bathing in harmful chemicals.

      • BlueEyes says:

        How do you know there are no ‘harmful effects’ in using PVC, or even the glue used to put the feeders together? I really like the idea of these feeders… easy to build… but I won’t use PVC to make them for the same reason YTG137 stated.

        Just so you know… my household water is filtered… for the same reason.

        • Kevin Edwards says:

          Better check- your filter housings are probably plastic as well. And whatever factory processed the chicken feed is probably using a variety of plastics. I think you’re chasing ghosts.

        • Sketcher says:

          I would like to know what kind of filter that you could have in your household would filter out these kind of contaminants. Maybe a very expensive reverse osmosis system…

    • Nathan says:

      Using drinking water PVC is safe. Using sewer PVC is not. Need the “food” grade PVC which is labeled for carrying drinking water.

  3. [email protected] says:

    Thank you so much for the complete how to… I’m planning to put this in our new coop.

  4. honeysuckle hill says:

    Thank you so much for the complete how to… I’m planning to put this in our new coop.

  5. Star Theodore says:

    I agree after reading what the EPA has published about it. I will build a safer alternative.

  6. nhoj4782 says:

    Make sure these are under cover from the rain. They look great when they are dry but once water gets in the food everything gets wet and the feed quits flowing. I like the hanging feed container hanging inside where I can fill it without getting me or the feed wet. Just my thoughts from 27 years of backyard chickens.

  7. ReSisk says:

    I’ve heard of them sweating and molding. is this a factual thing or no? Asking for a friend who has chickens.

  8. Beth says:

    Your drinking water comes through these same types of pipes.

  9. OICU812 says:

    What about using 1″ PEX instead?

  10. David says:

    I like the idea of this. The addition of the ‘low feed’ flag in the linked article is a great one also and one I haven’t seen before on other blogs.

  11. Janet says:

    how many would I need for 6 chickens?

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  13. Judy says:

    Our water bottles and plastic ware that we use all contain chemicals that may cause some kind of harmful effect to us. So what’s the differense? Even the foods we eat contain some kind of harmful chemicals.

  14. Becky says:

    I’d caution using these. I have the same design and have lost at least 2 young chickens because they try to crawl up into the tube as it gets empty and they get stuck. I’m installing wire over the opening so they can’t enter.

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