Okay folks, here's a how-to on making gravity feeders just like these! Big thanks to my dad, who designed and put these together! We were inspired by this tutorial from The Owner-Builder Network. Excuse our unfinished wallpaper - we are still a work in progress!
We have six feeders in total for a flock of 19, but you can adjust the amount of materials based on the size of your coop. Our six hold exactly 50 lbs of feed.
You will need:
Charlotte Pipe 3" PVC Pipe
Charlotte Pipe 3" PVC Cap
Charlotte Pipe 3" PVC Wye Fitting (2 for each feeder)
Charlotte Pipe 3" PVC Test Fitting (to cover the fill opening)
3" Pipe Plug (I couldn't find the link for this, but it was also purchased at Lowe's)
Hacksaw or pipe cutters
First, start off with attaching the plug to the bottom of the 3" wye fitting. This creates the base of your feeder. You will then need to attach the 3" PVC pipes to the top of the wye fitting base and determine the correct height for your coop. Once you have the height measured, cut off the excess with a hacksaw, pipe cutter, or anything you prefer to use that will cut through the PVC pipe.
Next, you'll want to attach your second wye fitting to the top of the PVC pipe. Once this is secured, cut a small piece of the leftover PVC pipe to attach to the top of the wye fitting and attach your pipe cap. You can easily fill the feeder with the slanted wye at the top, especially if you have a feed scoop or pour - we found that this one works really well..
Finally, I recommend getting the test fittings to use as caps for the opening. This helps keep unwanted debris out of the feeder.
We couldn't be happier with how these turned out! The girls love using them and they make life easier with being able to hold a whole bag of feed at once. It's a great addition to your coop no matter what the size of your flock.
Have any questions about our tutorial? Feel free to send us a message!