If you’re thinking about raising chickens, you might be wondering if it’s really worth all the effort. Trust us, it is! Not only is it therapeutic and rewarding, but it can also be a lot of fun. Plus, you get to enjoy fresh eggs every day!
Of course, if you’re a beginner, it can also be a bit nerve-wracking. However, once you get the hang of it, you’ll see that it’s really not that difficult. So if you’re up for the challenge, why not give it a try? We guarantee you won’t regret it!
There are tons of readily accessible information about raising chicks and chickens. So much so that it’s sometimes hard to sort through it all. One thing is certain, though, and that is raising backyard chickens comes with its share of challenges.
If you’re raising chickens in your backyard, chances are you’re also raising a few families of rats and mice. That’s because these rodents are attracted to the same things that chickens are: food, water, and shelter.
And since chickens are typically kept in close proximity to these things, it’s easy for rats and mice to find their way into your chicken coop. Not only are rats and mice a nuisance, but they can also pose a serious threat to your chickens.
These rodents can carry diseases that can make chickens sick, and they can also contaminate food and water sources. In some cases, rats and mice can even kill chickens by biting them or by eating their eggs.
The problem is caused by the design of conventional chicken feeders. They help the chickens to spill as much grain as they eat! That creates an after-hours picnic for the local rodent fraternity. Here’s an efficient DIY chicken feeder made with PVC pipes that can help you to reduce rodent access to food.
This chicken feeder is easy to make and only requires a few supplies that you may already have around the house. With this feeder, you can rest assured that your chickens will have plenty to eat without rodents getting to their food.
Fill the pipes and then cap them at the top. When feeding time is over, place a cap on the bottom! Plus, with it raised, it has a concave opening, so no more worries about too many feeds scattering all over!
And since it is high, you also won’t have to worry about your chickens fouling their food. This chicken feeder reduces food wastage and the risk of disease for your chickens!
Materials needed to build an inexpensive chicken feeder from PVC
This chicken feeder is great because it’s so easy to fill. You’ll never have to worry about your chooks running out of food because you can just keep it topped up with their regular supply of feeds.
- 10′ long 3″ PVC Pipe (or Drainage Pipe)
- 90° Fitting
- 2 pcs – End Cap Fitting
- Heavy-duty Razor Knife