There is a tradition in backyard chicken keeping of constructing chicken feeders using PVC pipe. (See: https://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-Chicken-Feeder/ https://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-Chicken-Feeder-with-Meter/ )
One of the key components of such feeding systems is a "135 degree tee" (aka "Tee", see image below or in links above)
We've used the system for years. It works well. But you do get some pellet wastage. i.e. pellets sitting in section 1 of the Tee which just sit there and never get eaten. Nothing bad happens to them, but it just seems a waste.
I’ve been wondering if there was some kind of resin, plaster or some other material known to the arts and crafts community that could be used to fill the space at the bottom of the tee. Perhaps overthinking it, I was imagining a two stage pour. First stage (area 1). Simple fill. Then once cured, fix the tee on an angle and do a second pour to fill area 2.
Ideally the material used would be relatively inexpensive and once cured would stay in place, be very occasionally washable and be "food safe" * for chickens.
- whilst bearing in mind that they are already being fed from a PVC pipe. However, I do wonder if for that reason, we shouldn’t use plaster or cement, or if doing so, maybe covering it with a resin, sealant or lacquer later? (in which case, what would you recommend?)
I'd value your thoughts. Thanks in advance.