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waterproof gravity feeder that costs $0 to make :)

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I thought I'd share this in case it helps anyone else. 

 

We've had some big rainstorms out here on the west coast, and my traditional, open-top-hanging-gravity feeder is no good in that kind of weather. I tried finding a cover for my feeder, but they are not 100% waterproof because of the hole in the top so it can hang.

 

I've been scouring the interwebs trying to find a CHEAP solution that doesn't involve PVC pipe and tools I don't have.  Finally, I found this:

http://www.avianaquamiser.com/posts/How_to_make_a_weather-proof_chicken_feeder/

 

Genius, don't you think?? Most people could find this stuff around their house or get it for free from a friend. I have a cat and I buy cat litter anyway. The only tools needed are a utility knife and a drill. I'm thinking about attaching a plastic lip of some kind over the opening to make it even more waterproof. Going to make two of these today!


Edited by kathrync - 11/10/15 at 12:05pm
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I would modify it to cut the amount of waste from billing out of feed -- the way it is shown there has a lot of potential for feed waste.  Other than that, great idea!

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I would modify it to cut the amount of waste from billing out of feed -- the way it is shown there has a lot of potential for feed waste.  Other than that, great idea!

Yep, higher lips at bottom of openings might help.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Everyones conditions and birds require some custom fitting to make it work right. It would seem that you are on the right track for sure. As you use your design, if you are like most of us, Rev. B and or C will fit your personal needs better yet. Wasting feed is certainly a deal breaker for many of us and anyway you can find or do to reduce such is a moral victory for sure. I feed in coop, so I don't have a weather problem, but do have a constant fight with billing. Some of my ladies are, I am sure, pigs with wings. 

 

Should you get a good working combination figured out, share a picture or two and some text to go with it. BYC is a great place to get and give information.

 

Best to you and your birds,

 

RJ

Viking Farms ~ Icelandic Chickens & Hard Feather Bantams

My buildings & birds ~ http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/Welcome-to-Chicken-Georges-Doings

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Viking Farms ~ Icelandic Chickens & Hard Feather Bantams

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This is what I came up with for waste free feeding. Might help with your access openings, they should work with your bucket.

Access openings eliminate any billing out, hung the proper height from floor (took some observation and adjustment) they can reach the bottom of bucket.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/aarts-almost-waste-free-funnel-bucket-feeder

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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