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post #21 of 28
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ok ok guys enough with the DE debat please!

 

I was thinking of a peice of straight duct going into a square to round reducer. not sure how the hopper door will shut the feed off yet, was thinking a slider type

post #22 of 28
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ok ok guys enough with the DE debat please!

 

I was thinking of a peice of straight duct going into a square to round reducer. not sure how the hopper door will shut the feed off yet, was thinking a slider type

It's too bad that off topic tangents are so unfortunately frequent here.

 

The hopper door is going to be key as is the weight/strength of the ducting.

Sorry, I don't have any brilliant ideas, never worked with this stuff before. 

 

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That's a lot of weight...bushel of shelled corn is about 50 pounds?
Not sure what the volume size would be?
Why do you want to store so much.....lots of chickens?...cheaper to buy large volume?

I meant to say couple hundred pounds. Its cheaper to buy bulk and then I can rotate stock as well. I used to have two freezers so food never went stale but out here there's less room
I still wonder about keeping that much feed fresh, a hopper won't keep it fresh like your freezers did.....how many birds do you have?

Edited by aart - 1/22/16 at 3:34pm

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

 

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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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post #23 of 28
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It's too bad that off topic tangents are so unfortunately frequent here.

 

The hopper door is going to be key as is the weight/strength of the ducting.

Sorry, I don't have any brilliant ideas, never worked with this stuff before. 

 

well a hundred pounds of feed really isnt that much,aprox 14 birds atm. 

post #24 of 28
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I found freezers to be a pain becuase when I was running low I would have to mix another batch up in another freezer and I thought a silo type thing would be more efficient

post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by aart View Post
 

It's too bad that off topic tangents are so unfortunately frequent here.

 

The hopper door is going to be key as is the weight/strength of the ducting.

Sorry, I don't have any brilliant ideas, never worked with this stuff before. 

 

well a hundred pounds of feed really isnt that much,aprox 14 birds atm. 

Well, a hundred pounds will fit in a 30 gal garbage can.

Thought you wanted a 'couple hundred pounds'.

 

I have 15 birds over wintered and have a bag of feed and a bag of scratch in a galvanized 30 gal garbage can...100 pounds of feed would last me about 5-6 weeks.

Have second can for grow out coop in spring summer.

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."

Reply
post #26 of 28
Thread Starter 

I mix my feed so I buy three to four bags at a time

post #27 of 28

Are you looking at having it just stored in or actually having it dispensed from the hopper? I am reading this thread as dispensed from the hopper.

 

Build a strong support for the hopper out of wood so it wont tip over or bend from the weight/use over time.

I think you can do a slider to control dispensed amount but may need it to be of a stronger material so it does not bend from the force of the feed behind it.

 

You may be able to use chains secured to the rafters to help support the structure as well.

 

Making it easy to fill may be a challenge as will keeping the food fresh.

 

Interesting concept though.

post #28 of 28

Sorry for the DE thing. :/

 

@farmerbrowne, have you seen this http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/jumbo-feeder-by-danny-bahr?


Edited by Cheep N Peep - 1/22/16 at 4:27pm

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"With a good set of power tools, some glue and some nails, all things are possible." Me

 

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