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Sight window for 5gal bucket feeders?

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Has anyone installed/cut in a sight window to see how much feed is in a 5gal bucket feeders?

 

I thought of cutting a vertical slot 6" off the bottom up to 2" from the top and covering it with a clear plastic .

 

I do not think it will hurt it any.

 

If you have , could you please post pics of what you have ,  what you used , and how you did it for the rest of the flock!

 

Thanks

Sean

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I do not know where in the thread it was, but I have seen a couple people who posted photos like what you describe in the "show me your feeders mega-thread".  So people have done it.  One I recall riveted the window on.  Another mentioned that they were worried about a cut that was the majority of the vertical space, so they did 2 smaller windows with a solid band between to keep the feeder structurally sound.  Maybe that is the smart way to do it.  Cut a narrow vertical strip above the middle point, leaving an inch or two of solid plastic, and another one below the middle point. 

 

 

EDIT:  Here is one example.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/823248/show-me-your-feeders/80#post_12275570


Edited by paneubert - 4/21/16 at 12:04pm
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Ive seen some who cut a hole in the lid and stick a dowel rod in it.  The rod lowers into the hole as the feed level drops.

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