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Thats AWESOME!  love the paint job as well!  I like the feeder, but honestly i am sold hook line and sinker on the 5gallon bucket for the feeder for all the food actually stays in the feeder or goes into the chicken,  i am about a month in with using it and not one bit of food on the floor!  again that means more $$ stays in the pocket.  by I love your set up looks really nice!

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I have a treadle feeder I was given. Today I caught a squirrel using it. Later it was pigeons and doves. I also have a feeder I built after seeing some pictures somewhere. Its a covered five gallon bucket on three legs high enough for the hens to touch the bottom. I drilled a 1" hole in the middle of the bottom. I inserted a long 1/4"  "ibolt" from the inside hanging down. I drilled a hole in a small lid from a soup can. I cut the lid from the edge to the center, overlapped the edges and put a fastener near the edge making it slightly cone shaped.  I put the small can lid over the bolt and locked it in place with two nuts 1 1/2" under the bucket bottom to keep small birds from the food supply. The cone shape allows food to slide on down an off. A piece of rubber tubing locked on the bottom of the "ibolt" gives the hens a target to peck and receive food from over head. The hole and bolt are sized together with the food size. I use pellets, so my hole is large. Start small and increase as needed. I've seen small wild birds try to use it with no results:). The hens have no trouble using it after a few lessons and there is no wasted food laying on the ground to draw the wrong critters. The only draw back is a cone (v) of feed left in the flat bottom of the bucket but I can live with that. I am going to discontinue the use of the treadle feeder. I will try and do pictures later if some one needs them.

post #13 of 13

Ingenious.  I don't use pelleted feed. (ferment instead)  But, this is a great idea for the rare occasion when I might need to switch to pelleted feed.  Waiting for your pic.  Don't know if it would work for you, buy you might sketch out a schematic and post a pic of that as well.  TY.

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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