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My quails were wasting so much feed I had to come up with something.  I saw the shoe-box type, but I wanted something that would hold more feed an not take up too much space horizontally in the coop.  I used a Costco pretzel barrel and PVC pipe.  I've published an Instructable here http://www.instructables.com/id/No-Waste-Quail-Feeder/

Four or Six can feed at a time, depending on how many holes you make.  It's working out quite well, and I just thought I'd share my design.

post #2 of 9

Wow that's a brilliant idea. :thumbsup

My quail are also considerably wasteful with their feed.

At least now I know of an affordable way to improve. Thanks!

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Thanks!  The one other benefit I didn't mention is that the food stays free of droppings as well, which is a plus.  The other feeders I've used they manage to stand on top and get poop into the food, which I imagine is not good for their health.

post #4 of 9

Can you add some more photos?

 

Would like to see the feeder as a whole.

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Originally Posted by abot87 View Post
 

Can you add some more photos?

 

Would like to see the feeder as a whole.


There are a couple more at the link they posted.  But I as well would like to see a little more.  Especially the inserted vertical pipe that is used to fill it. 

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The hopper is like a sleeve attached between the top opening and the bottom of the barrel.

It would have been better if I could have found something a bit wider so that it fit snugly in the mouth of the barrel.

As you can see from the first picture below, there is about a 1/2 inch gap between them at the top, but it works fine.

It is glued to the bottom of the barrel so it does not move.  A 2-liter soda bottle inverted might actually work also instead of the ABS pipe.

 

I had to experiment a bit with the holes at the bottom of the sleeve.  At first they were a bit too shallow and not enough feed was coming out.

The quail could still reach in and peck at the base to get feed, but I wanted it more free flowing so that they didn't have to try too hard once their head was through the hole.

 

View from the top:

 

 

Hope this helps!


Edited by capobeach - 5/5/16 at 11:33am
post #7 of 9
Very nice! I have a disposable food storage container that i cut holes in. It works with my 1 quail after I screwed the base to a board . Otherwise it was too light and kept getting tipped over. Now I find almost no wastage.

I like the inner chute for more storage of food. How big are the inner diameters of the pipe sections?
post #8 of 9

Very cool idea, thank you for sharing.  I've been noticing how much food gets wasted so I'm going to be putting your idea to good use.  Thank you again.  :)

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Originally Posted by Oreo quail View Post

Very nice! I have a disposable food storage container that i cut holes in. It works with my 1 quail after I screwed the base to a board . Otherwise it was too light and kept getting tipped over. Now I find almost no wastage.

I like the inner chute for more storage of food. How big are the inner diameters of the pipe sections?

I initially just cut holes, but the plastic was a bit sharp and I was worried about the quail injuring themselves or damaging the feathers on their necks. The little collars of pvc are smooth and add a bit of a lip to help keep the food in the bin.

 

The tube for the feed has an interior dimension of 4".

For the ports the quail stick their heads through, I actually tried 3 different dimensions.

First I used 1 1/2" pvc, but it was a bit large.  The quail were able to still pull food through the hole as they were eating.

I went down to 1" pvc next, but it was a bit small.  They would stick their heads through but it seemed tight and they didn't like it.

1 1/4" ended up being perfect.  In the video I posted on the instructable linked above, you can see the quail have no issues with the size of the hole and freely use the feeder.

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