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post #1 of 11
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how do you keep feeder dry in the rain? I have a 10x6 covered run and when it rains my plastic hanging feeder gets wet. i keep it in the middle.

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post #2 of 11

I would love to read some creative ideas about this.  I have been taking mine down and putting it under a little plastic table when it rains.   Does not help if it is an unexpected rain, though!

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post #4 of 11

I only have 1 feeder for my flock and it is aways inside the coop. My coop is 8' x 16' and there plenty of room to hang it inside so it never gets wet.

post #5 of 11

I use a variety of things in different pens.  Some are just covered by a piece of plywood or corregated metal or plastic leaning at an angle over the feeder.  The feeder itself hangs from the wall on a L-shaped hook, the kind used for hanging planters.  The board sits up on a couple of cinder blocks and the other end leans up against the wall.

I also use things like plastic patio tables with a big screw eye bolted to the underside of the middle.  The feeder hangs from a wire on this.  In another pen I got really fancy and took the roof of a plastic Dogloo dog house and made a PVC frame for it to rest upon.  The feeder hangs from a screw eye bolted to the underside of the middle of that.  The next time I made a feeder cover from a dog house roof I made it easy for myself and rested it on 4 upright cinder blocks.

This is South Florida & it rains a LOT in the summertime.  I have to devise ways to keep the feed dry!

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post #6 of 11

I've done the plywood cover in my growing areas.

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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Sunny_Side_Up 

I use a variety of things in different pens.  Some are just covered by a piece of plywood or corregated metal or plastic leaning at an angle over the feeder.  The feeder itself hangs from the wall on a L-shaped hook, the kind used for hanging planters.  The board sits up on a couple of cinder blocks and the other end leans up against the wall.

I also use things like plastic patio tables with a big screw eye bolted to the underside of the middle.  The feeder hangs from a wire on this.  In another pen I got really fancy and took the roof of a plastic Dogloo dog house and made a PVC frame for it to rest upon.  The feeder hangs from a screw eye bolted to the underside of the middle of that.  The next time I made a feeder cover from a dog house roof I made it easy for myself and rested it on 4 upright cinder blocks.

This is South Florida & it rains a LOT in the summertime.  I have to devise ways to keep the feed dry!


Do you have pictures? smile

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post #8 of 11

I have pictures, but they're etched in pigment on my walls, you'd have to visit my cave to see them.  I'm just a Wilma Flintstone in a Jane Jetson world...

But really, what did you need to see?  I'd be glad to describe in more detail, or mail/fax you a drawing.

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post #9 of 11
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thank you for the replies. I guess i will have to get rid of my new hanging feeder. even though its hanging from a rafter under the roof it still gets wet during windy rain. I am thinking of making a pvc feeder tube with some type of shield.

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post #10 of 11

It's difficult to keep feed dry during windy rainstorms, when that happens here I just dump the damp feed into a pan & let everyone eat it up like that.  As long as it doesn't stay damp so long that it gets moldy it's still fine for them to eat.  If we are due for a long period of rain I won't fill the feeders too full.

The feeders I have hanging under the plastic doghouse roofs manage to stay dry even during severe rainstorms.  The feeders hang up close under the roofs and stay fairly well protected.

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