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I was wondering if anyone wanted to share pictures or instructions for their milk jug feeders.  I have two, which are my main feeders (they do have a store-bought hanging feeder in the coop, but I only have to refill it maybe once a week or once every other week and it's never gone completely empty).  I just cut a hole in the side several inches above the bottom and hang them off the fence with a carabiner.  They work very well, but lately at least one of the two has been completely empty when I take them in at night and I have noticed a lot of feed spilled on the ground.  I've tried hanging them so that the bottom is resting on the ground and so that the bottom is several inches above the ground and it doesn't seem to make a difference in the amount of waste.  I'm just wondering if there's a more effective "design" or if wasted feed is just something I'll have to deal with if I want to continue using these kinds of feeders.  I need to make another one (one of my two is looking very beat up) but before I take the time to cut a hole in another plastic jug I wanted to see if maybe I could do it differently so as to waste less feed.

post #2 of 11

that is how I feed and water my breeding pens....it does waste some feed but every feeder I have ever used does

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post #3 of 11

id like to see pictures of these milk jug feeders! im having a hard time picturing them. pop

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Red Bronze Turkeys; Guineas; Pekin & Runner ducks; India Blue Peafowl; Tolouse and Embden Geese!
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post #4 of 11

I'd love to see pictures too! smile

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post #5 of 11
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Here's a picture I shot this morning:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/52978_048_2.jpg

You can also see one in this picture of the backside of my coop from last fall:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/52978_027.jpg

I didn't have any pictures to go on when I made these, just cut a hole where it seemed to make sense.  Like I said, they've worked well, I'm just wondering if there's something I could do differently for the next one to make them a little less wasteful.

post #6 of 11

I've cut my milk jugs before and used them as feeders. I do caution anyone who uses them though, as I have had birds get stuck inside the jug, or get it stuck on their head, because they are easily flipped over and are very light weight. I've returned home to find a bird having one stuck on its head and having labored breathing from the shortage of air.

They are a cheap, DIY alternative... but use caution.

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post #7 of 11

would it be safer to maybe mount it to a wall or fence rather than have it hanging? maybe that way they could flip it up over thier heads lol id like to try it, beats buying a ton of feeders when you have multiple pens. so does everyone notices a lot of waste with them tho?

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Red Bronze Turkeys; Guineas; Pekin & Runner ducks; India Blue Peafowl; Tolouse and Embden Geese!
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Black Cochin Bantams; Silver Pencilied Rocks; Buff Rocks; Partridge Rocks; Exchequer Leghorns
Red Bronze Turkeys; Guineas; Pekin & Runner ducks; India Blue Peafowl; Tolouse and Embden Geese!
National Show Horses; Paint; Welsh x; GSD<3[rip my bestfriend]; 3 mutts; 2 cats; 2 Sheep
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post #8 of 11

I used a large white vinegar plastic bottle as a feeder and that seems to work very well.  The plastic is sturdier than milk containers.

post #9 of 11

I like to use the heavier gauge plastic also.  I put their grit and crushed oyster and egg shells in them and use the more traditional feeders for the main feed.

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post #10 of 11

Cool idea, I never thought to use the milk bottles for that. Thanks for bringing it up.

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