Golf Ball Feeder

By kcwazzu · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. kcwazzu
    Golf Ball Feeder
    The ball stays in place with a cage made of u-bolts.
    Inside view
    Outside View
    Bottom view
    Complete View
    I used 3 inch pcv pipe, 2 45% elbows, 1 end cap and 1 4inch to 3 inch adapter at the filling end. I don't recall what size the u-bolts are as I had them laying around.
    The general idea is to allow the ball some up and down movement but not to get completely away from the hole. The outside view picture shows how much play there is. I use crumble, for pellets I suppose you would want to increase the play. The chickens peck at the ball and a small amount of food spills out for them to eat off the ground. I haven't seen rodents in my run since I made this thing.
    I was worried at first that the girls wouldn't figure it out but as soon as one did a few hours later they all had it down. I'm thinking about modifying it to hold more feed as I get about 6 days and would like to get at least 7 days between it and the feeder I have inside the coop.
    Inside feeder

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  1. horsnsport
  2. lonnyandrinda
    I love it! We already bought some PVC to do a similar feeder as the one you run inside your coop- do you feel you still get a lot of waste/spillage from it? Also do you have a link about how you have your water system set up? Is that PEX tubing run to it? Do you have a storage tank or is it tied directly in line with a water source? How do the chickens get water when it freezes up? Sorry for all the questions- we are wrapping up building our first coop and are really trying to wrap our heads around the BEST (i.e. easiest, least maintenance) way to do it.

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