Trash Can Feeder Holds Up To 20 Lbs Of Feeds

By MIKE555444 · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. MIKE555444
    I made this feeder for less than $10 bucks and it holds amost 20 lbs feed
    The one thing I changed after these pictures were taken was I blocked part of the hole at the bottom
    I made it about 1/2" wide and that fixed the wasting of the feed :)
    This five dollar 5 gal trash can worked perfect for the "holding tank" part of this feeder. The lid covers the top and prevent the food from getting dirty while also proving easy access to refill. I suggest about an 1/2" wide slit around the bottom to let the food fill the tray. Then snip off the bottom of the two dollar clothes basket and attach it to the bottom using a blot with washers on bothe sides. Please note that the string attached to the lid is only to keep the feeder from getting knocked off the block. It will not support the weight of the feeder filled with food. Good Luck!
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  1. gailmaison
    ...or...just slip the cut off part over the whole contraption and that would do the same thing !
  2. bigredfeather
    To prevent wasted feed, do you think a person could cut the laundry basket off a little higher up, and screw the longer tabs back to the trash can. I'd think it would create nice "slots" for them to stick their head thru to get the feed, and they wouldn't be able to waste any feed.
  3. Rich386
    Always amased at the ideas that people come up with.
    Great job!!!
  4. MIKE555444
    Believe it or not they are able to get some of the food out into the floor.... I have since added a 2" deep square wooden box to catch any spillage
  5. MIKE555444
    Ok... I posted this in June of 2010 and it's now June 2013 and this is still in use as my feeder for my largest flock. :)
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  6. Troop1379
    I love this my chickens dump their food out all the time. They will not be able to dump this out
  7. Dan S
    Great idea. I was thinkin you could just run the line though the handles and if fashioned right it should support the weight to keep it off the ground and keep the lid tight.
  8. LaynaDon95
    Those are good ideas.
  9. BeautyBuffs
    Possible other use for the remaining basket part is to protect a plant from small animals. I have had to be inventive with materials on hand to protect fresh plants from courious dogs and my sister is down syndrome and has seriously impared vision, by putting objects around the plants it allows her the freedom to be in the yard to play with her seeing eye dog and can make out the shapes around the plants without putting her in harms way of a fall.
  10. brebre8
    She / He probably used it for a chick protector when chicks are just old enough to be in an adult coop they need protection from roosters and broody hens.
  11. LaynaDon95
    What did you do with the leftovers from the laundry basket?
  12. Chickadel
    Love this!
  13. mamahensantore
    That is a great idea. I love being able to use every-day items for new things. Thanks for the inspiration.... :)

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