100+lb capacity automatic chicken feeder with solar panel

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Urbanchicken62, Nov 21, 2015.

  1. Urbanchicken62

    Urbanchicken62 Out Of The Brooder

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    Started with a Moultrie deer feeder that has multiple feeding times and adjustable feed duration. The feeder uses a 6v rechargeable battery and is charged by the solar panel that I added.
    Used a galvanized trash can, a bucket , and a 30lb capacity chicken feeder.
    I cut the bottom out of the bucket and attached it to the top of the 30lb chicken feeder. It acts as a funnel when the deer feeder spins to deflect and drop the feed down into the chicken feeder.

    Built a feeder table to set the trash can on and attach the feeder underneath. Had to build the table with legs longer on one side due to chicken yard being on a slope. The deer feeder is set to feed for 10 seconds twice a day. Seems to be about right. Need to get that right so no feed is left at night. We have tons of raccoons that I would prefer not to feed.

    It took the chickens about 10 seconds to figure it out!




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    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

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  3. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's cool![​IMG]
     
  4. Marandaise

    Marandaise Out Of The Brooder

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    This is really cool!
     
  5. Urbanchicken62

    Urbanchicken62 Out Of The Brooder

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    So how do I link to another forum without duplicating the post?
     
  6. Urbanchicken62

    Urbanchicken62 Out Of The Brooder

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    Cut the feed time back to two feedings of 5 seconds each. May have to adjust back up as the girls get bigger but 10 seconds was way too much.
     
  7. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

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    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    That is pretty slick!!

    If you have coons, better lock that lid down up top.
     
  10. mirandaleecon

    mirandaleecon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is awesome! We built something similar just for storage, basically a trashcan on a table with a spout at the bottom. Yours is way better! How many chickens are you feeding? And can you let us know how much one trash-can full lasts you? We have about 25 chickens and it seems to last us about two weeks, although I'm not usually the one to fill it so I may be way off on that.
     

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