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a home made chicken feeder I can trust

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by L*A*G*, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
    I might be going out of town for 3 days at thanksgiving.
    Do you know of the simplest automatic chicken feeder
    to feed them while I'm gone. I really need a way to feed
    them for a simple 3 days.

    Thank for reading
  2. flakey chick

    flakey chick Songster

    May 3, 2007
    How big is your flock? Perhaps a Dog feeder?
  3. mlmadura

    mlmadura Songster

    May 1, 2008
    I have 7 pullets. I can leave them for 4 or 5 days at a time.

    I have a bird feeder that holds 5 lbs - i modified it by making the openings a little larger so the layer pellets can come out easily.
    I fill this up and then put another 2- 3 lbs in a dish in their pen.
    Sometimes I will leave baby watermelons or pumkins so they will peck at that if they are bored and not eat all their food up. [​IMG]

    Then I set up my 5 gallon waterer that I made out of a plastic tub and 5 gallon paint bucket.

    This has worked very well and we travel ALOT!!
  4. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Songster

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    Check out Omrans homemade feeder under building coops and construction He used a 5 gallon white bucket that he cut I am going to try them as well.
    its under coop designs and construction homade feeder cost $00.00
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  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Hubby made me two feeders out of 5 gal. buckets with lids, that what we use when we have to be gone for the weekends and we know they won't be out of feed...We just placed 3 cut out holes around the bucket 2 or 3 inches from the bottom, fill the buckets to the brim, add the lid and it gradually flows down into a bigger metal pan I got at TSC or any feed store. Just adjust your bucket to the size pan you can get.
  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    I made this one from 4" PVC pipe.

    Its about 4 ft tall and will hold 20 lbs. of pellets. If you need more capacity, simply increase the length of the vertical pipe.

  7. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
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  8. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Songster

    Jan 14, 2008
    N.E Ohio- Suffield
    Go to the learning center at the top of every page and check out the how to section and look up feeding. I made a wood one as seen in the photos that holds 25 lbs of feed. I only have to feed once a week. I had to set it on 2 bricks to keep the wood chips out of the feed trough.
  9. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    I built an automatic feeder from the design on the learning page. I've been using it with NO PROBLEMS on a flock of 14 since April. It's the first picture toward the top of the page.

    Here's the link:


    Plus, it's cheap.

    Last edited: Nov 20, 2008
  10. mlmadura

    mlmadura Songster

    May 1, 2008
    This is the same waterer I use when we go out of town.[​IMG]

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