Down spout automatic feeder

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Ryan James, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. Ryan James

    Ryan James Out Of The Brooder

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    This is my take on a automatic feeder. The two hold close to 20 pounds of feed and cost about $20. They just shy of six feet tall
     

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  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    That will work----if your chickens are not like my friends. I got several friends that built the PVC feeders like these---the chickens just dumped all the feed on the dirt---all of them but one quit using them. He still uses his because the fill part is outside his chicken pen and he just pours enough feed in them for a daily feeding. Good Luck
     
  3. kwhites634

    kwhites634 Father Time Premium Member

    I made something similar that works on the same principle, from 4" PVC
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    Since this picture was taken, I've added a 4" extension to the feeding port, virtually eliminating the wasting of feed (birds can't rake it out nearly as much). I can see where this will be a problem with yours. I use a 2 1/2 gal. bucket to carry feed in; takes about 1 3/4 buckets to refill every 3-4 days for 8 LF birds. I keep a cap over the "Y" at night to keep rats out, & a rubber cap over the top end to keep weather out.

    The only real problem I have is refilling. I use a standard sized feed scoop, which will spill feed on the ground if I'm not careful. I tried using a funnel, but the spout just backed up with my pelleted feed, so I put up with the aggravation.
     
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  4. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Pick you up one of these or similar---remove the innards and you want have any problems with this "Funnel" clogging.

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    Or just go to tractor supply and get one of these and saw off a few inches of the spout part to make the hole bigger.
    https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/flotool-giant-funnel?cm_vc=-10005
     
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  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Or adapt a gallon jug. Or a plant pot, or make one out of 12" metal flashing.... or...
     
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  6. kwhites634

    kwhites634 Father Time Premium Member

    Or just continue to pour a bit slower; it's not like I have anywhere to be at any particular time :D

    How ya been, LG? Life treating you good?
     
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