Feed bag based feeder - Bag Collar Feeder

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by xC0000005, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. xC0000005

    xC0000005 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I was going to make a shopping bag out of a feed bag, and then I started thinking about how my large can based feeder,and my plastic bucket based feeder were all about holding the feed in place to slide down a ramp. So the next time I was in home depot I picked up 51 cents worth of cull lumber and a couple of 2x4 cutoffs, and I made this. I'd say "Look at the new feeder I built!" but if I've learned anything from keeping bees, it's that everything I invent has been invented at least four times before. Regardless, here's what I call a "Bag Collar" feeder, because the base just acts as a collar and slide for the food. I'm the worst wood worker on earth and even I could build this, so I guess it can't be that hard.

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    Note that the tolerances aren't too demanding - I sized this for a 30lb bag, and this is a 50lb bag in it.

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    You can drop the feed bag into place, reach up and zip the string out. In reality it's just a square version of the round mason jar feeders everyone gets from the feed store which last about two weeks. But it's cheap. (cheep?). I don't bother cutting an angle on the slide - it isn't going to catch enough feed to matter, all that matters for this to work is that the bag mouth needs to be angled toward the slot.

    I'm pretty confident a better build of this would use a taller back piece but you go to war with the cull lumber you have. For fifty cents I can live with it.
     
  2. erthymom2

    erthymom2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i love it! i have a feeder i made kinda like this but i mounted it onto the side wall of my coop - it has lasted a year now and i was going to build another but will try this one instead. I think if i set it onto a pallet it will further keep mess up off the floor too.
    Great DIY!!
     

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