Feeder - 2 Dustpans and 3.5" PVC

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jazzpurr, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. jazzpurr

    jazzpurr In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2007
    SO...I got sick and tired of the Galvanized bucket-trough feeder and tried this.

    I removed the handle from the first dustpan so they wouldn't perch
    on it, then mounted it to the board with three right angle metal brackets.
    The PCV mounted easily to the wall above.
    The key to making it work is the distance from the bottom of the
    tube to the top edge of the dustpan.
    Also the dustpan is a perfect shape. It is not flat like a plate
    but has an angled depth to it that holds the feed perfectly but forces
    it to slide forward and away from the tube.
    Purely and accidental design discovery.
    I had a little problem with the feed spilling backwards onto the
    My wife picked up the second dustpan (which was just a backup
    in case our first attempt failed) and positioned it as you see.
    It works perfectly and they went right over to it. I watched them eat and
    the feed fell out exactly as I hoped.
    That is a 3.5 " PVC x 3 FT long. It took at least 6 scoops of feed. That is
    enough for the 13 hens for the entire day or longer.
    It took about 45 minutes to put together.
    It cost about $6.00

  2. siz8003

    siz8003 Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    [​IMG] i think i may do that!
  3. very creative idea.... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I think this is one I might have to try....

    Will have to see how well it works with the ducks and geese too...Maybe make there feedings a little cleaner....

    Thanks for posting this...
  4. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    Conklin, Michigan
    Very cool idea!
  5. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    it looks like the feed level is high and a lot could be wasted, but it is a great idea, and if feed is wasted, it could eaisly be modified.
  6. jazzpurr

    jazzpurr In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2007
    I am going to watch it closely to see about the feed waste.
    But I think height adjustment of the whole assembly would fix it.
  7. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Songster

    Mar 6, 2008
    East Tennessee
    I have had my mind on a PVC type feeder. This will be very helpful. [​IMG] I had been thinking on a 6" so it will hold extra feed then possibly a hopper above. Thanks for posting this idea.
  8. LauraSBale

    LauraSBale Songster

    That's Cool [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2008
  9. Very Cool! [​IMG] Gonna give it a try!!
  10. Very clever, I can adapt this...[​IMG]

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