Homemade bucket feeders-anyone had problems with crumble feed flowing?

Tuffoldhen

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jan 30, 2007
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84
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WV
I have a homemade bucket feeder I use for my main flock and have no problems with crumbles or pellets coming out.
 

C&Rman

Songster
8 Years
Feb 26, 2011
703
3
129
Nevada
Thank you.... I too was in need to know that. Also does anyone have any pics? I am not sure how to build one!
 

gale65

Songster
9 Years
Aug 19, 2010
1,875
31
161
north central indiana
My Coop
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Did a quick search and found these:

thread with a few homemade feeders, including bucket feeders: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=322351

about
the flow problem, if there is one: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=356217

And
this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXW-4dHtPPs

I
don't know if 2" holes would be too big. I guess it depends on the size of the bottom pan. I do think I might put a cone in it just in case, or can make one quick if it doesn't flow. My husband has lots of metal stuff lying around and could make one pretty easily. I think. It's important for it to flow well for next summer when we go on vacation and have someone coming and checking on them.
 
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nightshade

Songster
12 Years
Mar 19, 2007
703
5
169
Jonestown Pa , Columbia County
I took a large funnel like you would use for oil (short and fat) and screwed it to the inside of the bucket point up and just covered the end hole with duck tape. Works great ! I could take some pics of it tomorrow if you need.
 

Nardo

Free Ranging
5 Years
Sep 26, 2014
745
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North Texas
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I'm looking for an answer before I post but either it's not here or (more likely) I'm not seeing it. I have three pullets 9-12 weeks and I made a feeder following some pics. It is awesome-the feed stays dry-it is easy to fill-etc. But. They won't stick their heads into the PVC pipe to get to the food. I sprinkled some right up to it and even into the pipe and they peck all around and seem oblivious to the pipe opening that is 1/4" from their beaks. The pipe is 2" round and almost at ground level. Anyone else see this happen? I could put a larger (3") pipe elbow in, but it looks quite large enough for them already - it seems like they can't connect the pipe with the food...this is going on 6 days. maybe it takes longer?
 

CliffB

Songster
5 Years
Oct 5, 2014
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294
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Georgia
You can sort of see my bucket feeder here. The base is just some plywood with 1x2's nailed around the base and holes drilled at the bottom of the bucket. If the food doesn't flow smoothly through the holes they just poke their head in and get it moving again.


 

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