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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by daisydo, Sep 19, 2013.
Love Love Love it!!! About 14 bucks and it will hold about 40 pounds of feed... Yahooooo!
Glad you made something that works.I experimented trying to make one out of plastic buckets. They either couldn't get the feed out or I had it all over the ground.Finally broke down and just bought a 7 pound plastic feeder. Holds enough to feed 3 for a week. Also found they don't waste pellets like they did crumbles. I guess they can see the pellets on the ground, they wouldn't eat the crumbles after they hit the ground.
Yeah, I'm pretty happy about it! I really wanted a metal one, but refused to spend the money the feed and seed stores sell them for. This seems to work well so far.. I have 7 chicks, so this will feed them for a while. I love the lid, makes it so easy!! I have a friend that has 50 chickens, he wants me to make 3 of them for him.. lol
Love it. What did you use for the bottom of it? How is it all secured? Details... I'll take 2 to go please!
X2. What size holes & how many? The devil is in the details.
Well for the bottom, I found a beat up trash can lid when I bought the trash can at Home Depot, they just gave it to me..But I just made 3 of them for a friend that has about 50 chickens, I used the draining saucers that you use under a planter.. I cut the bottom of the trash can out, but left about 1 1/2" lip. I drilled 3 holes through the drain pan and the bottom lip of the bucket at the same time so they would be lined up. I used 4" long 5/16" carriage bolts, 6 3/16 washers, and then 3 nuts to secure. I ran the bolts through the bottom of the drain pan, up through the can. You can use pvc pipe cut into 3 3" pieces for spacers.Run bolt through the pvc piece, this will keep the space between the pan and the can. Works like a charm!!! Will hold about 35 pounds of grain. I love mine, and he loves the ones I made for him...
I used a 3/8 drill bit to drill holes for the bolts..
These are very nice!
Thanks!!! It was a cheap alternative to buying a metal one..I love the locking lid, and that it has the handle to hang..
Thanks for the details!
Every time I built a bucket feeder I bored holes in the side around the bottom but it never worked satisfactorily. Now I see dispensing from the bottom is the key to it.
1 more ??? Do the 3" spacers allow the proper amount of feed to dispense, it doesn't overflow and the birds bill it out all over the place?