Inexpensive, quick feed trough

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by vsmenagerie, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. vsmenagerie

    vsmenagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought a 10' piece of gutter and cut it into 3 sections. We attached it to two boards, on either end, and then put a place for the chickens to stand, by putting another board on the other end of the two boards. I drilled some holes in the gutter since its not covered, so it wont hold water. We have two in the run right now, and I use them for their feed and some treats, since I was not liking everything going on the ground. So far, they are working really well! the only thing I will be changing, is I will be adding some blocks under the gutter piece, to raise it up a little bit.

    The gutter cost me $6, the ends are $2 each. We used scrap wood, so that was free. Nice cheap feeders that the chickens seem to love! I think Im going to try making one of the PVC ones soon!

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  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Love it!!!! The only thing you might try is mounting it a little higher so then don't have to bend over so far. I find if they eat in a more upright position, it discourages wasteful habits, like beaking the feed around. Just a thought.

    Love the application. Kudos.
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Wow that's really nice!!! And I was just reading that if you keep the food off the ground it helps prevent worm reinfestation. (Not that YOU have problems with worms, but I have recently.)
     
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  4. vsmenagerie

    vsmenagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fred's Hens :

    Love it!!!! The only thing you might try is mounting it a little higher so then don't have to bend over so far. I find if they eat in a more upright position, it discourages wasteful habits, like beaking the feed around. Just a thought.

    Love the application. Kudos.

    Yep, once my husband is home from work next week, we'll be raising the gutter some [​IMG] Going to add a block of wood under each end, just need to decide how far up I want to go.

    Thanks! they were really quick to put together and its nice having more room for the flock at feeding times!​
     
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Excellent !!!! I love it !!!! [​IMG] Good job! [​IMG]
     
  6. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is a GREAT idea...we are going to try this one.......[​IMG]
     
  7. vsmenagerie

    vsmenagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Its really easy! We just winged it with measurements. I need to finish up the 3rd one. I really like them though and I havent seen anyone throwing feed out of them. I made sure the get the gutter that has the lip on it, to help that.
     
  8. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    Great idea! [​IMG] DH and I have a piece of gutter that is used for oyster shell it's installed on the inside of the door to our coop.
     
  9. vsmenagerie

    vsmenagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I should do that! they keep knocking over the little feeder thing I put the oyster shell in! Which is quite annoying lol

    The guy at Lowes was funny. I asked if they could cut it up for me, and he was like: Sure, why? I said: Oh, Im making chicken feeders! He gave me the WEIRDEST look [​IMG]
     
  10. Schwartzfarmnc

    Schwartzfarmnc Chillin' With My Peeps

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