looking for an old time feeder

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by scooter147, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    Not too long ago I had an old feeder for my adult chickens that I just loved, I ended up having to get rid of it as it finally rust through.

    I will try to describe this the best I can and I am sure some of the "old timers" will know what I am talking about.

    Ok...the feed bin was approximately 18 inches of the ground with a wire slotted cover to keep the chickens out but allow them to stick their head in to feed. Iwas about 3 feet or so long. The feeder had two perches on either side that too were about 18 inches off the ground. The hens had to hop up on the perch to feed. The feed bin was also far enough from the perch that it prevented the hens from flicking the feed out but still feed.

    I loved this feeder, it was the only feeder I ever owned that basically had no waste.

    Anyone know where I might find one?
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2008
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Best of luck finding one. The last one I saw of these was when we were pushing over the last part standing of one of the chicken barns and there were a few that were nearly completely rusted out in it from the 50's.

    But perhaps you could make one! Doesn't seem like it would be too hard to do. Maybe a purchased hopper type feeder mounted on a mini picnic table like structure?
  3. PAChickenChick

    PAChickenChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2008
    Quote:This is NOT my feeder...I just searched for images and came across this...it sounds like what you mean except this appears to be wood instead of metal...but you could prolly duplicate it easily enough.... even put a roof over it for outside.

    Last edited: Aug 20, 2008
  4. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    That is an AWESOME feeder!!! For free range birds that is really nice, too big for my coop although I guess the idea could be scaled down considerably but really nice style! Good luck finding one, this is the first I've ever seen and truthfully I would have thought it was some kind of homemade magazine rack had I seen it in a flea market, loL!..might have painted it and used it as one!!! [​IMG]
  5. dakotasnake

    dakotasnake Out Of The Brooder

    May 21, 2008
    nice feeder, only problem i see with it is my birds would sit on it and poop on there food, idesigned and built a poop proof feeder recently that works great and holds a wks supply. i will try to get a pic of it when i figger out this new camera.
  6. greyhorsewoman

    greyhorsewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Endless Mts, NE PA
    Like this?


    I had one of these years ago and sold it when we moved and wouldn't be having chickens for some time. I was thinking about it recently and wondering if we could build a similar one when I came across this at our local auction ($25.00 ~~ whoohoo).

    It is the best feeder!~ I really like the pic of the wooden built one, too. Will have to keep that for future reference.

    Good luck in your search!
  7. Swamp Roo

    Swamp Roo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2008
    SW FL
    I'd say chickens would have hard time sitting on it. The top looks like it spins. Judging by the nails sticking out the top, there used to be a fourth slat as well. Nice design, you can still pour right through the slats into the bin. Might have to build one of those...

  8. Mr_Jeff

    Mr_Jeff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2008
    Durand, MI
    I know what you are talking about. We have an old chicken barn with four or five still in it. These ones are about ten feet long though. More of a commercial application.
  9. oandrea

    oandrea Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 24, 2008
    DFW, Texas
    Quote:I really like that! It reminds me of the feeder my mom and dad made when they were raising pigeons. HMMM I think Imight try to convince my DH to make something like that.
  10. fullhouse

    fullhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2008

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