Make your own - No waste - 5 gallon (25# feed) bucket feeder for about $3

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jimmywalt, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. RAnst4038

    RAnst4038 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2014
    Jacobus, Pa
    Dang [​IMG] Dang [​IMG] Dang [​IMG] I used the long radius street elbow instead of the short perfect 90* like chad-O showed!
    That B-OTCH Rosa Klebb is shoveling as much out of this as the trough! And though there are 3 separate stations she only removes her hog head to peck anyone who tries to feed at the other two! Do not use any fitting that has any radius! Only the perfect 90 vent ell chad-O showed!

    Last edited: Aug 4, 2014
  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Anyone manage to get this to work with both bantams and large fowl?

    Maybe easier to set up two separate stations?
  3. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Also, it looks like you'll are using different diameters, from 2.5" to 4", as well as slightly different angles.

    Are some more apt to result in no waste than others?

    Or, is the biggest point to follow "one inch from the bottom."?
  4. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine works with both bantams, regular sized chickens (adolescent and adult) and Guineas... I set the feeder on a ledge so that some of the feeders were closer to the ground for the bantams but even the full sized fowl use the lower feeders and the bantams stretch to the higher ones so I doubt it's necessary if it's set to a 'medium' height... I went from food all over the place to pretty much zero waste overnight... My Guineas were horrible they were tossing food everywhere, almost like it was a game, now that is over...

    I used a larger plastic storage bin, and the 4" (aka 3.5") drainage street elbows cut down just like 'TheGeekySheep' did in post three, the cut end of the elbow hovers about 3/4" above the bottom of the bin I believe... I'll take some measurements and pictures later if I get a chance...
  5. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2013
    The 3 inch has worked flawlessly for me, the one inch off the bottom I believe is more important as well as having it high enough so they have to stretch a little to get it.
  6. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    Alaskan, I'd say that the biggest difference comes from the height difference between the lowest part of the opening that thy put their head through, and the highest point on the inside from which the feed pours into range for them. You should keep that distance as big as possible with your smallest bird.
  7. topdycke

    topdycke Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2012
    Magnolia, Texas
    have had it in place four months and not a grain billed out
  8. MonTXChickens

    MonTXChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2014
    Montgomery, TX
    When you fill it up, how much does it take?
  9. MadAngler

    MadAngler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2014
    My Coop

    I'm not sure. I bought a standard bag of food. I think it was 50 pounds. I filled the bucket about 2 1/2 times.
  10. MonTXChickens

    MonTXChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2014
    Montgomery, TX
    I'll have to find someone with cats and get an empty bucket. I think I'm going to make a trashcan size feeder for food in the big pen but am thinking this might work for oyster shells

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