1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

milk jug feeders

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by AinaWGSD, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,429
    48
    173
    Apr 2, 2010
    Sullivan, IL
    I was wondering if anyone wanted to share pictures or instructions for their milk jug feeders. I have two, which are my main feeders (they do have a store-bought hanging feeder in the coop, but I only have to refill it maybe once a week or once every other week and it's never gone completely empty). I just cut a hole in the side several inches above the bottom and hang them off the fence with a carabiner. They work very well, but lately at least one of the two has been completely empty when I take them in at night and I have noticed a lot of feed spilled on the ground. I've tried hanging them so that the bottom is resting on the ground and so that the bottom is several inches above the ground and it doesn't seem to make a difference in the amount of waste. I'm just wondering if there's a more effective "design" or if wasted feed is just something I'll have to deal with if I want to continue using these kinds of feeders. I need to make another one (one of my two is looking very beat up) but before I take the time to cut a hole in another plastic jug I wanted to see if maybe I could do it differently so as to waste less feed.
     
  2. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    that is how I feed and water my breeding pens....it does waste some feed but every feeder I have ever used does
     
  3. birdbrain5

    birdbrain5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    686
    1
    131
    Aug 2, 2010
    id like to see pictures of these milk jug feeders! im having a hard time picturing them. [​IMG]
     
  4. Louise's Country Closet

    Louise's Country Closet Chillin' With My Peeps

    867
    4
    148
    Feb 5, 2010
    Garrison, MN
    I'd love to see pictures too! [​IMG]
     
  5. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,429
    48
    173
    Apr 2, 2010
    Sullivan, IL
    Here's a picture I shot this morning:

    [​IMG]

    You can also see one in this picture of the backside of my coop from last fall:

    [​IMG]

    I didn't have any pictures to go on when I made these, just cut a hole where it seemed to make sense. Like I said, they've worked well, I'm just wondering if there's something I could do differently for the next one to make them a little less wasteful.
     
  6. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    I've cut my milk jugs before and used them as feeders. I do caution anyone who uses them though, as I have had birds get stuck inside the jug, or get it stuck on their head, because they are easily flipped over and are very light weight. I've returned home to find a bird having one stuck on its head and having labored breathing from the shortage of air.

    They are a cheap, DIY alternative... but use caution.
     
  7. birdbrain5

    birdbrain5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    686
    1
    131
    Aug 2, 2010
    would it be safer to maybe mount it to a wall or fence rather than have it hanging? maybe that way they could flip it up over thier heads lol id like to try it, beats buying a ton of feeders when you have multiple pens. so does everyone notices a lot of waste with them tho?
     
  8. Ladymaran

    Ladymaran Out Of The Brooder

    43
    0
    21
    Aug 7, 2010
    I used a large white vinegar plastic bottle as a feeder and that seems to work very well. The plastic is sturdier than milk containers.
     
  9. obaan1

    obaan1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    334
    1
    116
    Jun 9, 2010
    Great Lakes State
    I like to use the heavier gauge plastic also. I put their grit and crushed oyster and egg shells in them and use the more traditional feeders for the main feed.
     
  10. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    Cool idea, I never thought to use the milk bottles for that. Thanks for bringing it up.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by