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My new trough feeder (Product Review)

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by UncleHoot, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. UncleHoot

    UncleHoot Songster

    May 22, 2007
    St. Johns, Michigan
    I bought this 48" trough feeder from Meyer hatchery this spring for my meat birds. It was a bit pricey (esp. including shipping), but it sounded like it would get the job done. And, well, I'm pretty happy with it. No, I'm not getting any kickbacks from Meyer, but if I find a good product, I don't mind spreading the word.

    They also have a 60" version.

    It holds around 15-20 lbs of feed, although I haven't actually weighed it.
    Feed waste is minimal, because of how the sides turn inward.
    The chickens generally have to stand when eating (that's a plus), unless or until they get big enough to lean over the edge while sitting.
    The PVC reel works great as a handle, and even when full, you don't have to worry about the pipe bending or breaking (and if it did somehow break, simply buy a new piece of pipe).

    I didn't glue mine together, as suggested, and if I'm not careful, it comes apart, spilling feed all over. I'm still trying to think of a better alternative that doesn't involve glue. But if you follow directions, you may have better results in that regard.
    The reel is PVC, but the trough is made of rather brittle corrugated plastic. The first one that was shipped to me arrived with the end of the trough all busted up, but they promptly sent me a replacement. It's not something you'd want to drop onto concrete, but for normal use, it's probably unlikely to be a problem.

    But like I said, I'm quite happy with it, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. It seems like a good design, and with feed prices as high as they are, it may even pay for itself by limiting feed waste.

  2. Peruvian

    Peruvian Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Looks like an updated version of the 24" galvanized trough I use for chicks.
  3. adoptedbyachicken

    adoptedbyachicken Crowing Premium Member

    Looks to me like something that can be home made easy out of material that will withstand dropping and would last longer. But I agree, looks like a good design.
  4. I made a few out of some (free) gutters i got.
  5. deb1

    deb1 Songster

    Jun 26, 2008
    Thank you for posting that.[​IMG]
  6. pdpatch

    pdpatch Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Hastings, Nebraska
    We made our out of 1x4 and 1x6 wood, most are 48 " long, and are 4 inches or 6 inches wide. I made the ends so I could but the bar on top but did get that far before we started using them.

    We do have one metal one, we seem to have less waste with troughs then hanging feeders.

  7. Quote:Oh man, that's all I ever see when I see trough feeders... GUTTERS! I was thinking of doing the same thing.. glad I'm not the only one!

  8. willheveland

    willheveland Songster

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    I like gutters too,but then "I'm a cheapskate" Will
  9. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    Conklin, Michigan
    Thanks for the review, I was wondering how those would work.
  10. English

    English In the Brooder

    Aug 1, 2008
    I made my own. I took a car tire with the rim still intact. Cut the tire the all the way around just below the center of the tread. Then I cut it loose from the bead. Works great and holds a 5 gallon bucket of feed. Only thing I had to modify is to cut it down about an inch shorter than I did original as the birds were catching their feathers on the wire that stuck out from the tire. Since shortening it I've had 0 problems.


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