New Bucket Feeders

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by NellaBean, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

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    I made three new bucket feeders last night. Super easy and each holds about 50lbs of feed.

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    I used plain ol 5 gallon buckets from Walmart (or TSC, Home Depot, Lowes, ETC) - $2 each
    Plain lids (not shown) - $1 each
    Hog pans (from TSC) - $4 each
    3/8" bolts, washes, screws - $0.67 per feeder's worth

    So here are my $8 feeders. Not bad considering a 30lb feeder is at least $20 these days. I made all 3 for less than $25.

    I screwed the pans to the buckets but left about a 2inch gap between them....and drilled out 2" holes in the bottom of each bucket so the feed could run straight into the pan. Super easy. The higher pan keeps the birds from billing it out.......today is the first day of use so I'll let you know how it goes.
     
  2. beth59

    beth59 Out Of The Brooder

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    Looks like a great idea! Look forward to seeing how well they work. We made some PVC tube feeders a few weeks ago and are liking how they're working for us.


    Beth
     
  3. Feather_wrangler

    Feather_wrangler Out Of The Brooder

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    These do look much easier to make.
     
  4. BluBug

    BluBug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] GREAT Idea & work~Thanks ! [​IMG]
     
  5. Fluffy2

    Fluffy2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They look great. Sorry for this dumb question, but, are you going to put them down on the ground/floor of coop or will they hang from the wood structure you have in photo? I am Newbie so I get to ask a dumb one, right? [​IMG]
     
  6. Fluffy2

    Fluffy2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Because mine are sitting on the pan edge with their butts to the bucket and pooping all over the food.
     
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:Not a dumb question. I was wondering the same thing.
     
  8. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

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    I have done both. I have one hanging in the coop and don't have any problems. I used to have one sitting on a salt block feeder (for horses) in the garage area and didn't have any problems there either. My chickens have plenty of other things to roost on [​IMG]
     
  9. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I am gonna make some of these! Those dang bucket feeders just do not have a high enough lip.

    Thank you, Nella!
     
  10. ky-chicken-farmer

    ky-chicken-farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    really nice feeders!!! I use some similar homemade feeders and only have 7 bucks in each of mine.
     

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