New feeding station, what do you think?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by RonP, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    2014 started off badly for me health wise, in and out of the hospital, sometimes for days straight.

    Flock had enough supplies to last a week without maintenance, thought they would be fine, and they always were, except once, when I was confined for 9 days straight unexpectedly.

    Had to have my daughter travel 2 hours just to feed my birds...

    With all my down time, I came up with this idea for an extended indoor feeding station. I just built it this weekend.

    Mind you, the flock spends their waking time, and eats, 90% outdoors, in an enclosed secure run.
    I feed them fermented feed whenever possible...

    I built this mostly for peace of mind, and as a backup.


    Three stations, 3" PVC pipes with Y fitting. Concrete 16" paver block for nail and beak maintenance. It is sitting on 2 8" cinder blocks, I use deep litter.


    Middle station is for feed. Picture shows the reserve, a 5 gallon reused water bottle with the funnel, a cutoff of another 5 gallon water bottle for extra reserve. It will easily hold 30+ pounds. It probably will last well over a month, if used exclusively. This reserve empties straight down into the middle feeder.


    Above shows the 3 stations. Far left holds Grit, middle holds Feed, far right holds Crushed Oyster shells. Far left and right are capped. 2 foot pipe probably holds over a years supply of grit and oyster shell.


    Another picture of the feed reserve, I'm pretty sure I put close to 40 pounds in there.
    The reserve just sits in place, no nails or glue.
    Everything can come apart easily if needed.

    It's only been 2 days, but this seems to be working well [​IMG].

    Just thought I would share in case someone else needed ideas.
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  2. Monguire

    Monguire Songster

    May 18, 2014
    Manassas, VA
    That is VERY cool! Nice use of those big ol' water bottles! So how much of a pain is it to fill? Do you have to take the bottle out to fill?
  3. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    Very easy to fill.

    The top bottle is actually a large funnel, open on top.

    I just pour a scoop full of feed into it.

    I stop when "funnel" is filled, as it is in the picture.

    It couldn't be any easier.
  4. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Songster

    Jun 10, 2014
    Nice idea with the bottle.

    I've got a similar setup, but had to add little 2" extensions to the part of the WYE the chickens stick their heads in for food...they were managing to flick a little out. May not be a problem with your birds, but keep an eye out.
  5. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    I see no waste at all as yet, but thanks for the heads up.
  6. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Songster

    Aug 28, 2014
    Oakland, CA
    My Coop
    I love low maintenance free-feeding like this. Ideal for those who want to enjoy their chickens while cutting down on daily chores.
  7. jonalisa

    jonalisa Codswallop!

    May 28, 2013
    My Coop
    Hey, nice job, I really like the design.[​IMG]
  8. WendyF

    WendyF Songster

    Jun 9, 2014
    Spokane, WA
    My Coop
    This is a really great idea! I hope your year ends better than it started. Thank you for sharing.
  9. RonP

    RonP Crowing

  10. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    One less thing to worry about.

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