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No Waste Quail Feeder

Discussion in 'Quail' started by capobeach, May 4, 2016.

  1. capobeach

    capobeach New Egg

    Aug 24, 2013
    My quails were wasting so much feed I had to come up with something. I saw the shoe-box type, but I wanted something that would hold more feed an not take up too much space horizontally in the coop. I used a Costco pretzel barrel and PVC pipe. I've published an Instructable here http://www.instructables.com/id/No-Waste-Quail-Feeder/
    Four or Six can feed at a time, depending on how many holes you make. It's working out quite well, and I just thought I'd share my design.
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  2. abot87

    abot87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow that's a brilliant idea. [​IMG]
    My quail are also considerably wasteful with their feed.
    At least now I know of an affordable way to improve. Thanks!
  3. capobeach

    capobeach New Egg

    Aug 24, 2013
    Thanks! The one other benefit I didn't mention is that the food stays free of droppings as well, which is a plus. The other feeders I've used they manage to stand on top and get poop into the food, which I imagine is not good for their health.
  4. abot87

    abot87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can you add some more photos?

    Would like to see the feeder as a whole.
  5. paneubert

    paneubert Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 20, 2015
    There are a couple more at the link they posted. But I as well would like to see a little more. Especially the inserted vertical pipe that is used to fill it.
  6. capobeach

    capobeach New Egg

    Aug 24, 2013
    The hopper is like a sleeve attached between the top opening and the bottom of the barrel.
    It would have been better if I could have found something a bit wider so that it fit snugly in the mouth of the barrel.
    As you can see from the first picture below, there is about a 1/2 inch gap between them at the top, but it works fine.
    It is glued to the bottom of the barrel so it does not move. A 2-liter soda bottle inverted might actually work also instead of the ABS pipe.

    I had to experiment a bit with the holes at the bottom of the sleeve. At first they were a bit too shallow and not enough feed was coming out.
    The quail could still reach in and peck at the base to get feed, but I wanted it more free flowing so that they didn't have to try too hard once their head was through the hole.

    View from the top:


    Hope this helps!
    Last edited: May 5, 2016
  7. Oreo quail

    Oreo quail Out Of The Brooder

    May 5, 2016
    Central Virginia
    Very nice! I have a disposable food storage container that i cut holes in. It works with my 1 quail after I screwed the base to a board . Otherwise it was too light and kept getting tipped over. Now I find almost no wastage.

    I like the inner chute for more storage of food. How big are the inner diameters of the pipe sections?
  8. SEP Board

    SEP Board Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 7, 2016
    Very cool idea, thank you for sharing. I've been noticing how much food gets wasted so I'm going to be putting your idea to good use. Thank you again. [​IMG]
  9. capobeach

    capobeach New Egg

    Aug 24, 2013
    I initially just cut holes, but the plastic was a bit sharp and I was worried about the quail injuring themselves or damaging the feathers on their necks. The little collars of pvc are smooth and add a bit of a lip to help keep the food in the bin.

    The tube for the feed has an interior dimension of 4".
    For the ports the quail stick their heads through, I actually tried 3 different dimensions.
    First I used 1 1/2" pvc, but it was a bit large. The quail were able to still pull food through the hole as they were eating.
    I went down to 1" pvc next, but it was a bit small. They would stick their heads through but it seemed tight and they didn't like it.
    1 1/4" ended up being perfect. In the video I posted on the instructable linked above, you can see the quail have no issues with the size of the hole and freely use the feeder.

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