Plastic tote chicken porthole feeder. Success or failure?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Galeann, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. Galeann

    Galeann Chirping

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    I am considering making a plastic tote chicken porthole feeder. I have searched the feeding and watering forum and have done a basic search using different words. I have seen the bucket porthole feeders - hanging type and set up on blocks. I welcome advice and pictures similar to my idea. And FYI, I have 7 regular sized chickens. 5 hens and 2 roosters. Yes i know the hen to rooster ratio is not what it should be, but it is working. Al is a very good senior rooster keeping his flock managed.
     
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  2. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Crowing

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    Good morning. I am in the process of diy a PVC pipe feeder in my coop. In my current coop situation a tote would be to bulky. Best of luck with your build, let us know how it goes if you make it.
     
  3. Ted_Harrell

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    Maybe you can show some pictures of the final product or maybe someone else who already has one can chime in?
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I think @wamtazlady has a tote with PVC fitting feeder?
     
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  5. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Crowing

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    No, I only use the tote for water, not feed.
     
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  6. BGcoop

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    I made one from a shoebox sized plastic tote- cut a few holes in the sides for their heads to go in- for when we had chicks this spring. I thought it worked quite well, it kept any rain water out of the food, the chicks couldn’t poo in the food nearly as easy(they did stand on top and poo on the lid however) and there was much less spilling. It did take the chicks a little while to figure it out though and they (and my family for some unknown reason) preferred the open feeders so ours kind of slowly fell out of use.
     
  7. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Crowing

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    Why do you want to use a tote, instead of a bucket?

    I have 3 buckets, 1 in the coop and 2 in the run, for 24 chickens. If you do a Google search, it will bring up some that are made from a tote. I don't know if it will lead you to reviews, or help answer questions you have about using a tote.
     
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  8. Club cramahe coop

    Club cramahe coop In the Brooder

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    I made a plastic tote feeder and love it. It is clear so I can see the contents and has a lid that locks so they can’t open it. I put 4 -4” pvc fittings in and it was so easy to do and holds 3-4 weeks feed for my 11 girls.
    I’ll post a pic tomorrow.
     
  9. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Crowing

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    Would like to see!
     
  10. Galeann

    Galeann Chirping

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    Thanks for replying. I'm thinking of using a tote to create more floor space between chicken feet while feeding - to keep the chickens spread out while they're eating. One of my 4 week old chicks was trampled under the chicken feeder. I assume it happened because all of the chickens were crowding around the feeder.
     

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