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waterproof gravity feeder that costs $0 to make :)

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kathrync, Nov 10, 2015.

  1. kathrync

    kathrync Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2013
    I thought I'd share this in case it helps anyone else.

    We've had some big rainstorms out here on the west coast, and my traditional, open-top-hanging-gravity feeder is no good in that kind of weather. I tried finding a cover for my feeder, but they are not 100% waterproof because of the hole in the top so it can hang.

    I've been scouring the interwebs trying to find a CHEAP solution that doesn't involve PVC pipe and tools I don't have. Finally, I found this:

    Genius, don't you think?? Most people could find this stuff around their house or get it for free from a friend. I have a cat and I buy cat litter anyway. The only tools needed are a utility knife and a drill. I'm thinking about attaching a plastic lip of some kind over the opening to make it even more waterproof. Going to make two of these today!
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2015
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    I would modify it to cut the amount of waste from billing out of feed -- the way it is shown there has a lot of potential for feed waste. Other than that, great idea!
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Yep, higher lips at bottom of openings might help.
  4. RJSorensen

    RJSorensen Chicken George

    Everyones conditions and birds require some custom fitting to make it work right. It would seem that you are on the right track for sure. As you use your design, if you are like most of us, Rev. B and or C will fit your personal needs better yet. Wasting feed is certainly a deal breaker for many of us and anyway you can find or do to reduce such is a moral victory for sure. I feed in coop, so I don't have a weather problem, but do have a constant fight with billing. Some of my ladies are, I am sure, pigs with wings.

    Should you get a good working combination figured out, share a picture or two and some text to go with it. BYC is a great place to get and give information.

    Best to you and your birds,

  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop

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