Weatherproof homeade feeder?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Tala, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I'm looking to make a rain-proofed feeder on the cheap.

    I searched and the only ones I found were super expensive 300# units. I'm only feeding 5 birds so that's not the route that I wanna go.

    However I've had it up to here with the rain!! Due to the rain I have been unable to tar my coop's tin roof so the former-nail holes leak pretty badly (weather is warm so the birds don't mind). I've just been putting out as much feed as they can eat in a day, but it's a PITA if you know what I mean, so I guess I should just make a feeder.
     
  2. jadeflower999

    jadeflower999 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We bought this waterer (http://www.flemingoutdoors.com/1gapofo.html ) from the local
    feed store and turned it into a feeder by cutting bigger holes so the feed comes out, then for a cover I bought a large plastic bottom for a potted plant and bolted it onto the top so it sticks out and covers the base of the feeder like a big umbrella. I live in Washington-it rains nonstop and this keeps my feed dry for my 3 hens. We also made hanging feeder/waterer out of these. I can post a picture if you'd like, I would now but I'm at work:) good luck!
     
  3. dacdeihl

    dacdeihl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built my feeder after reading it from another site. I don't have the source but it works great for me. very cheep as well.

    Take a rubber feed bucket that is about 14-16" wide and 3-4" high on the sides. Then take a five gallon bucket with lid. Cut out three holes at the base of the bucket equal distance apart. Make the holes about 3 inches wide and in the shape of a mouse hole. Screw or bolt the bucket onto the bottom of the rubber feed bucket. I used three and it still holds together.
    Place feed in bucket and it should pour easily from the holes.

    I use this as my indoor bucket but was playing with the idea of hanging one outside as well. I was going to make an umbrella looking object and put it over the top. Kind of like what you would see on a bird feeder to keep squirlls out.
    I hope this helps.
     
  4. archerobx

    archerobx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hope this helps
     
  5. 1stepcloser

    1stepcloser Poultry In Motion

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    I took a 5 gallon bucket, cut three holes in the sides for the chickens to access the food inside and bolted it to the side of their run off the ground about 8 inches. I just pop the lid off to refill. No spillage and rain stays out. [​IMG]
     
  6. sben451

    sben451 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made a couple of feeders out of large (12" or so) heavy nursery pots (black plastic). I cut about four 2" holes equal distance apart around the side at the bottom. I drilled a couple of holes on each side at the top to attach a rope to hang the feeder. I attached a round metal pan (feed pan available in the pet dept. at W-Mart) to the bottom with a bolt, washer, and nut. To keep out the rain, I hung a plastic trash can lid over the entire feeder. They have worked well for many months.
     
  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    love the trash can lid idea!

    Unfortunately my doorknob drill bit thingy broke (lost a set screw out of it) so uh, I only got two holes in my bucket and feed only comes out one side! lol But at least the birds aren't starving, eh?
     
  8. jadeflower999

    jadeflower999 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The pic of the feeder w/ the trashcan lid is totally what I did too with the planter base, it looks identical:) Works great! Great minds think alike LOL
     
  9. archerobx

    archerobx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    planter base, nice. def hold more feed.
     

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