Weatherproofing a treadle feeder?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Nonny, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. Nonny

    Nonny Songster

    May 16, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    I'm in the process of building a treadle feeder for my girls, made from 12mm plywood, and wondering what to seal/paint it with that's both weatherproof (or at least, will seal the wood ends against moisture getting in) and also chicken friendly in case they peck at it.

    Any ideas?
  2. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    I used an exterior grade polyurethane for mine. I'm not completely satisfied with it. In the very worst of our rain storms the treadle assembly can swell and keep the lid from closing until the air dries out. I'm not sure if this a problem or not where humidity levels are generally higher. Maybe if I put another coat or two on it that might not happen. It only affects the feeder one or two days a year, but it's a bit annoying. I should note that the feed inside never gets wet. I ended up building a little shelter that covers one of the treadle feeders and it works pretty well keeping out the rain in it's current location.
  3. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    You can make a sheet metal cover for it
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    The BEST way would be keep it indoors.

    Spar Varnish would be a good finish, but if it's exposed to the weather you will still have problems
  5. Nonny

    Nonny Songster

    May 16, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Unfortunately indoors isn't an option until I build my next coop, but I like the idea of riggin gup a shelter for it somehow.

    Gallo del Cielo - your one is actually what gave me the inspiration! [​IMG]

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