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Shop Projects #3: Feeders done!

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Blog entry by fiddlebanshee posted 08-08-2015 06:52 PM 749 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This weekend I turned out 2 feeders for my ever growing flock of 60+ chickens, so that I don’t have to replenish feed everyday. They’ll have 4 of these that each hold about 50 pounds of feed. Chickens don’t overeat so it is very convenient to just have about 200 lbs of feed available to them and just have to replenish it once a week or even less often if they fourage a lot.

I’ve made different variations of this over the years. This one is 1/2 plywood screwed into strips of pine at the joints from a 2×6 that I ripped and then planed. I needed to have some solid surface to mount the hinge on so I routed one of the pieces of pine with a 1/2 dado and fastened the lid in it. The hinge is screwed into the back of the pine.

Here is a picture, I have also uploaded the generic sketchup file to the warehouse so that I can link it, as I said, I make small modifications everytime I build this.

-- As if I needed another hobby!



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#1 posted 08-08-2015 09:25 PM

Awaiting pics! Have a friend that we call the Crazy Chicken Lady. She may be very interested in this! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 08-08-2015 11:53 PM

I have added a picture and a link to the sketchup file. Hope it is helpful. The lid opens upward and is at a slope to discourage the chickens to sit on it. Of course they still do! The ridge at the top is a a piece of pine with a 1/2” dado to hold the 1/2 plywood lid so that I could securely fasten two narrow hinges.

-- As if I needed another hobby!

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#3 posted 08-09-2015 12:00 AM

Thanks, banshee! I’ll show this to her.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 08-22-2015 01:38 AM

My friend likes this, Banshee! She would like to know how it is concerning mice? She also wanted me to ask how much you’d charge to make one for her! LOL I told the shipping may be prohibitive!

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 08-22-2015 07:53 PM

CFrye, obviously it does not shield the feed from mice, they have free access. I have not had a major mouse problem in the coops. I think my chickens may chase and eat them, otherwise I have a lot of snakes around that also take care of any rodent problems. The feeders are inside the coop, snakes cannot get in, but mice theoretically could.

Yea, shipping would be a bit over the top. it really is not difficult to make, I’m sure you could show her how. 1/2” plywood joined with cleats at all joints.

I was able to get 2 feeders from one sheet of plywood. They hold probably about 60 to 70 lbs feed, it is just over half full with a 40 lbs bag.

-- As if I needed another hobby!

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#6 posted 08-22-2015 10:08 PM

Passed it on. Thanks!

-- God bless, Candy

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