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Project by jfouse posted 229 days ago 1151 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently found myself in need of a new feeder setup for my coop (changing to feed that won’t work with old drop bucket setup, and the rooster seems to find those plastic feeders personally offensive), so I figured I could probably cobble something together with various bits of scrap I had lying around.

Not much more to tell, really. It’s mostly luaun and shipping crate plywood (leftover from the garage shelf project), and I did it more or less on the fly in two afternoons. Made a few choices I later changed, and a few I later wished I hadn’t, but nothing substantial. The box sits maybe 22” high, 13” wide and 18” deep (to fit in the spot I have open in the coop). Bottom tray holds feed, top tray holds grit/oyster shell mix.

-- Anyone who wants an excuse can find one. Don't bother telling me yours; I have enough of my own to fight off.





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mcoyfrog

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#1 posted 229 days ago

great idea, i like the double feeder idea

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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maplerock

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#2 posted 228 days ago

My dad (83) has chickens. Something like this would save him a trip or two each day to the barn. Nice idea. Do you have one that will gather the eggs and take them to the house?

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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jfouse

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#3 posted 228 days ago

Heh…not quite, though I have been ruminating (no, chickens don’t do that) on how I might change the nesting boxes to the kind that lets the eggs roll down to a tray underneath. ;)

-- Anyone who wants an excuse can find one. Don't bother telling me yours; I have enough of my own to fight off.

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Hawaiilad

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#4 posted 228 days ago

I have chickens and the idea is good, but I was wondering how much food you place in the unit. I find if I put out more food than they eat in a day, it will spoil…the part that stores the food, not what they are eating

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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jfouse

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#5 posted 228 days ago

Well, to be honest I’m not entirely sure. We have 13 pullets we’re getting ready to put into the coop (now that we’ve gotten the old layers out; the rooster’s been a bit lonely lately), and my mother has them on a new feed. Some organic grain blend, not the usual pellets or crumbles from the feed store. So this isn’t in use yet, and it remains to be seen how quickly they go through the feed.

Not sure what you mean, though, that “the part that stores the food” will spoil?

-- Anyone who wants an excuse can find one. Don't bother telling me yours; I have enough of my own to fight off.

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mcgyver

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#6 posted 228 days ago

i like it think ill make one for my dad!

-- Mcgyver

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Hawaiilad

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#7 posted 228 days ago

We keep our chicken food in a mid size metal trash can with a tight lid stored in their covered run, and if the lid is not on tight, I will see some moister build up on the inside of the can…so I was wondering if your new feeder will store much food….is it like the feeders for dogs and cats, where you fill it up with food and it falls down in the bowl as the eat it?

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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hoss12992

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#8 posted 228 days ago

I really like the design that you came up with on this one. Def very functional, and that’s what matters. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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