Sunday, July 11, 2010

Homemade Chicken Feeder

Rowdy made this chicken feeder.  

Getting ready to go nighty-night.

Peaking out of the roosting box. 

How to make a chicken feeder:
  1. Gather your supplies.  You will need a plastic flower pot, size depending on how many chickens you are feeding.  You will need a plastic saucer that is at least 2 inches in diameter bigger than the bottom of your pot.  Any wire or coathangers you have lying around and 1 eye bolt.  You will also need a handful of screws, utility knife and a drill.
  2. Carefully carve out some holes on the sides of the pot, at the bottom, about 2 inches square.  Poke three equally spaced holes at the top of the pot for your hanging wire.
  3. Turn pot upside down and place saucer on the bottom.  Screw the saucer to the bottom of the pot with the screws going up through the pot. You don't want to let your chickens get scratched up.
  4. Cut three equal lenghts of wire, measuring from the roof of your coop to the heighth you want it from the ground, adding a couple of inches for twisting the wire.  Put a piece of wire through each hole and twist it a good many times so that it will holdup with the weight of the food.  Pull the wire up together at the top, like a tepee and secure to the top of the coop. We used an eye bolt, screwed into a rafter. 
  5. Rowdy suggests hanging the feeder chest high to a chicken.
  6. Fill with food!
That's it folks.  We also feed our chickens scraps. Raw fruits and veggies, like lettuce leaves, watermelon rinds, tomatoes that have been poked by birds (dumb birds!), whatever we might not want to eat.

1 comment:

  1. Geeze, a nursery pot - why didn't I think of that? I only have a truckload of those laying around. I might have to buy the saucer though. After seeing plastic 11-pound feeders at the big box farm store with $26+ price tag, I'm willing to try jury-rigged.

    What was amazing was the traditional metal feeder was priced $5 less and on sale for over $10 less. I just don't get how anyone can justify selling cheap plastic for that much.





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