Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Cheap chicken feeder, how to build a bulk chicken feeder..

Had a friend come around & we built a chook feeder each of varying sizes.. It was a really easy build only requiring the drum & the flanged elbow.. The only tools needed were a marking pen, ruler, hacksaw, & a 95mm hole saw but other methods could be used to cut out the hole.. The build itself took all of 10 minutes to make, it was that easy & cost about $20AU/US..

Will make the job of feeding the Chooks so much easier as the drum will easily take a whole 25kg/55lb bag.. Next on the jobbie list will be a black solider fly farm that will live in the chook pen..
A big thanks to Hamish121212 for posting his clip on the feeder..
I would also like to thank Adie for springing for the elbow.. Adie has a blog on her families progress in an urban environment for the Owner Builder Network site where you can see the MKI chook feeder she made before up scaling..

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  1. That was fantastic! I'd love one of these out in the chook run. It'd save so much time in the mornings!
    (Maybe Dad will help me...?)

    1. Was a real easy build Frogdancer.. Hole saw not really needed if your good with a craft/stanley knife..

  2. Hi, I looked everywhere I could think of today, to find a square container like the one you have used to no avail. :( I found a fitting that I think will work at Bunnings (no help there), could you please tell me where you found your container. Thanks :)

    1. Hi Tracey..
      The bin came from a local rural feed/produce store that stock all sorts of old drums & containers.. The small 6L container (wasn't in the clip) came from the cheesecake shop... It contained the passionfruit topping they use on the cakes & cost us 50cents.. I think that you could also use a round container if it was large enough (so you would have a relatively flat surface) but you would need to secure the pipe work in place with a screw at the top & bottom.. Hamish used a 20l square drum for his which makes a good size feeder as well but only takes around ½ a feed bag..
      Hope that helps.. Let us know if you need more..

    2. Thanks.Can I ask which produce store, as your local is my local too :)I took possession of some rescue chooks yesterday, and one of them keeps getting in the feed container and tipping it over, so todays job is to make a feeder. If I don't melt first :)

    3. Karalee pets N produce... I got the last of the bins but they will probably get more in..
      Call first just in case they haven't restocked yet..
      Let me know how you go :)

    4. Thanks heaps. Shall be on to it as soon as they get some in. Hope you're holding up in this heat. :)