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#1 Posted : Friday, October 31, 2003 12:00:32 AM
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hmmmmm I have made some, but its much easier and IMO better to go buy a galvanized steel feeder that you can hang from the ceiling in the coop. It will hang about 6-8 inches from the floor and is about 2 feet tall where you can fill it with feed and only have to fill it every so often.
Now water is a different story. I just go buy a galvanized tub, holds 5 gallons of water or you can take a 55 gallon drum and cut it in half lengthwise, making a trough. That is good enough for the hens, just run a hose to the trough, and tie it there, and all you have to do is turn it on til you see it running over the edges.
#2 Posted : Saturday, November 22, 2003 2:25:32 PM
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An automatic feeder can be made by attaching an truck hubcap to the bottom of a piece of stove pipe in such a way that there is about 1/2 inch gap between the bottom of the pipe and the hubcap where the feed can come out. For a larger feeder, use a five gallon bucket, attach a tray or pan (like one for a large planter) to the bottom of the bucket. Cut holes at the bottom edge of the bucket to allow the feed to spill out onto the tray.
A piece of gutter capped on both ends and attached to a couple short boards to stabilize it works too.
#3 Posted : Saturday, November 22, 2003 2:25:32 PM
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Hi everyone,

Anyone have some good ideas/plans for homemade chicken feeders and waterers? We finished the coop and are getting our first 3 polts on saturday. I have some basic idea of what we want to do but would love some other plans.


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