Make a Feed Scoop from a Tin Can

There’s no need to purchase a feed scoop when you can easily make one from a leftover tin can.

| April/May 2016

  • Feed Scoop
    Save yourself 10 dollars and make a feed scoop rather than purchasing one.
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  • Feed Scoop

The 46-ounce tin cans that fruit and vegetable juices are sold in make wonderful scoops for use on a farm or garden. For a handle, use an old drawer pull and attach it with short screws to the side of the can. The scoop may eventually leak where the screws are attached, but it will always hold dry matter, such as livestock feed or bird seed.

This metal feed scoop is a good size, and it’s not too heavy when full. Plus, it easily hangs on a nail when not in use. We’ve had our scoop for nearly 40 years and use it often.

Dawn Hodges
Bellville, Texas

10/24/2018 8:46:42 AM

i would have preferred you showed examples, of which i have several, instead of a cast aluminum scoop. For water proofing, coat holes before screwing, and screws after, with waterproof glue or silica caulking. Washers help, too. i have a gate handle on my biggie.

6/6/2018 4:09:38 PM

Thats a good project, but if you need one or more scoops quickly, save your 1/2 gallon and 1 gallon milk jugs (plastic) or any other plastic bottle with a handle. Cut the end off and adjust the length to match what quantity you need to scoop up. You can easily make one for each feed or chore. Also makes a great bailer for a leaky boat.

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