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Build a cheap hanging chicken feeder.


I'm not quite sure how it happened, but I found I had way more chickens than I had planned on keeping initially (and guinea hens ... and dogs ... and goats!). I found myself in need of an extra feeder feeder

abbreviation for self-feeders. Used in feeding groups of animals at intervals of several days. Feed has to be dry and comminuted so that it will run down the spouts from the hopper into the troughs.
 or two. However, at the time I just could not bring myself to part with the money to buy a fancy hanging galvanized gal·va·nize  
tr.v. gal·va·nized, gal·va·niz·ing, gal·va·niz·es
1. To stimulate or shock with an electric current.

 feeder from the co-op, so off to the workshop I went. With a little scrounging around, I found everything I needed except for a plastic plant dish, and built a feeder for under $1.50. I have used these feeders for everything from chick starter to pellets to oyster oyster, edible bivalve mollusk found in beds in shallow, warm waters of all oceans. The shell is made up of two valves, the upper one flat and the lower convex, with variable outlines and a rough outer surface.  shell, and they seem to work equally well for my Rhode Island Reds Rhode Island red

a deep red-brown, dual-purpose poultry breed which lays a deep brown egg. It has a single comb, with clean yellow legs.
 as they do for my Silkies. While not the prettiest things I ever made, they are highly functional and durable. My oldest one is pushing two years old now.
Parts needed:

 1 Gatorade-style gallon jug
 1 plastic plant dish, about 2" larger
   in diameter than the gallon jug
 1 metal coat hanger (unpainted
 1 1/4" bolt, 1-1/2"-2" long
 1 nut
 2 large fender washers

After removing the label and washing the gallon jug, decide if you want to cut the screw top screw top

1. a bottle top that screws onto the bottle, allowing the bottle to be resealed after use

2. a bottle with such a top
 off. Personally, I left mine on as I felt it would add some extra strength and stability. Next, just above the curve of the bottom of the jug, make 4 to 8 cutouts at equal distances to allow the feed to spill out Verb 1. spill out - be disgorged; "The crowds spilled out into the streets"
spill over, pour out

pour, pullulate, swarm, teem, stream - move in large numbers; "people were pouring out of the theater"; "beggars pullulated in the plaza"
. I use 4 cutouts, 1" tall by 2" long, and that seems adequate.

Drill a 5/16" hole in the center of the plant dish and the bottom of the jug. While you have the drill out, make 2 holes near the top of the jug. Try to stay on the wider shoulder and not the narrow neck of the jug. Next, bolt the plastic plant dish to the gallon Jug, making sure to put a fender washer washer Orthopedics A flattened disk of metal with a central hole used to distribute stress under a screw head to prevent thin cortical bone from splitting; serrated washers are used to affix avulsed ligaments, small avulsion fractures or comminuted fractures to the  on both sides.

Cut the coat hanger into a "Y" shape so that you have the hook part on top to hang from a chain, and you're left with 2 hooks on each end. Leave at least a 1/2", and bend into a "V." Insert the hooks into the holes you drilled earlier on the top of the jug, fill with feed, hang from a chain, and you're done.
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Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Date:Mar 1, 2002
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