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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 or two. However, at the time I just could not bring myself to part with the money to buy a fancy hanging galvanized 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 shell, and they seem to work equally well for my Rhode Island Reds 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 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. 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 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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