50 lbs chicken feeder

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Project by fiddlebanshee posted 08-09-2015 12:16 AM 1415 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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This weekend I turned out 2 feeders for my ever growing flock of 60+ chickens, so that I don’t have to replenish feed everyday. They’ll have 4 of these that each hold about 50 pounds of feed. Chickens don’t overeat so it is very convenient to just have about 200 lbs of feed available to them and just have to replenish it once a week or even less often if they fourage a lot.

I’ve made different variations of this over the years. This one is 1/2 plywood screwed into strips of pine at the joints from a 2×6 that I ripped and then planed. I needed to have some solid surface to mount the hinge on so I routed one of the pieces of pine with a 1/2 dado and fastened the lid in it. The hinge is screwed into the back of the pine.

I have also uploaded the generic sketchup file to the warehouse so that I can link it, as I said, I make small modifications everytime I build this.

The ridge at the top is a piece of pine with a 1/2” dado to hold the lid so that I had a solid piece of wood to which I could securely attach two narrow hinges .

-- As if I needed another hobby!

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#1 posted 08-09-2015 03:33 AM

I like the idea and a great build. We only have 25 hens and I keep the food in a couple large metal trash cans. I like the time I spend with the girls at feeding time. There is always a couple that have something or someone to complain about. Yea, being retired makes for a different kind of life

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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