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The EASIEST WAY to Feed Chickens and Ducks!

October 23, 2019

Okay, so, can you tell what this project is?
If you can piece that together then good for you. If you cannot, then I’m gonna reference
you over to Rob’s channel and tell you to go look at a couple of his most recent videos.
It’s not too far back in his current offerings where he revisited an automatic chicken feeder.
So, head over there and you’ll see what I’m going to do with all of this. The how-to video
will follow later when I can edit everything together with close-up pictures and things
like I like. So, what you’re looking at here is literally
the least expensive large trash can that’s available at my hardware store. I would rather
have had a flat sided garbage can but all of those had wheels on them, and those wheels
took up too much space and I would not have been able to put as many ports in as I wanted,
so I went with this one instead figuring if I made a mistake, at least I didn’t spend
too much money on the garbage can and it’s worked perfectly fine since doing this project.
The marks that I’m making are representing the height of the pipe from the base to the
center of the hole that’s going to be going through. When you use a hole saw, I need to
recommend that you check the hole saw to the pipe before purchasing the hole saw, because
inner diameters, outer diameters and the size of the hole saw may not match up how you expect,
so make sure you compare that before you invest in a hole saw. One tip that Rob had that worked great for
me is running the hole saw in reverse. Doing so sort of peels off the plastic rather than
rip into the plastic and all of my holes came out nice and smooth without any problems,
so certainly an idea for you to use as well. So here are all of the different ports going
around. They’re as equally spaced as I could get them. There are 6 in total and when I
say as equally spaced as I could get them, I choose where these went by taking into account
these raised ridges on the bottom of the garbage can, so watch for any obstacles you might
have on your can. This is the pipe I’m using. You’ll see one
side is female, the other is male, for lack of a better term, and you’ll see why later.
I took a piece of my cutouts and used it to make a template. You don’t have to do this,
it’s a little bit of OCD in my case of wanting all the pipes to be exactly the same, but the
point is you need to notch out a section of this pipe and you need just a small section
to actually support the pipe to keep it up off the ground, and then you need a larger
section for allowing the feed to come in under the pipe. So, however you measure how big
each one of those is going to be, just measure off your section and make your cut. Here,
mine basically works out to being about one-third of the circumference is going to be for keeping
the pipe up off the ground and two-thirds of it is for letting grain into the area,
so that’s all I’m really trying to accomplish with all of this extra effort that I would not
go through if I needed to make another automatic feeder. Now I’m going to start cutting these off and
the easiest thing for me to use was a little rotary tool. Here I’ve got a Dremel and I
just basically melted through the PVC here and cut off the area that I needed. Now I’m also going to cut a window into this
pipe cap and this is going to go onto that male end of the pipe and try to keep even
more feed from being able to be scratched out by the chickens. Doing it this way, I’ve
been able to avoid using glue, rivets or anything else and my chickens have not been able to
pull of this cover, so it’s worked out great for me. Here I’m just cutting out the window using
the Dremel tool and then I’m gonna come back around in just a second and clean it off.
This is a tip that Rob posted in his video when he still had some chickens pulling the
feed out and putting this little lip on there stopped them from being able to do that. It’s
working good for me. Here’s how the whole thing kind of fits together
and that’s why you want to have one pipe that’s got the male and female end on the elbow rather
than one that’s female and female. Alright, now that just slides in from the
inside out and on the outside I’m putting the cap on and that just holds it in place. Now Rob did a great thing where he connected
those to a block of wood to make sure that they don’t twist and turn and come up and
if this were a smaller bucket I can see why that would be a real big benefit, but from
what I’ve noticed on a big tub like this, the weight of the grain keeps everything in
place and so long as you keep it full you shouldn’t have a problem with those shifting.
So, it’s something else you can add on if you feel that you need to, but I did not personally
think it was needed for the size I’m using. So, here’s the birds using it just fine. They
all get it, they can all reach it. You can see it’s elevated off the ground a little
bit for their ease of use. It is under a shelter so I’m not worried about rain and water, and
otherwise I just want to thank you for watching the video, and hope to see you next time.
Take care.

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  1. good feeder for the winter when there is no grass
    the rest of the year i would rather buy fence 1 time than buy feed every week

  2. 10xxx (tnx) 4 u and your idea. but small change the fourmula and best automatic feeder creat bro
    bro i m not full speech and right english language but i m trying

  3. What a great idea to keep feed clean. I'm just a little confused on the design. The pipes inside the trash can face down. How do the chickens get to the feed?

  4. Approximately how many hens can this feeder sevice with out pushing, shoving and pecking between the girls to the point it looks like a bar fight?

  5. Don't you worry about the kind of plastic you have used? I assume that either plastic particles or toxic substances go into the food since you haven't used food safe material?!

  6. So how many poultry do you have/recommend for this type of feeding system. Currently we have 6 chickens, 6 turkeys & 3 roosters, but in about 2 weeks we are getting 27 chicks.

  7. Just subscribed. I love this feeder. I used 4" elbows because I built mine for ducks and I made 1 minor modification. I put a "V" notch in the center of the rear to allow the feed in the center to get into the elbow.

  8. Well done! For an extra feeder like this…how many animals? How long before you hv to fill again? A month or 2 months? just wondering, cause this w/take just about ALL the hassle of refilling chore. Respectfully Pooch

  9. I saw on another video on how to make a level gage to check how much feed is in can. get 1/2 piece of PVC longer than the depth of the can Plus 2 or 3 inches above the can lid when on can. mark on the pipe level marks. 1/2 , 1/4, etc as you want. on the the correct level. attach a 1 ft or so round disc on bottom if the pipe to rest on the top of the feed. put the 1/2 pipe in a hole on the can lid. with the disc end in the can. after you fill the can put the level indicator on the top of the feed with the other end sticking out the lid hole. As the level of the feed goes down you can see the level of the feed on how low the pipe goes. when it reaches the add mark you know it's time to add more feed.

    you could get a flang or cap fitting to help hold the disc on the pipe. you could put a screw with a metal washer to help hold the 1 ft or do diameter disc on the level indicator pipe to keep it stable.

  10. Love the idea and great job but I'm not sure how this is "automatic". It just provides food 24/7 for a very long time and small critters can get to it.

  11. When you were cutting the female end of the 90 you said something about not going through extra effort. What were you referring to?
    BTW, this is such a great idea for a chicken feeder. Thank you & Rob-Bob for posting this!

  12. Hi, curious to know how it works at keeping rodents out? I'm guessing the elevation prevents them, or do you do something else?

  13. Did you find with your chickens that they lost neck feathers eating from this? I'd love to build one but a friend who built a smilar one said her chickens lost their neck feathers from shoving their heads in the holes. I'm wondering if the pipes she used were too small?

  14. A rectangular profile of plywood would allow3 less cahnce of static and possibly spoiling foods; also supplying a flat panel to use. The slanted side to the rear would alow about 50-75 pounds + of food in the storage with a hinged lid too sloped for chickens to sit/s–t on it.

  15. Great vid JJ. We have a problem with field mice and squirrels whereby they gnawed through plastic thicker than your bin to get to stored grain. Instant ruined storage bin 🙁

    I'm just hoping they don't do the same to our outdoor lawnmower/garden implement storage shed – also made from plastic! Can't afford to replace those in a hurry, although we've been careful not to store feed in there because the aroma is a major attractant to rodents.

  16. I would be a bit concerned that chickens would struggle to get the grain. Ducks would have no problems with having long necks, and tend to be alot smarter, if you notice in the video did any of the chicks eat from it

  17. How far down on the trash can in inches did you did you put your pcvs? Wouldn't it be the same for a 5 gal buckets? I have 6 chickens.

  18. just don't overcrowd your chicken pens. change the dirt and straw every couple months. feed them on the ground. chickens need to scratch the ground makes them much stronger. come on lazy ass people.

  19. is a place to get a ready to install 90 degree elbow with weather shield and overnight rodent screen

  20. 2:41 Not a lack of a better term. Male and female is exactly what they are called. Also, these elbows are called street elbows. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  21. I did a variation of this feeder using a 32 gal garbage can, 6 pvc elbows, my mod uses 6 3" pieces of plastic cut from the sides where the 6 holes were cut, I then clamped to a waste piece of plywood with locking pliers and using the original pilot hole, using another hole saw I cut a 2 1/2" hole out of the 3" piece, using liquid nails I glued each of these in the pipe outlet where the chickens stick their heads, pushed it all the way to the rear, toward the can, cuts WAY down on waste where birds were dragging feed out into tube an onto ground, barely any waste now!

  22. we needed something to feed the chickens and ducks while we are on vacation. This looks like it will work great! I ordered the pvc and caps at home depot. Can't wait to try it!

  23. I made this about a month ago. My chickens won't eat out of it. I primed each of the feed tubes with a handful of feed, many times. They have no problem eating where I primed but they don't seem to get the idea of sticking their heads in to eat the feed beyond that. Any thoughts?

  24. This works really well as long as it is inside a building or under a roof, but if it gets any rain on it, the feed gets totally soaked swells up and turns into a block of mush… be forewarned.

  25. That’s a awesome setup! Thank you for sharing. I’m sure it will also work for our turkeys and I hope we can use a similar setup for ducks

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