2017 - Volume #41, Issue #4, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Home-Built Chicken Feeder Holds 150 Pounds Of Feed
††††The materials Caleb used to build the feeder were all things he had handy in the farm scrap pile: an aluminum shelving unit, corrugated barn tin, and some 1 by 6 boards. He disassembled the shelving unit and restructured it to create the main hopper. Using the 1 by 6ís, he made a base that was 6 in. wider than the feed box to create a tray for the feed. He added a 2-in. lip onto the tray to prevent feed from spilling out onto the ground.
††††Next, he took the uprights from the shelving unit and bent them into semi-circles, and attached tin to the uprights with self-tapping screws to create a cover for the feed hopper. The feed hopper was then screwed to the base. Using a large hinge, the cover was attached to the top of the box, and two spring latches were attached to the front and the back of the cover Ė one latch is used to keep the feeder closed, and the other latch is to keep the cover open when refilling or cleaning the feeder. Finally, Caleb drilled three 1-in. holes into each side of the base to allow the feed to trickle out for the chickens.
†††† Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Caleb Howerton, Green Thicket Farm, 1008 E Farm Rd. 54, Springfield, Mo. 65803.
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