Chicken are messy. And they eat a lot! We started with a simple feeder that is open. But the ladies kept on tipping it over and then refused to eat what touched the ground. Ridiculous!
I think we wasted two thirds of the food in the beginning.
So I started searching the internet for smart ideas to solve this issue. I found a lot of fantastic ideas. Quickly I made the decision to go with a fairly simple model. I bought a big plastic box with a lid. And then also two pieces of plastic pipes (the corner pieces) like they are used for waste water.
The openings for the pipes I melted in. I’ve tried on previous projects to cut holes into plastic which always lead to cracks in places I didn’t want them.
The pipe pieces had to just fit through. With some silicone I tightened everything around the pipes. This had to dry for at least four days to ensure that it is completely tight and doesn’t let in any moisture.
I decided to leave it for a little more than a week to also air out the plastic smell. After that I filled it with the pellets my ladies eat. I almost fit the whole bag in which is fantastic. Since our chicken are very tall , I build a stand out of
bricks so they can eat comfortably. They still spill some food, but not nearly as much as before.