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No Waste Rodent Free Chicken Feeders DIY

Dual Feed Chicken Feeder can have one feed with two chickens OR

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Dual Feed Chicken Feeder can have two different types of feeds

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  1. Two feeds at once – chicken scratch, pellets, or grains and grit or oyster shells at the same time
  2. Minimal maintenance – fill it up and have it work well, something that makes life easier!
  3. Something they can’t make a mess with. – the ladies will scratch at anything and fling food everywhere, poo into the food. It must stay clean.
  4. Keeps the feed dry- feeders that have a dish at the bottom can easily collect water.

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Whether you raise poultry for market or maintain a backyard flock, chicken coops are a magnet for rodents.

head_4Rodents often appear in the fall, when their external food sources are depleted by harvest. They emerge from the fields, where they live in burrows, to forage and feed around buildings. In contrast, mice will establish colonies within buildings and might never venture outside.

Rodents are responsible for more than a quarter of all farm fires of unknown origin, but the main risk from infestations is feed contamination and disease exposure to both you and your flock. A rodents can produce more than 40 droppings per day and a gallon or more of urine per year.   A variety of human and livestock diseases are spread through contact with rodent excrement, which include cryptosporidiosis, toxoplasmosis, leptospirosis, brucellosis and salmonellosis.

What is needed is a chicken feeder that has no mess, doesn’t spill out over the ground, and doesn’t clog up when the feed gets moist or wet! In fact, a feeder can be specifically used for wet feeds for chickens such as fermented feed and does not attract RODENTS!!!

Problems with Open Feed Store Feeders

Feed Store Feeders cost a little more than our No Waste Feeders.  They are  made of PVC, metal or plastic.   When hung at chicken head level, the chickens can waste a fair bit of food by flinging it out of the feeder with their beaks onto the ground, where it may not get eaten.  When it rains, the feed could get wet. You’ll need a funnel or cover on the top if you want to keep birds from perching on top and pooping in the food.

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Rodents

Rodents are the big problem with a store bought feeders because if there is chicken feed on the ground, you will have a rodents problem soon or later..

This is video is of a rat trying to get into our Bulk No Waste 15 gallon Chicken Feeder. He cannot get to the opening of the feeder where the chickens feed because it is too high.  There is no chicken feed on the ground to attract him.

Basic Bucket Feeder

This Basic Bucket Feeder completely eliminates feed mess and waste and also keeps food dry in the rain.  A 4-gallon model, (with with a lid or without a lid) takes up as much space as a large chicken so it might not be appropriate for small coops.  As noted previously the basic feeder only has one feeding position so this model might not be good for a big flock .

topview_1First thing you need is a 4-gallon bucket. Next you need 3″ PVC elbow and a 3-1/2″ hole saw.  Cut the end of the elbow and then figure out where the hole in the bucket should be so that when you stick the cut end into the bucket it’s about 3/4″ off the bottom. Silicone around inside and out, put the top on the bucket and you’re set!

You see the chicken’s head, inside is an 90 degree elbow bending downward, like an L that tipped forward. It is up off the bottom and the food runs around this and it keeps the food back from the hole. The chicken then sticks it’s head in to reach to the back and get the food.

The Basic Bucket Feeder eliminates the cleaning of feeder, no more “poop in the feed.”   It is ideal sized and it keeps feed available at all times even when raining. Holds approximately 10 -15 lbs. of feed.

The picture has only one (1) elbow but 3 feeding postions can be made if you wanted to feed around the entire bucket.   As the ladies eat, gravity causes the feed it settles to bottom. No clogging and it will stay clean and dry.

 Three way Bucket Feeder   

is is the same Basic Bucket Feeder with 3 elbows.
3 way_350If you put partitions in the bucket to separate the different kinds of feed. You can put your oyster shells in one partition, scratch in other and pellets in the third.

The Chicken eat the feed they desire.  There is a top that snaps into place and keeps debris out. There is a option to have a Gamma Lid, to make the opening and closing of the feeder easier.

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ChikensAndBulkFeeder_c350Bulk Barrel All Weather Feeder  

This is same feeding design as the Basic Bucket Feeder, but done with either a 15-gal, 30-gal or 55-gal barrel.  A larger barrel means that you can put enough feed for your flock for a longer period without refilling your feeder.   The 15-gal model will hold 100 lbs of Chicken Feed.  This make the  job of feeding the chickens so much easier and it water and rain proof.

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For more information contact:

info@nowastechickenfeeders.com

Sustainable Living Products

541-996-3671

6347 S Hwy 101

Lincoln City, OR

For Pricing Information:

pricelist@nowastechickenfeeders.com

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