Update (02/04/2009): This page describes the construction of a simple feeder from found items. If you are looking for chicken feeder plans, please refer to our more recent post regarding a larger capacity feeder built from wood.
Our chickens have a roosting habit. Unfortunately, their only “roost” is the top of our mason jar feeders.
When you combine 8-week-old chicken fatties and feeders designed for baby chicks, you end up with this:
We go out at least twice a day to right all the overturned feeders and fill any that are empty. Otherwise, the chickens stand around hungry. Actually, a lot of things around a homestead are like this. You have to just dive in to buying chickens because if you read everything in the book you’ll go crazy. But then you never seem to have the right gear on hand and it makes your life harder. The baby chick waterers took a lot of time to clean every day because they kept pooping in their water. I baulked at spending $40 for a waterer at the farm store, but found a nice one at Premier for a fraction of that. Since then we only have to deal with chicken watering once a week!
With watering out of the way, fixing overturned feeders became the sore spot. I had been talking about building one out of scrap wood for a while, but our fencing project has been in the way. Then, tonight we came up with a quick solution. When Premier sent us the chicken waterer, they inadvertently sent the top from a discontinued model. They FedEx’ed us the right one soon after, but we still had this waterer top sitting around. Take one watering top, drill a large hole to fill with feed, add a cake pan connected by copper wire and you get:
We took it out to the coop and hung it onto a new hook using some scrap chain from the property cleanup. As always, the chickens were first leary of the new presence:
So we added a little “crack” corn to the tray and they forgot their worries: