How to make a chicken feeder
Many beginner farmers who decide to engage in poultry farming are wondering where to start. Most often in Russia, broiler chicks are selected and bred for their high meat production and early maturity. Perhaps the most important thing in breeding chickens is the chicken feeder. A great option to help save money is a chicken feeder made in the video yourself.
DIY broiler chicken feeder
What distinguishes the capacity for feeding the chicks
The most important thing that distinguishes the capacity in which the food of poultry is located is its reliable protection against spreading and contamination of compound feed. Everyone knows the fact that chicks like to climb into their plates and rummage their paws in the stern. As a result, the birds remain hungry, and the food becomes dirty. Contaminated feed can lead to poisoning of the chicks and a reduction in just purchased livestock.
Even though the broiler chickens feeder is reliably protected from spreading the feed, it will still become contaminated, so it needs to be washed and disinfected periodically. It turns out that it is necessary to use a material that does not absorb odors, which can be washed with a disinfectant. An important point is the mobility of the structure, so that at any moment it was possible to rearrange it without much effort from one place to another. An ideal option for a chicken feeder with your own hands from improvised materials.
Naturally, the sizes of the broiler chicken feeder should be significantly smaller than for adults, which can be seen in the photo and video. The optimal shape of the container is round. It is necessary to calculate the size so that the entire population at the same time has an approach to it, otherwise less physically developed individuals will constantly remain hungry and may die.
Types of feed distribution mechanisms
All home-made poultry nutrition installations differ in the method of fastening, localization, materials of which they are made, and dimensions. Depending on the feed system, there are:
- automatic designs;
- regular trays.
Typically, the tray model is used for feeding with wet agitators. The design is equipped with a limiter that prevents birds from scattering and clogging feed. Groove models are typically equipped with grooves and millstones. Automatic - the most reliable designs that allow you to fill the feed once a day or several days. In this mechanism, a gradual supply of feed is provided as needed.
Feeding mechanisms at your fingertips
A natural question that arises after all of the above is how to make a chicken feeder with your own hands what size it is. One of the most popular designs is a chicken feeder made from a plastic bottle. To be able to make a design, you will need:
- self-tapping screws, nuts;
- a bottle of plastic;
- plastic plate or cup;
- nails, wire;
- watering can.
Holes must be made above the bottom of the bottle, then the bottle should be installed in the center of the plate or bowl and attached to the bottom with a self-tapping screw so that the feeder does not turn over. With a three-centimeter step, incandescent pieces of wire are inserted into the bowl to create a barrier for the chickens through which they cannot climb into the feeder.
In the ranking of homemade chicken feeders from bottles in the ranking are in first place in demand. Making them the easiest, and the materials are always at hand. Such feeders can be built a couple of, so that all individuals have enough food, if the livestock is too big.
To feed small diaries, you can perform a very simple design from an old container from discs and a plastic plate. On the upper edge of the container at a certain distance make cuts. Care must be taken to ensure that the incisions are smooth, in order to avoid injury to the chicks, then you need to fill in the container with food and cover it with a plate and turn it over. The bird feeder is ready.
Automatic feed mechanism
The farm can be very tiring, and there is simply no time for chickens to constantly monitor the availability of feed in the feeders. For a large farm, an automatic DIY broiler feeder is suitable, suitable for both adults and chickens. The feed in such feeders is long enough, and it is served as necessary. For the manufacture of feeders and car drinking bowls for chickens you need:
- 2 pieces of plastic pipe;
- self-tapping screws;
- knife for metal;
- two branches;
- plug and adapter.
Often on the farm after repairing plumbing fixtures, pieces of plastic profile remain. If they are not at home, then they are not sold so expensively in the store. It is necessary to connect the pipes using an adapter, to which you need to connect two half-bends. Connecting the two structures, attach them to the wall. If the number of chickens is large, it is not necessary to make several feeders. Pipes are connected to the tee more authentically and several holes are made to provide access to the feed.
Feed mechanism for growing young animals
Broiler feeders essentially do not differ from other bird feeders, however, the chicks of this breed gain weight very quickly, due to their appetite, and over time they need a large container for food. You can make a feeder with your own hands out of a plastic bucket already grown up. When making such a feeder, it is necessary to pick up a bucket only from food plastic, in no case should you use containers from under construction materials. To make this model, you will need a bucket, a 5-liter plastic cooler bottle, cardboard and an office knife.
From cardboard you need to cut a rectangular template. It should be of such a size that the head of the chick can freely pass, plus a centimeter for growth. Next, on the bucket with the help of the template, you need to make markup. The lower boundaries of the openings should be focused on the age and growth of young broilers. Two pieces of 15 cm should be cut from the plastic pipe, in which to make holes.
With the help of a watering can, you need to fill the bottle with feed and put on sections of the profile, put a bucket on top and turn it over. This design is more complicated in execution, but at the same time more stable and reliable. A capacious bottle allows you to forget about the constant addition of feed for a long time. If it is not clear how to make a feeder, you can see the photo.
Wooden feeding mechanism
Often in the household there are many unnecessary wooden boards that have nowhere to adapt. Chicks can make a feeder in the form of a long box. Of course, making the wooden structure yourself will be more difficult than the previous models, but it will last much longer. Initially, you should draw drawings on paper, and then transfer them to a tree.
The height should be approximately 20-25 cm, width - 20, length - up to 1 m. The back wall is fixed at an angle. On top of the drawer put on a grid with large cells. Instead of a grid, you can attach a wooden plank along, and across - several sides. In the worldwide network you can find a video that describes in detail the design of products with their own hands from improvised materials.
Now you know how to make a good chicken feeder. Every novice farmer will be able to complete any designs for feeding and drinking water at home. The price of suitable containers in modern stores is quite high, so it’s quite possible to save money and adapt unnecessary things to a useful business.