Easy DIY Automatic Chicken Feeders. Save Hours of Work a Year!

in #howto2 years ago


Today I'll show you how I built my perfected candy cane automatic chicken feeders using simple parts you can get from any hardware store. This is a DIY project anyone can do :)

Parts List for 1 candy cane below. You need at least 1 candy can feeder for every 4 birds. If a small flock you can use a 3" diameter pipe or less length of pipe to have the right amount of feeders for your number of chickens.

You can calculate the volume of a cylinder with the formula. V = πr^2h. 50lbs of feed has a volume of 35.5L or 2165inches^3. The volume of one 3ft candy cane is 452in^3. 2156/452= 4.8 candy canes. So 50lbs of feed can fit exactly into 4.8 3ft tall 4" diameter candy canes. I tell you all this so that depending on how many birds you have you can determine how many candy canes you will need to make at what height. Also take in mind how high you will have to lift the feed to dump into candy canes.

(Example parts from Home Depot to help you find something that will work in your area):
4" diameter drainage pipe - https://www.homedepot.com/p/Advanced-Drainage-Systems-4-in-x-10-ft-Triple-Wall-Solid-Pipe-04560010/303020551
45 degree elbow - https://www.homedepot.com/p/NDS-4-in-PVC-45-Degree-H-x-H-Elbow-4P03/100111278?MERCH=REC--SearchPLPHorizontal1_rr--NA--100111278--N
90 degree elbow - https://www.homedepot.com/p/NDS-4-in-PVC-90-Degree-Hub-x-Hub-Elbow-4P02/100137163?MERCH=REC--SearchPLPHorizontal1_rr--NA--100137163--N
Downspout (feeding piece) - https://www.homedepot.com/p/NDS-2-in-x-3-in-x-4-in-Styrene-Offset-Down-Spout-Adapter-904/100377412?MERCH=REC--SearchPLPHorizontal1_rr--NA--100377412--N
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Hanger Straps (100ft) - https://amzn.to/2wcbZR3


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