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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 8:52 am 
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Hi all,
Does anyone have a pattern for a Bird and Rodent proof chook feeder? It operates by a pully system where you train the chooks to step on this step and the pulley system lets the door up to allow the chooks to gain access to the food.WE seem to be feeding more birds than chooks at the moment and I did have a pattern for one of these feeders that I sent away for but because hubby has taken so long to get around to finally making me one he has 'misplaced' it :evil: I paid $15 for this pattern and am annoyed that it's taken so long for the MOTH to realise that the sparrows are eating more of the chook food than the chooks.
I hope someone can help me out by sending me a pattern via email?
Thank you so much.


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Hi, I'm reviving this thread, as I'd like to know if anyone knows where to buy one of these feeders....

I've seen the thread with the wooden one, http://www.backyardchickens.com/LC-feeders.html and I"m happy to make it if that turns out to be the best way, but I would like to investigate the tin ones first.

Cheers, Richard


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Hi Richard,
I have no idea where you can buy one of these from.
BUT..i can say that my hubby has made me three of these and they all work how they are supposed to..but when you do make one..the step that they step on needs to be pretty wide as in closer to the bin and further back as well. Cause when my roosters get on the steps they open it up but step back a touch when the lid comes up and knocks them under the chin usually there are hens already there eating once he's put the lid up then he steps off in shock and the hens get a lid on their heads..
I wish I knew where the pattern was that we sent away for. It's in one of the older copies of Australiasian Poultry..in the advertisements section. The guy lives here in Tassie somewhere. So if anyone has an older copy say from up to 4 years ago (as that's how long ago it was I got the plans) can you please give us all the address.

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i use 20L buckets with the lids on

cut squares out up the top of the buckets and fill them right up

sooo much better then those feeders you buy(not the one above, ive never used them)

birds dont come into my pens to eat food from the feeders, the chooks when they are flicking food about most of the time it stays in the buckets and flicks about inside, so very little waste(except when they are full u get a bit come out sometimes)

seems the mouse population hasnt bounced back as much either since changing to this method too

and the buckets are cheap


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indian game,sounds like a great ,economical idea----some of us are visual people though so how about a pic??? pam

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hmm yes i would like to see a pic also :D

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I would like to see pics to, I am wondering how a large Light sussex hen is going to climb into a 20L bucket. Mind you, they would probably stay there till its all gone anyway........

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ok i'll try and remember to do it tonight

basically it looks like this....

they can reach in and eat the food all the way down to teh bottom

even the small hens(pekin and wyan bantams) can get their heads in there.
they might be 15L buckets though, i think i put 20L buckets, which may be wrong... but you could use 20L buckets easy enough just cut the hole in a different spot
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the **** are there becasue when u post this it removes teh spaces :evil:


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Great way to stop them scattering feed everywhere...
But does it stop wild birds coming in and eating out of it?

Cheers

Ash :wink:


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no it does not stop them from doing it

but i have noticed they dont come in pretty much at all now, and i have several hundred doves around my neighbouring properties.

putting bird netting over the top kept them out of there mostly, but it has open patches the birds used to go to and then fly in, and eat from the traditional feeders, or off the ground

since changing over they dont go in, i'd say ive had 5 in the last 4-5 months, whereas i used to get 5 a day in there over the last few years

saving me a fortune in feed too, so the buckets have paid for themselves many times over(cost me $3 each bucket)


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http://www.backyardchickens.com/LC-feeders.html

what a fabulous invention....!

i'll put in my order of 5 now.... so whos making?????


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The Chicken House in the Uk has one : http://www.chicken-house.co.uk/poultry_feeders.htm

I've sent Simon an email to see what postage would be to Oz. I'll let you know what it is.


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ok i didnt take photos, was too busy doing the 50 things i had to do by the end of the weekend, and it was raining, and the bubs was crook as too

so here is a pic i nicked from some random website, and i edited to show you what i mean

the black bit is the hole you cut, as you can see the height is not high, you can do it on 2 sides, maybe 3 sides, i have only done 2 sides however.


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Thanks Indian Game,its often the most simple device thats the hardest to imagine,if you know what i mean.My birds are no problem,but my parents isa brown hens are terrible with their commercial feeder,they scatter and empty the thing every time its filled.I will suggest this idea to them. :wink:

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