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Brilliant rodent proof DIY chicken feeder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTpQc_ARp8A

AdrianR
Monday, June 15th, 2020

Good idea.
Where can we get buckets this shape size etc in Ireland?
What size drill bit is he using to make the hole the right size to fall out past the eyebolt?

Cork Wyandotte
Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

It doesn't have to be the exact size and shape. Use any food grade bucket. I have made a chicken feeder (a different one to this) from something like this:

https://www.homeland.ie/farming/animal-health/minerals-suppl...

My brother used to keep sheep so had empty spares, make sure you get a lid. 5 liter buckets are often used to sell bird seed/peanuts etc.

Drill a hole slightly bigger than the shaft of the eye bolt, and make bigger if necessary. If feeding pellets it may have to be quite a bit bigger.

AdrianR
Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

Should have said, I know a company in Dublin supply restaurants/catering companies with mayonnaise in 5 ltr buckets. I got one of these from the work canteen a while back before I got the chickens.

AdrianR
Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

The problem with rats is, they can easily chew threw plastic.

nedzer
Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

Thanks Adrian.

I'd say it could work nedzer. Rats might slip of a dangling smooth plastic.
I've killed most of mine I think with poison but I know they're not totally gone, plenty ditches to hide in out here.

Cork Wyandotte
Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

The problem with rats is, they can easily chew threw plastic.

Agreed, but if it's hung at the optimum height for chickens to reach but not rats it could be worth trying. In my experience Rats tend to need a starting point to work from such as a joint or a crack so it would be worth trying.

AdrianR
Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

What I've seen over the years when using plastic buckets, is that rats either chew around the hole where the spring is, or they bore a hole around the lid.

Squirrel's can destroy buckets even more so, where they are plentiful.

nedzer
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

Google says rats can jump 4ft.
Worth a try.

Thanks for sharing your experience nedzer.

Can we get small metal buckets to drill the hole into? With a metal lid, that can be sealed in place somehow?

Cork Wyandotte
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

Something similar to this but galvanized for rusting, 5litres to make lighter for lifting and a better sealed and rainproof lid:

https://www.thesafetysupplycompany.co.uk/p/9384125/metal-fir...

Cork Wyandotte
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

Good find. If you can only get the 10L then just put less feed into it. Galvanized buckets tend to be expensive and don't tend to have lids but there probably is something suitable out there.

AdrianR
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

They work well. We were making these 32 years ago when we first started up Dingle Poultry and Farm Supplies.
We then started selling Parkland Feeders and the Brinsea Scattergrain Peckfeeders which were hugely popular until the feed springs came along and took over the market. By mid nineties we were selling over 25000 feed springs a year.
Then the wright feeders came along and are now our biggest seller. We do about 20000 wright feeders now and about 10000 feed springs a year.

Flock Master
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

Thanks Flock Master, I've never heard of wright feeders, must check out.

Cork Wyandotte
Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Oh it's a metal attachment for the bucket, has holes.

I'd worry the rain would get at the feed and it go off and if the holes are big enough for rats to get at food.

Cork Wyandotte
Thursday, June 18th, 2020

I have been using those for years, I haven't seen rats around them
Bought from here

http://triggerhappychickens.co.uk/

Adam1
Thursday, June 18th, 2020

If I was you I'd get a plastic 5 ltr bucket from a farmer/canteen/restaurant or wherever and try it out, it's not going to cost you anything (Very little at most). Yes, rats chew through plastic, but they would need to have extended access to it, they are not going to chew through it in 1 sitting so keep an eye on it for tooth marks. Think about this, rats are not going to be able to chew through a flat smooth piece of plastic, they need a starting point as I mentioned above, they need to be able to get their teeth around something to start with i.e. a rim, a crack, a corner etc. Look up "plastic chewed by rats" on Google and go into images tab and you will see what I mean.

As for a plastic bucket. The most likely part they would chew on is the bottom corner/rim so keep that out of reach i.e. high enough that thy have to jump. Their next option would be to climb on top, again the rim of the lid would be their starting point and that would take a bit of chewing to get through. They might find it difficult to balance on top if you hang it from the handle, depending on how much weight is in the bucket.

Worth trying, and you could keep an eye out for something suitable made of metal in the long term and it wouldn't necessarily have to be a bucket.

AdrianR
Thursday, June 18th, 2020


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