DIY Elbow Feeder Kits for Poultry
New! Do-it-yourself port style poultry feeder. Turn any bucket, tub or barrel into a feeder for small-combed varieties of chickens and ducks.
- Easy to install; includes hole saw
- Elbow design reduces spoilage and wasted feed
- Rain hood keeps out water, snow, leaves, droppings and other debris
- Use with mash, crumble, and cracked grains
Prefer a pre-assembled feeder? Look to our Elbow Feeder which holds 20 lbs of feed.
- Reduces waste! Hens can’t drag or scratch feed out of the feeder.
- Less spilled feed = less invitation to rats, mice, squirrels and wild birds.
- Encourages consumption of “fines”. Elbow design reduces hens ability to sort, resulting in better utilization of the whole feed bag.
- Feeding hole prevents rain and snow from spoiling feed. Leaves, dirt, droppings and other debris stay out.
- Can also be used for oyster shell or grit.
How to Use
- To train birds to the feeder, first remove all other sources of food. Chickens are creatures of habit and will always choose the option they are accustomed to.
- Set the bucket on wood or cement blocks. The base of the feeder should be at chest height of the shortest hen (approx. 8"). Chickens cannot bend their bodies to access the feeder if it’s on the ground.
- For the first feeding, add extra food into the feeding port. Chickens will more readily learn how to use the feeder if they can access the feed without having to crane their necks.
- Do NOT allow feeder to run empty, otherwise hens will fight for space during refill.
Roosters with large combs or wattles may have trouble accessing the feed.
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Blake M from Pennsylvania
These are working really great and our hens learned right off after I put a handful of feed in each one near the edge. Note, three will not fit in a standard cat litter bucket without spacing the side one out with a 1" board. My biggest complaint was shipping seemed high.