If you’re looking for an
automatic chicken feeder, you’re probably trying to solve several
problems at once. Automatic feeders make it easier to leave the
flock alone for a few days (or just to cut back on your chicken
chores), but poorly designed feeders introduce a slew of other problems
such as spoiled, spilled, or stolen feed. The feeders profiled
here are the best I’ve seen so far for preventing automatic feeder
The majority of our
readers agree that treadle
chicken feeders are
the best option if you have the cash (or time to build your own.
Linda Cariri took the photo above of her hen eating from Grandpa’s
Other purchased options
pet feeders and the cheap gravity feeders you can find in most feed
previous link also includes a lot of tips for making low budget options
less wasteful of feed.
Darren Simmons’ PVC
pipe feeder (shown
to the left) is the winner of our automatic
chicken feeder contest because we feel like it is easily replicable
and will do the job better than any of the other options. Follow
the link for complete construction tips.
Alternatively, if you
simply want to save some cash and are willing to put up with the
problems posed by cheap gravity feeders, these
may hit the spot. Or check out this weatherproof
gravity chicken feeder.
best is yet to come?
Even though I like the
automatic chicken feeders that have come across my desk so far, I think
an even better solution is out there. If you’ve found it, feel
free to email your design to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can show it to our
readers. Thanks for sharing!
low-work chicken coop with an automatic chicken waterer, available with heated
options for easy winter care.