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DIY chicken feed trough improvements

year update on how well the trough worked

It's been a year since we first installed the DIY chicken feed trough.

One thing I might do different next time would be to make the inside of the trough more of a V shape. It might also help if it was secured in a way that was easy to lift out and clean.

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I was just thinking of making something like this. I have started mixing my own feed, from about 5 different ingredients, and thought I could divide the trough into compartments for each separate item, let them have a buffet.

The idea of a v-shaped bottom is interesting. What if the trough itself were secured, and there was a v-shaped insert, removeable, for ease of cleaning?

Comment by Deb Mon May 6 00:11:29 2013
Deb --- Having multiple compartments so chickens could choose their own feed adventure is definitely on my wish list, but it never seems to outcompete the garden, etc. One of these days! If you build a better trough, I hope you'll take a photo and report back!
Comment by anna Mon May 6 13:04:36 2013

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