How to Build a Chicken Trough Feeder

Overview

A rocking trough is a great way to have chickens feed themselves while reducing the frequency of feeding. A trough that rocks when the chickens stand on the edge allows the feed to move in the holding box to slowly dump feed into the trough, not overfeeding chickens. Making a feeding trough for chickens in a fairly straightforward process.

Step 1

Measure the plywood at 6 feet long and 12 inches wide. Cut with saw. This is the lid. Put aside.

Step 2

Repeat Step 1 twice for back and front panels of the trough.

Step 3

Measure two 12-inch by 6-inch sections of plywood. Cut with saw. These are the hopper sides of the trough.

Step 4

Measure plywood section at 6 feet long and 8 inches wide. Cut and saw. This is the base that will allow 2 inches on the front and back to allow feed to flow down to the trough.

Step 5

Create the main feed holder box by screwing the pieces from Steps 1 to 3 together.

Step 6

Measure and cut the trough from the plywood: the base should be 6 feet long by 8 inches wide, the same as the base of the feed box. The front and back of the trough should both be the same: 6 feet long by 4 inches wide.

Step 7

Saw the edges of the pieces in Step 6 at a 45-degree angle so they meet flush together, creating the trough.

Step 8

Measure the side panels to fit the shape of the four sides of the trough to close the trough's ends.

Step 9

Screw the trough together with the pieces from Steps 7 to 9. It should look like an open-topped tetragon, shorter at the bottom than at the top.

Step 10

Cut four 18-inch lengths of 2-by-4. Screw into the side panels of the feed holder box, extending down to the ground to hold the trough in place as its legs.

Step 11

Cut a 2-foot length of broomstick. Screw it into the center of the bottom panel of the trough.

Step 12

Drill a hole centered in the floor panel to pull the broom handle through. Screw into place 8 inches above the trough base.

Step 13

Measure the location of the articulating joints on each leg 6 inches above ground and screw in.

Step 14

Measure the joint attachment point on the exterior trough side panels. Screw in.

Step 15

Screw 5-inch hinges on the interior top panel to sit flush on the top of the feed box.

Step 16

Dump the feed in and allow the chickens to rock the trough to dump feed in from the holding box.

Things You'll Need

  • Sheet of plywood
  • Screws
  • 2-by-4 plank
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • 2 5-inch hinges
  • Old broomstick
  • 4 3-inch articulating joints

Who Can Help

  • Dick Shuttleworth's Chicken Feeder
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In 2001, Kay Miranda had her second screenplay purchased, then started writing a weekly column in "The Messenger," with work appearing in "Xquisite" and "Valley Scene Magazine." Miranda earned a Bachelor of Arts in bio-psychology from the University of Colorado. Fortunate to play collegiate tennis, Miranda has extensive travel and coaching experience.

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