Automated Chicken Feed Dispenser
Check out this video to see how the feeder works...
The feeder is housed on the left side of the coop with a hinged roof for refilling.
And is essentially a motor driven plastic cereal dispenser.
A motor is attached to where the handle would normally be for dispensing cereal.
There is a hole in the bottom of the box for the chicken feed to fall to the ground. I covered the hole with some wire to prevent animals from getting in.
In retrospect I should have made the protective wire holes a bit smaller since the chickens like to nip at the feeder hoping more food will drop out. Generally this hasn't been a problem though and the chickens haven't done any damage.
1 Dry Food (Cereal) DispenserThe dispenser I selected is the Zevro Single Dry Food Dispenser, Black/Chrome.
It has nice flexible rubber pallets at the bottom which work well for holding food and at the same time not jamming.
1 120V Low RPM MotorI used an inexpensive low RPM motor (20-30 RPM) to turn the crank on the cereal dispenser. This is switched on and off through one of the high voltage relays connected to the controller box outlets. A standard 120V plug is connected to the motor wires and plugged into the box for switching.
- Search eBay for "120V rpm motor" or "120V gear motor".