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Pig/Hog Feeder??
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Clay    Posted 02-07-2004 at 21:14:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Anyone ever built a automatic/self feeder for pigs/hogs out of plywood!!Any ideas would help!!Thanks


Dieselrider    Posted 02-08-2004 at 06:34:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I did build one out of plywood and some OSB board one time. I had the wood and couldn't afford the price of a feeder. It looked like the metal ones that are built for outside with the four doors (lids) on both sides and a lid or cover on top that could be opened to dump in the feed. Also like the one in Dennis’ link it had a divider inside to allow you to feed just a couple pigs at a time if you wanted to. You could put about four or five hundred pounds in it if you wanted. It lasted about five or so years and only needed repair one time as rats ate holes in the bottom and started getting in it. I finally bought a metal one and burned the home made one but, it did work and yes it can be done. If you have the lumber lying around then it might be the way to go but, if you have to purchase the lumber it may be just as cheap to buy a feeder especially if you can find a used one in good shape. Good luck and let us know how you make out.


bill b va    Posted 02-08-2004 at 04:12:39       [Reply]  [No Email]

the neatest home made one i ever saw was made from an old steel farm machinery wheel and a 55 gallon drum with both ends out. the wheel was about 2 feet larger in diameter than the drum. the drum was attached to the steel spokes and needs to be sit on a solid deck or concrete pad and secured . the rim and spokes held the drum high enough for the feed to come out by gravity without over flowing . of course a lid covered the top of the drum to keep out the weather


henrich Iowa    Posted 02-08-2004 at 03:19:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I hate to bash your idea but how long do you want that feeder to last? Remember, a hog will eat and destroy anything that is not solid or attached permanently. If those pigs are small, 15 to 45 pounds it will work until they get to be 75 pounds and then they will find that they can either crawl into the feeder and eat or shove it around and dump it unless you keep it full all of the time, or just rub or eat a hole through it. Stainless is the way to go. I have several stainless feeders that I am not using and would sell (got out of the hog business) nursery (double sided), grower (single sided) and finishing (double sided).


Dennis    Posted 02-07-2004 at 21:58:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
http://www.cerc.colostate.edu/Blueprints/Swine/5008.pdf


Eddie Vial    Posted 09-08-2004 at 19:55:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am just starting my hog career. Yes I am a 4-H
member 11 yrs old and I am breeding my own show pigs for my project as they are hard to find in Western Colorado. I am looking for some used equipment for farrowing out two sows and feeding out the baby piglets. You can call my dad at
970-261-3272 or e-mail us back.
Thank you
Eddie Vial
Palisade, Colorado 81526


kraigWY    Posted 02-07-2004 at 21:31:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I got some plans for one out of an 4H Swine manuel. E-mail me if you are interested and I will scan them and e-mail them to you. Pretty good set up.


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