And then I looked at the price and decided that even the tiny ones would have to stay on the shelf.
So I turned to my friend Google and discovered that other intrepid souls had been where I wanted to go and that it was possible to make chicken feeder at home with "found ingredients" - that's my kind of project!
Here's what I did...
I did use plastic in the end because it was free and this seems to be a much more robust plastic than whatever they make make the chook feeders out of. I wont feel too bad about having to throw this out when it all finally falls apart as all the parts have had a second or third life already.
This bucket also has a handle. The grand master plan is to hang the feeder up making it even harder for the pigeons to get at the grain. I think they will just sit on the ground and put their wee beaks into the saucer and munch away if I don't I suspect. It will probably take the chookies a while to get used to the new feeding regime but I will still have scraps to throw around the pen for them to hunt and scratch for - they just happen to be things that pigeons don't seem to want to eat!
We have been considering a modification whereby we put a "cone shaped" something on the inside of the bucket so that the grain falls towards the edge as they peck through the holes.
I'm also hoping this will cut down on my grain bill and keep the other birds (and maybe rodents) away from the grain leaving more for the chookies to grow big and lay lots of eggs with!!
Green-ness: 4/5 for keeping wild birds away from an artificial food supply
Frugal-ness: 5/5 for not spending a cent and still getting what we needed!
Time cost: about 1/2 hour to collect up the bits and clean, drill and glue. 6 hours setting time and another 10 minutes setting it up in the pen and getting organised
Skill level: Power tool skill level - might be able to do it without if your bucket isn't tooooo robust
Fun -ness: I think the chookies had more fun than I did!