Not only the convenience of their living, but also the care of them depends on the arrangement of the place for keeping animals. Rabbits eat very often, and replenishing their food supplies also has to be done more than once a day. There are many varieties of feeders that are designed for different types of feed and have different designs. We will talk about bunker feeders for rabbits: what is the advantage of this type and how to make them with your own hands.
Benefits of Hopper Feeders
There are many different types of rabbit feeders:
- nursery. used for feeding hay. They are convenient to use, but require frequent replenishment;
- grooved. used for feeding bulk feeds, convenient and practical, they are simple to manufacture, but also require frequent replenishment;
- bowls. they do not need to be made and the container is suitable for this type almost any, but the animal can easily throw it and pour all the contents from it;
- bunker feeders for rabbits. convenient, used for bulk feed (grains, granules). Capacious, and you can replenish it once every few days.
It is about the last type of feeders that we will discuss in our article. The main advantage of this type is feed saving. Since the animal cannot scatter grain from this tank, it will not be trampled. Also, the container is closed on top, which helps to protect the feed from pollution.
This type also allows you to save your time, you do not have to constantly monitor the availability of feed. The capacity allows you to fill up a sufficient amount of food for animals for several days. And the rabbits will always be full. As you know, these animals are very susceptible to stress and hunger for them is also a stress factor. Regular nutrition with clean feeds prevents animals from becoming constipated, indigestion, bloating and other diseases associated with the digestive system.
It is very convenient to use the bunker capacity for feeding, it can be installed in any type of cage. Cleaning is also not difficult. It is easy to remove and install. You can easily make it with your own hands, and materials for it can be found in any barn. There are many different systems for making feeders: Tsvetkov, Bryukov, etc.
How to make at home
You will not encounter any particular difficulties in the manufacture of a hopper feeder. In order to properly manufacture a container of this nature, it is necessary to initially make a drawing. With it, it will be easier for you to make this design. It is also necessary to prepare the materials from which you will make this thing. The design is quite simple. In the picture you can see a drawing of the hopper feeder.
Drawing: scheme (left) and the finished structure (rights)
Materials and Tools
The choice of tools will depend on what material you are going to make the container. We offer you to make the basic elements of tin. In order to make a bunker feeder, you will need:
- scissors for metal;
- metal mesh or metal sheet with drilled holes;
- tin sheet.
Blanks for trough (right) and limiter (left)
A tin sheet will be needed in order to upholster the structure inside. This measure will allow you to easily clean the feeder and extend its life. The manufacturing process itself is simple, and the drawings will simplify your work.
Initially, we begin to work with the internal tin frame. The size of the sheet should be at least 120×250 cm. The thickness of the sheet should be 0.5 mm. This design has three main details:
We also recommend that you additionally make a limiter so that animals can not spill food. A sheet of iron must be cut out and cut out of it parts for the feeder.
Trough. The length of the trough will be 250 10 mm, and the width 220 allowance for fixing 10 mm.
Trough bend in width for 3 sections allowance for fixing. The first section is 150, the second is 50, and the third is 20 mm. Allowances should be at least 10 mm on each side of the workpiece.
To simplify work with the workpiece, the side and back walls are bent from one sheet. The size of this workpiece in length will be 370 mm. In width, we bend the sheet of metal into three parts: the side walls are 150 mm and the back should be 250 mm in size. The blank for the front wall will also have three bends: the first is 130, the second is 140, and the third is 100 mm. The length of the sheet should have. 250 mm on both sides of allowances of 10 mm. Total, cut out a sheet of size 270 mm.
We make bends with our hands. The thickness of the tin allows this, small bends (for allowances) can be made with pliers. In the blanks, we make the markings of the fastening and drill holes with a drill. And then we fix all the elements of the bunker feeder together. This can be done with either rivets or bolts. The grid is installed last at the bottom of the structure, but you can do without it.
These parameters of the bunker feeder for rabbits can be considered optimal. If you need a larger construction, then you can make a feeder by cutting the workpiece twice as much.
This capacity contains two daily feed standards for rabbits. If you make a feeder according to the principle provided by us, but smaller in size, remember that the minimum volume should be one daily feed rate. The bunker feeder must be fixed firmly so that rabbits cannot turn it over.