Although a homemade rabbit feeder can be of different configurations, in general, the requirements for this device are the same. The capacity should be narrow so that small animals could not get inside and trample on the stern. At the same time, the size of the feeder cannot be very small. so the food will quickly end, and the rabbits will not be full enough.
In addition, it is important that the dimensions of the container are proportional to the size of the cell.
Operation of the design should be convenient not only for animals, but also for the person serving them. It is bad if removal, replenishment, cleaning and disinfection cause any difficulties. The volume of the feeder should be approximately a quarter greater than the amount of feed that is dispensed at a time. This will prevent rabbits from scattering food. All parts of the device must be processed in such a way so that they couldn’t hurt the animals somehow. that is, remove the burrs and protect sharp corners.
A good feeding trough is one in which the rabbit can stick its head in, but where it is not able to run its legs for spreading food. Finally, it is important that the material is resistant. most likely, rodents will regularly bite and bite it. For the same reason, the use of toxic materials is prohibited.
Tools and materials
The list of necessary tools, of course, is determined depending on what kind of design will be done. A hammer, scissors for working on metal, pliers and a fixing gun with fasteners are sure to come in handy. Sometimes you can not do without a drill equipped with a special drill for metal. For marking the master will need a pencil with a marker, a ruler with a square and, possibly, a tape measure. Work with wood will not work without the use of carpentry tools, such as a planer and an electric jigsaw.
Most often, feeders are made of metal (galvanized or ordinary tin). This material is quite resistant, with a decent life and not afraid of teeth and claws of rodents. Sometimes, to save time, craftsmen simply take a tin can of a suitable size and transform it into a feeding trough.
It is worth mentioning immediately that it is extremely important to carefully bend all the sharp edges of the container, otherwise the animal will be injured when eating.
A three-liter jar of tomato paste is most suitable. First of all, it should be thoroughly washed and freed from food debris. 3 centimeters recede from the bottom, and a cut is created in half the circumference of the can, and it is important not to deform the bottom. From the ends of the cut, lines leading to the neck are drawn and cut. This part is compressed to a flat state to form a wall.
Some experts also advise making a drill a sufficient number of holes in the bottom of the can. The finished feeder is placed on the door of the cage.
No less common designs for feed made of wood. But given that rabbits love to gnaw wood, additionally, they have to cover the surfaces with metal sheets. To do this makes sense only in those places where animals are able to reach. Sometimes models made of plastic, slate and plexiglass are added. this is typical for bunker feeders. For the manufacture of any parts, you may need a rod, wire and glass.
How to make a feeder with your own hands?
A large number of original ideas for creating rabbit feeders are presented on the Internet. Having become acquainted with them, it will be possible to choose the most appropriate option for a specific situation. For example, some people do not even bother with creating a special design, but use ordinary ceramic bowls to feed animals.
Although such a solution can significantly save both time and money, it does not differ in ease of use. rabbits always turn containers over.
Nursery feeder commonly used under hay or grass. Such a device is considered very practical, but requiring constant regulation. Groove feeders suitable when animals are fed with root crops and concentrated feed. The advantage of this type is the ability to simultaneously feed a large number of animals. Bunker feeder often called the best variation. It is used for grain and other bulk feed, including in the form of granules.
Such a device is easy to fill with fresh food, which is enough for several days, and rabbits will not be able to throw and stomp it. Finally, cup feeders are created that are made of metal, clay, and even concrete. This variety is also used for granular and bulk feed. In all cases, device drawings can be found on the Internet, and sizes are determined depending on the task.
From the pipes
An ordinary sewer pipe, available on the farm, quickly and easily transforms into a full groove feeder. The only condition is that the diameter should be in the range from 100 to 150 millimeters, otherwise the operation will be extremely uncomfortable. To begin with, a piece of the required size, determined depending on the number of rabbits to be fed, should be cut from the whole pipe.
With the help of a jigsaw, holes in the shape of a rectangle or even an oval are cut in the lateral part. In a simpler version, one hole is made at the top. The ends of the feeder are necessarily covered with caps. Hooks are attached to the back of the pipe to secure the feeder in a conveniently selected location.
From the construction profile
The construction profile from tin can be transformed into a hopper-type feeder. You will need a part whose width corresponds to 100 millimeters and a height of only 40 millimeters. The markup corresponding to the drawing will be more convenient to apply using a marker. In the lower part of the profile, several holes are made, located at an equal distance from each other. It is more convenient to do this with a drill with a drill, the diameter of which is 7 or 8 millimeters.
To make the holes correct, it is better to lay a board under the profile during drilling.
The contour of the parts, applied to the profile, is made out with scissors designed for working on metal, and burrs must be eliminated with a file. A bar, a hammer and pliers will allow you to create the necessary shape of the structure, bending the sheets according to the markup. The final fixation is carried out using rivets. It is more convenient to fasten the structure in the cage to hooks or other fastening element.
In a similar way, the structure is made of a conventional sheet of tin. Having cut the parts according to the marking, it is necessary to bend the metal with pliers or a mandrel with a hammer to get the necessary shape. After the feeder is assembled with rivets, all sharp parts are filed with a file.
From a plastic bottle
The simplest feeder is made from a plastic bottle for a drink, the volume of which is 1.5-2 liters. With a sharp knife, it is enough to cut a hole in the side in the form of a rectangle where the feed will be folded, and then attach the resulting device to the cell wall with screws or wire. The window for convenience should have the parameters of 20 x10 centimeters. In addition, it is important not to forget about the presence of the cap, which should be closed.
Making a plywood feeder is not considered to be long-term, as rabbits can quickly gnaw all wooden parts quite quickly. In this case, it is correct to make an additional coating of galvanized sheet, at least in those places with which rabbits directly come into contact.
To protect the elements from animals, and the animals themselves from injury, all protruding parts are also recommended to be closed with corners.
Creating a feeder begins with marking all the materials. Following this, individual fragments are cut out or cut out with scissors designed for working on metal. Burrs are eliminated immediately and sharp edges are smoothed out. Wooden parts are made with punched corners, after which all parts are connected according to the drawing.
Plywood is also suitable for creating a nursery. For the whole process you will need a tree, a saw or a hacksaw, wire, screws or nails, a hammer and nippers, as well as a screwdriver. Having made the drawings, it is necessary to transfer the markup to the material. First, side walls are cut out of plywood, which are then assembled into a triangle with one acute angle. The central section of the feeder is in this case rectangular. Between themselves, the components are fixed with screws.
Another simple solution would be to create a wooden square structure from plywood sheets. It is necessary to prepare eight boards, the thickness of which is 2.5 centimeters. Half is used to form the bottom, and the rest is used to create the sides. Fixation of individual parts is carried out using self-tapping screws. As a result, it is important to get a square design with sides of 40 x 40 centimeters.
Thinking over the feeder and choosing the shape for it, it is important not to forget that the structure should be convenient to clean. If there is no opportunity to clean the corners or get to the back walls, then the food can begin to rot and become a health hazard for the rabbit. The type of feeder is largely determined by what kind of feed will be contained in it. For example, it is more convenient to pour liquids into drinking bowls, to spread root crops in bulk containers, and to place hay in nets.
Creating a feeder, a good solution would be add dividers for additional compartments. For example, it can be drinking bowls with water, compartments for roughage. The "entrance" to the feeder should be located at a height of 7 to 10 centimeters from the flooring in the cage.