We raise Jumbo Coturnix Quail as pets and to provide our family of four with fresh eggs. We live in a residential area and our city does not allow chickens. The quail are very quiet, are not considered livestock (they are game birds) so I'm technically not violating the rules. They are great pets but very messy eaters and they waste a lot of food. I've tried every feeder available with no success, so I decided to create my own. The quail love to fling the food around with their head as they eat, so I figured they would need a feeder that would contain the food but still allow enough room for them to put their heads inside to feed. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so I used mainly repurposed items. You will need a large pretzel container (or similar), 1 1/4 inch PVC sprinkler pipe, 4" ABS pipe (or similar tube), a 1 3/4 hole saw (or exacto knife), and a hot glue gun.

Step 1: Cut Parts

Cut 1 1/4 PVC pipe into 3/4 inch rings. These will be the collars for the feed ports. Cut 4 to 6 of these, depending on how many ports you want in your feeder.

Cut the 4" abs pipe to the height of your barrel. This will be the feed hopper. Cut slots or drill holes at one end of the hopper as shown. This will allow the feed to spill out into the bottom of the barrel. I painted the outside of mine grey, but it could be left black.

Use the 1 3/4 inch hole saw to cut the holes for the feed ports in the barrel. I cut them a few inches from the bottom. Drill 4 to 6 equally spaced holes. If you do not have a hole saw, you could use the PVC ring as a template and draw around it on the barrel with a Sharpie pen. At that point you could carefully cut a hole in the barrel with an exacto knife or a box cutter. Since we will be glueing in the ring in the next step. the cutout doesn't have to be perfectly smooth.

I need a version of this for my rats. They climb in and dig for the best, kicking the rest everywhere
I am going to try a five gallon bucket and put my jug inside it. It should be the same principle
<p>I will go make this, when I find a large enough container. Thanks</p>
This is exactly what we've been needing! Our quails kick half their food out and it ends up in the compost with their poop. Thanks!
<p>Cool...now to get some quail ;)</p>
<p>This would work well for chicks. They fling food as well and tend to knock over egg crates (typically what is used). Neat idea!</p>
<p>super duper nice work</p>
<p>Nicely done!</p>

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