I really don't know what thread this belongs in. We have a green patch but not one for critter related stuff. The one thing I've disliked about our coop from day one is that every time I try to go in to feed, the girls all bum rush me to get out. Well that, and the fact that we can't go away for a weekend without finding a chicken sitter. SO, I designed a little free feeder that will hold 50 pounds erm ok 200 pounds of feed and today we built it and put it in the coop. One of our friends gave us a bunch of scrap lumber a while back, and there were 4, 2"x12"x24" pieces in there. We picked up a sheet of 1/2" plywood, and used screws and hinges we already had lying around. The feeder would be 4' wide, 2' tall, and 1' deep, with a feed trough that was 2" tall, 3" deep, and ran the length of the feeder. As it turned out, the 1/2" plywood wasn't stout enough for the front lip of the trough and the ends split when we tried to screw them on. We ended up ripping a leftover cedar fence picket to do the front. If I had to build it again, I'd probably go with a 1"x12" for the bottom as well. I wanted the feeder part just big enough for them to poke their heads in, but too small for them to get their nasty feet in. I swear those girls live to get poop in their feeder. After we got it hung and I dumped a sack of feed in it, we realized it was going to hold a LOT more feed than we'd originally thought. For now 50 pounds will last about 10 days. I'm going to set some cinderblocks underneath it for support before I fill it.