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Cheryle's Fish Net Feeder 2
This is the bottom of the first of the three feeders built. The mesh is the one that I will be using for all of them. It is heavier and more sturdy. The feeder size is approximately 3'x3' and 2' deep. The runners on the bottom are 3-4"x4" and then 6 short 2"x4" in between to support the mesh. There is extra weight on here that is not needed so you could maybe use less or smaller size boards.
|This is the next picture of the first feeder. It is all out of recycled materials. The main wood is tongue and groove which makes it very heavy.There are 5 - 3' long 2'x6' boards on each side. Feeder size is approximately 3'x3' and 2' deep. You can fit half of an 80 lb bale of hay in it. This will feed one horse for two days. Some times I fluff the hay on the second day because it can get held up on the edges. However, I have tested it and it can go for the two days without my help. The metal on the corners is just for looks but is not needed. Diagonal pieces are 1"x4" 2 hinge and have latches so the netted frame stays in.|
Next picture of the first feeder. This shows the 6 metal brackets that attach the bottom. The netted frame in this picture was our first attempt ;-) The wooden ones we have now are far better.
Here is the third feeder and so far very happy with it. It is approximately 5'x3-1/2' and 2' deep. It is also out of recycled materials. The main wood is tongue and groove which makes it very heavy.There are 5 - 3-1/2' long 2'x6' boards on two sides. Then 5 - 5' long 2'x6' boards on the other two sides. Then 1"x3" on corners for looks and metal brackets attached to bottom runners. The middle 1"x3" is there because I change my mind on the size :) so he made a way to not waste the wood. I wanted it wider then first thought. Handle is there so we could get it out through the shop door. But because it is so heavy we are going to keep them just turn them.
So here you can see the diagonal 1"x4" that keep the frame in. 2 hinge and have latches. The picture shows the frame in the bottom without the hay. It is made out of 4 1x2's per half with net stapled to one half of the frame.
Net is cut to fit (give room for stretching so cut bigger than you think). Wrap net around the side of the frame and staple to edge at every knot. Hole size is around 1 1/4 in.
The metal brackets reinforce the corners, and then long screws are driven through both halves to sandwich the net between the frames. Go to the first post there is a better picture of the frame.
I can put a full 80lb bale of hay in there and that then feeds my other two horses for 2 days as well.
The runners on the bottom are 2"x6" and there are 4 of them and metal brackets attach the bottom to the feeder from the out side. We put mesh over the long side in case one of the got the idea to chew on the wood. ;-)
Just another angle..
Better picture of the latch.
Latch and hinge.
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