Automatic feeder

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Automatic feeder

Postby Uncle Dave » Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:24 pm

Anyone have any ideas on an automatic feeder setup? I'm having trouble finding someone to swing by and feed dogs while I'm out of town, so I'm looking for some kind of automatic feeder to tide me over for 3-4 days while I'm gone so I don't have to drag dogs along. Currently have 3 in a shared kennel. Thinking some type of timed deer feeder piped down instead of scattering, or pvc type gravity feeder and hope they don't bloat themselves from over eating. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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Re: Automatic feeder

Postby Twopipe » Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:25 pm

A good dog hunts wherever he's set down.
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Re: Automatic feeder

Postby david » Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:47 pm

If you want to control portions ignore this.

But many years ago, I used a blue plastic barrel on its side with a door cut; just like some do for dog houses. But it was a food barrel. I drilled drainage, venting holes along the bottom, and put in their portions of food for the amount of time I would be gone. If they ate it up quickly, then maybe they got fat. But they were healthy, and not bloated when I got home.

Feast and then fast is a very natural cycle for predators, and also for humans. There are many proven health and mental benefits for intermittent fasting. And less food is unmistakably tied to longevity. A figure I recently heard a doctor say was 30% less food produces 30% longer life. (This was regarding humans, but he quoted studies done with animals)
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Re: Automatic feeder

Postby JTG » Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:22 pm

Good points, David

I have been doing intermittent fasting for years. It good for the hounds as well, although type and timing is very important.
Fasting with proper food combination. Gracie Diet. https://www.amazon.com/Gracie-Diet-Revi ... f0&hvadid={creative}&hvpos={adposition}&hvnetw=o&hvrand={random}&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl={devicemodel}&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4583726541035328&psc=1

david wrote:If you want to control portions ignore this.

But many years ago, I used a blue plastic barrel on its side with a door cut; just like some do for dog houses. But it was a food barrel. I drilled drainage, venting holes along the bottom, and put in their portions of food for the amount of time I would be gone. If they ate it up quickly, then maybe they got fat. But they were healthy, and not bloated when I got home.

Feast and then fast is a very natural cycle for predators, and also for humans. There are many proven health and mental benefits for intermittent fasting. And less food is unmistakably tied to longevity. A figure I recently heard a doctor say was 30% less food produces 30% longer life. (This was regarding humans, but he quoted studies done with animals)

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