Our rabbits are many things, and one of them is tenacious when it comes to food and treats. We got them an automatic feeder to make sure they get pellets at the same time every morning. Honey found she could chew, claw, dig, and ram the feeder to get more. Screwing it all down to a wooden base made tipping harder, but didn’t stop the chewing.
I needed to remove their access to the device. Listening to Honey claw and dig at the bowl for hours on end is getting old. I ditched the old bowl and used a 4″ to 2″ PVC coupling as a funnel.
I mounted it with some small screws run in through the side. I can remove it and make repairs or changes if need be. The dispenser sits over it nicely and is held in place with a few low cleats. They keep it from shifting, but you can pick it right up if adjustments are needed.
Next a length of pipe acted as a down spout. I start with only this downspout, but the pellets came out too quickly from the drop. They would hit the bowl and go everywhere. The bunnies didn’t mind the game of 52 pellet pickup, but some pellets would escape the fence.
A few elbows helped slow everything down. They have enough velocity coming down the chute to not get stuck in the first one, but aren’t going so fast to scatter all over when they hit the bowl.
The whole contraption sits nicely on the bun-servation tower, and a few screws ensures they can’t knock it down on themselves. It has been a week and the silence is golden. The furry raptors don’t seem to mind the change, they get food all the same. Now they just don’t short tomorrow’s meal by shaking it out early.