Hopper And Trough Patents (Class 119/52.1)
  • Patent number: 10842127
    Abstract: An animal feeding system can consist of at least a housing physically supported by a stand a predetermined distance above a ground level. A first dispensing assembly may be attached to a first dispensing aperture of the housing while a second dispensing assembly is attached to a second dispensing aperture of the housing. The first dispensing assembly and second dispensing assemblies can be different and physically separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: DEERROOTS, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Landry
  • Patent number: 10820570
    Abstract: A dog feeder that includes a base, a lid, and a coupler. The base includes a left wall and a right wall that extend vertically away from a tray between the left wall and the right wall. The tray is configured to contain dog food. The lid includes a front side and a back side, where the front side includes a protrusion that protrudes outwards away from the back side. The coupler couples the base to the lid such that the lid is capable of swinging between the left wall and the right wall. The protrusion is configured such that when a head of a dog pushes against the protrusion to swing the lid to expose the tray, ears of the dog do not reach an edge of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventors: Graciela Rojas, Elda Yaneth Castro
  • Patent number: 10757912
    Abstract: Implementations of a mobile pet feeder are provided. In some implementations, the mobile pet feeder comprises a water container, a holder, an upper strap, and a lower strap. In some implementations, a method of using the mobile pet feeder comprises positioning and attaching the mobile pet feeder to the back side of a seat of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Alex Hill
  • Patent number: 10724885
    Abstract: An improved system and device for dispensing a cleaning agent is provided. The system can include a dispenser and a removable chemical container having the cleaning agent. The dispenser can include a storage portion, a dispensing portion, and a metering chamber associated with the dispensing portion. The metering chamber can be configured to receive a metered amount of the cleaning agent from the storage portion and dispense the metered amount to an outlet associated with a channel. The metering chamber can be removable and/or selectively interchangeable with another metering chamber configured to dispense a different metered amount. A dispenser includes an inlet gate and an outlet gate adapted to be selectively opened and closed to permit the cleaning agent to enter and exit the metering chamber. The inlet gate can open simultaneously as the outlet gate closes. The device can be hand-held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventor: Justin Denton Emmert
  • Patent number: 10687511
    Abstract: The invention concerns an animal feed system (1) suitable for supplying feed or water, comprising: a freely rotatable holder (2) for feed or water with a discharge opening (3) provided in the underside; a catchment tray (4) for supporting the holder (2) and capturing and temporarily storing the feed or water dispensed via the discharge opening (3); fixing means intended to attach the holder (2) to the catchment tray (4), wherein the fixing means comprise an annular fixing element (5) with security edge (6), wherein said fixing element (5) comprises a passage (7) for the feed or water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: MP Group nv
    Inventor: Sabine Gevaert
  • Patent number: 10604353
    Abstract: A proximity detector includes a sensor providing a proximity reading. The proximity detector is capable of comparing the reading to a rising threshold level and a falling threshold level, wherein the falling threshold level is less than the rising threshold level. The proximity detector continuously stores a minimum reading value for the proximity reading. The proximity detector will report the presence of granular material only if the proximity reading remains less than the falling threshold level and within an epsilon value of the minimum reading value for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: BECS TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Todd Steinbrueck
  • Patent number: 10426141
    Abstract: A poultry feeding system includes walls which together delimit a feeding space which at its upper side is accessible for poultry via a feeding opening. A feed supply is provided for supplying feed at an inlet position into the feeding space, such that poultry is able to pick feed out of the feeding space. The walls are at least partly provided with an abrasive surface structure that includes a pattern of a plurality of sharp-edged line-elevations for having beaks of the poultry abraded and worn as they pick feed out of the feeding space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: ROXELL bvba
    Inventor: Philippe Hyppoliet Pia Maria Keirse
  • Patent number: 10292362
    Abstract: An animal feeding device comprising a body having a first opening in a first end thereof and a second opening in a second end thereof, the body being in the form of a channel having a substantially C-, U- or V-shape in cross section and comprising a passageway extending between the first opening and the second opening, the body further comprising one or more bends therein such that the first opening and the second opening are provided in different orientations to one another, and wherein the body is adapted to substantially preclude the accumulation of animal feed on an inner surface of the passageway during use, and wherein in use an open portion of the channel is located so as to abut an inner surface of a receptacle in which animal feed is housed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Craig Leach
  • Patent number: 10085543
    Abstract: A pet water bottle assembly comprising an upper bottle member and a cup member. An upstanding wall and an upwardly facing bottom surface of the cup member collectively define a reservoir adapted to hold liquid. The upstanding wall has a first circumferential wall portion with a first wall portion height and a second circumferential wall portion with a second wall portion height. The first wall portion height is greater than the second wall portion height to thereby provide a pet enhanced access to liquid within the reservoir when the cup member is tilted such that a top surface of liquid in the reservoir is level with the first axial extent. The cup member is adapted such that the upper bottle member snugly nests within the cup member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: O2COOL, LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Breit, Eric F. Junkel, Michael Ksiazek
  • Patent number: 9974279
    Abstract: A nutrient dispensing device for animals includes an access basin and a support portion attached to the access basin. The dispensing device includes a ramp spanning between the access basin and the support portion. A storage tank is disposed on the support portion, and a first end of the ramp is located partially beneath an open end of the storage tank. The ramp also includes at least one shield attached along a portion of the ramp, and the shield resists contents stored in the storage tank from entering a region of the support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Melaney Northrop, Michael D. Harper, David R. Veness
  • Patent number: 9554555
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for protecting wildlife feed. The apparatus has a body with a bottom portion and a top portion. The body is configured to attach to a feed accumulation portion of a wildlife feeder that provides feed accessible to wildlife. The apparatus further includes a first extension member angularly extending forward from the bottom portion of the body, and a second extension member angularly extending rearward from the top portion of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Rick Meritt
  • Patent number: 9462783
    Abstract: A wildlife feeder having a hopper, a manifold, and a removed head at a removed end of the manifold. The hopper is designed to enclose particulate feed, such as corn, for dispensing through the manifold and head to wildlife. The head has a multiplicity of feed troughs and each feed trough has an angled top wall and an angled bottom wall, angled with respect to a longitudinal axis of the manifold and a plane of a tabular floor of the head. The head may include a perforated material to assist in allowing moisture and dust to escape from the feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: All Seasons Feeders, Ltd.
    Inventors: Burnell Gates, Zach Gates
  • Patent number: 9320263
    Abstract: A kit for a bird feeder comprising a guard member of a generally disk like configuration, the guard member sloping downwardly from an interior point to an exterior edge thereof, the guard member having a centrally located opening therein to encircle a bird feeder, and a generally circular wall extending downwardly from the lower surface of the guard member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Paul L. Cote
  • Patent number: 9204619
    Abstract: A wildlife feeder having a hopper, a manifold, and a removed head at a removed end of the manifold. The hopper is designed to enclose particulate feed, such as corn, for dispensing through the manifold and head to wildlife. The head has a multiplicity of feed troughs and each feed trough has an angled top wall and an angled bottom wall, angled with respect to a longitudinal axis of the manifold and a plane of a tabular floor of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: All Seasons Feeders, Ltd.
    Inventor: Burnell Gates
  • Patent number: 8985052
    Abstract: A bird feeder of the tube-type having a vertically disposed hollow body portion formed of a clear plastic material. The body portion has a plurality of inverted, truncated funnel members or baffles positioned therein in a vertically spaced-apart relationship which maintain a certain amount of feed at that level even though the main feed supply has dropped below that funnel member or baffle. The baffles direct feed to feed openings formed in the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sweet Corn Products LLC
    Inventor: Raymon W. Lush
  • Patent number: 8910592
    Abstract: A plurality of pliant scrapers are preferably secured to a feeder grille. The grille keeps an animal from walking in the feed. The scrapers are pliant to flex when the animal presses its head into a gap between adjacent scrapers, without causing undue pain or harm. When the animal pushes into the gap between adjacent scrapers, the pliant scrapers spread sufficiently to allow the animal's head to pass. When the animal subsequently backs out of the feeder, the pliant scrapers flip from pointing into the gap to pointing slightly out from the gap. As the animal continues to recede from the feeder, the scrapers wipe across the face and mouth of the animal. The wiping separates any unsecured hay or feed from the mouth of the animal. When the scrapers eventually separate from the animal, they spring towards the feeder interior, thereby propelling loose hay back into the feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: William C. Kurtz
  • Patent number: 8904960
    Abstract: An animal feeder for grazing/foraging animals adapted to anatomically replicate a natural grazing/foraging position and physiologically replicate a natural grazing/foraging pattern in which the animal feeder has a hopper for storing feed, and a trough from which an animal can feed in a natural ground-level grazing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Michelle Patricia O'Connor
  • Patent number: 8893656
    Abstract: Apparatus for covering a feeding aperture (240) of an animal shelter (200) comprises at least one first curtain (120) which includes a first edge (122) from which it can be fastened to the upper edge (244) of the feeding aperture, and a second edge (124) which is dimensioned to extend at least close to the lower edge (242) of the feeding aperture when the curtain is hanging freely. The apparatus further comprises a turning mechanism (102, 106, 108, 110, 112) for moving the second edge of the curtain in the first direction towards the interior of the animal shelter and in the second direction away from the interior of the animal shelter. Preferably, the turning mechanism comprises swinging arms (110), that can be arranged to the upper edge of the feeding aperture. The second edge of the first curtain is moved by changing the position of the swinging arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Arkkitehtitoimisto Jouni Pitkaranta Oy
    Inventor: Jouni Pitkäranta
  • Patent number: 8857373
    Abstract: An apparatus for gravity fed animal feeder forms from a mold that combines a storage compartment that protects feed. The feed is entered into the storage compartment through a top opening. The storage compartment is connected with a food trough that allows feed to refill once the feed is removed. An upper attachment and a lower attachment attach the storage compartment with existing tree of pole. An upper mounting bracket in the upper attachment is larger than a lower mounting bracket in the lower attachment allowing the feed to easily flow towards a side opening of the storage compartment. Attaching straps are connected to the upper mounting bracket and to the lower mounting bracket by strap connecters. A lid is attached around the top opening and secured to the storage compartment by a locking mechanism. The apparatus can be placed at ground level or at an elevated level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Bryan Jenkins
  • Publication number: 20140261198
    Abstract: A dispenser for flowable consumables includes a tray containing a pooling space in which contents from a bottle can be selectively transferred. The bottle is pivotably mountable to the tray via coupling structure which engages the bottle and carries pivot structure engageable hingeably with the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Lawrence I. Wechsler
  • Publication number: 20140230736
    Abstract: A wildlife feeder having a hopper, a manifold, and a removed head at a removed end of the manifold. The hopper is designed to enclose particulate feed, such as corn, for dispensing through the manifold and head to wildlife. The head has a multiplicity of feed troughs and each feed trough has an angled top wall and an angled bottom wall, angled with respect to a longitudinal axis of the manifold and a plane of a tabular floor of the head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: All Seasons Feeders, Inc.
    Inventor: Burnell Gates
  • Publication number: 20140150724
    Abstract: A birdfeeder has a base (20) comprising a frame (30), a floor (40), and a railing (50). The frame (30) can be inexpensively constructed from wooden boards having standard widths and depths. The floor (40) is selectively removable from the rest of the base (20) and can be economically made from a perforation-provided sheet with unturned edges. The railing (50) is situated below the floor (40) but not below the frame (30) so as to accommodate ledge-seating, limb-hanging, or pole-mounting of the birdfeeder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Nature's Way LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Keith Moone
  • Patent number: 8698013
    Abstract: A feed weighing assembly includes an assembly scale, a display screen interfacing with the assembly scale and an insert body carried by the assembly scale and sized and configured for placement in a game feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventors: James C. Hall, James F. Hall, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8651053
    Abstract: In accordance with the disclosed subject matter, an automatic feeder comprising a feed bin for storing bulk material, a trough for dispensing the feed to livestock, and a vein assembly positioned horizontally between the feed bin and the trough for transferring the bulk feed from the feed bin to the trough is provided. The vein assembly comprises a vein tube that houses a rotatable vein shaft and flexible wipers affixed as spokes to the shaft that form vein compartments for the feed. A motor assembly with a programmable timer rotates the vein shaft within the vein tube thereby transferring feed from the feed bin, to the vein compartments, and then to the trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Wayland Reid
  • Patent number: 8573156
    Abstract: An animal feeding device for feeding animals, including wildlife, is disclosed. The animal feeding device includes a first storage compartment and a second storage compartment inside the first storage compartment. Both storage compartments have openings on the upper ends thereof. The first and second storage compartments have feed assemblies engaged to the lower end thereof, to provide a first feed from a first storage compartment to a first feed assembly, and a second feed from a second storage compartment to a second feed assembly. In this manner, two different types of feed may be poured into one device, but kept separate, a first feed, for example, in a first storage compartment, and a second feed in a second storage compartment. Moreover, a first and second feeding assembly can be engaged with the first or second storage means and below the first and second storage means to gravity feed the first feed to the first feed assembly and the second feed to the second feed assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: All Seasons Feeders, Inc.
    Inventor: Burnell Gates
  • Publication number: 20130233248
    Abstract: An improved manual portion control feeder includes a food delivery mechanism that is in communication with a food reservoir and which, when actuated, dispenses a predetermined amount of food from the reservoir into another vessel. Advantageously, the feeding apparatus further includes a feedback mechanism which, responsive to an actuation of the food delivery mechanism, provides at least one of an acoustic indication and a tactile indication that is representative of the dispensing of a predetermined quantity of food by the food delivery mechanism. The acoustic and/or tactile indication enables the feeding apparatus to remain disposed on, for example, a floor and alerts the user that a predetermined amount of food has been dispensed from the reservoir since the acoustic and/or tactile indications are detectable with relative ease. This enables an animal to be provided a predetermined amount of food with minimal attention being required of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: David Veness, Vasitha Obeyesekere, Melaney Northrop
  • Patent number: 8516975
    Abstract: A pet feeding system for separating spilled food from spilled water comprises a housing having a contained feeding area and at least one opening used to separate spilled food from spilled water. The system may include a sloped surface extending downward from a bowl region toward a collection region. A method for collecting spilled food and spilled water from a pet feeding system includes the step of separating spilled water from spilled food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: TowerStar Pets, LLC
    Inventors: Fernando Becattini, Jr., Jay Richard Sobel, Fernando Becattini, Sr., Steve Arthur Copeland
  • Publication number: 20130174788
    Abstract: An animal feeder for grazing/foraging animals adapted to anatomically replicate a natural grazing/foraging position and physiologically replicate a natural grazing/foraging pattern in which the animal feeder has a hopper for storing feed, and a trough from which an animal can feed in a natural ground-level grazing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: Michelle Patricia O'Connor
  • Publication number: 20130139757
    Abstract: A poultry feeder is provided that may be fully charged with feed. In one embodiment, the feeder includes a feeder pan and a feeder tower that vertically moveable with respect to the pan. The feeder tower is movable between a first closed position in which a bottom end of the feeder tower engages the feeder pan and a second open position forming a gap between the end of the tower and pan to dispense feed. Feed is precluded from entering the pan when the feeder tower is in the first position. In some embodiments, an adjusting collar may be provided to limit regulate the amount of feed dispensed to the feeder pan. The feeder tower is configured for suspension from an overhead feeding system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Frederick W. Steudler, JR.
  • Patent number: 8443758
    Abstract: A feed bin boot slide operator provides an arm which may be adjustable in length operably coupled to a handle supported by a leg. The leg and arm are preferably pivotably connected together and the leg may terminate at a foot with a pivot. Movement of the handle reciprocates the arm which is connected to a sliding door so the operator need not crouch underneath the feed bin to operate the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Dana Williams
  • Patent number: 8418651
    Abstract: A trough has a vertically disposed open front and a parallel rear panel and a horizontally disposed bottom panel. A front edge is located beneath the open front. The trough has an angled panel between the rear panel the bottom panel. Vertically disposed side panels create a chamber there between with a horizontally disposed rectangular open top. A vertically disposed divider panel is located within the chamber. The divider panel is parallel with and spaced between the open front and rear panel. In this manner a major chamber is formed rearwardly and a minor chamber forwardly. A passageway is formed between the divider panel and the bottom panel. In this manner food in the major chamber will move to the minor chamber upon depletion of food from the minor chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Samuel L. Kight
  • Publication number: 20130061809
    Abstract: An apparatus for gravity fed animal feeder forms from a mold that combines a storage compartment that protects feed. The feed is entered into the storage compartment through a top opening. The storage compartment is connected with a food trough that allows feed to refill once the feed is removed. An upper attachment and a lower attachment attach the storage compartment with existing tree of pole. An upper mounting bracket in the upper attachment is larger than a lower mounting bracket in the lower attachment allowing the feed to easily flow towards a side opening of the storage compartment. Attaching straps are connected to the upper mounting bracket and to the lower mounting bracket by strap connecters. A lid is attached around the top opening and secured to the storage compartment by a locking mechanism. The apparatus can be placed at ground level or at an elevated level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Bryan P. JENKINS
  • Patent number: 8347816
    Abstract: The invention relates to a feed dispenser for birds with a wear-resistant pecking area. This feed dispenser comprises a dispensing pan with a raised mid-section, that is surrounded entirely by a base plate. This base plate is built up of a plastic base material and a substantially impenetrable contiguous layer of material that is more wear-resistant than the plastic base material, for example a more wear-resistant plastic or metal. This achieves the advantage that the base plate is protected from perforation by the birds' beaks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Roxell N.V.
    Inventor: Philippe Hyppoliet Pia Maria Keirse
  • Publication number: 20120325157
    Abstract: A pet feeding system that includes a dish assembly configured to regulate intake of food by a pet, such as a cat. The dish assembly includes a housing and a cooperating food-dispensing receptacle that dispenses food into a food-receiving chamber within the housing permitting a pet to access food in the chamber through at least one feeder port that only permits a paw of the pet to reach within the housing to get some food, while preventing direct access to the food by the head or muzzle of the pet. A lip can be provided adjacent the feeder port that provides an obstacle to free withdrawal of the food out of the feeder port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: Pioneer Pet Products, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Lipscomb, Betsy M. Lipscomb, Qing He, Stanley L. Suring
  • Patent number: 8336493
    Abstract: A pet feeder includes a food container. A base supports the food container and includes a food storage area for receiving food from the food container. The base also includes a bowl for allowing a pet access to food. The bowl is disposed adjacent to the food storage area. The pet feeder further includes a ramp adapted to be inserted into the food storage area for directing food from the food container to the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Doskocil Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam W. Weber
  • Publication number: 20120298045
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a tray containing a pooling space in which contents from a reservoir can be selectively transferred. The reservoir is mountable to the tray, at least in an inactive position, in such manner that the reservoir and tray combination can be selectively oriented in two relative positionings which include the inactive position and a feeding position. The tray is configured to have a longitudinal extent which is coextensive with only a portion of a corresponding longitudinal extent of a particular sized reservoir. The tray includes a proximal end at which the opening of the reservoir is approximately located when in the inactive position, and a distal end spaced apart longitudinally from the proximal end, and which corresponds positionally to a longitudinal position between the reservoir base and the opening thereof when in the inactive (travel/storage) position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Lawrence I. Wechsler
  • Patent number: 8272350
    Abstract: A receptacle assembly includes a receptacle formed by a continuous sidewall extending between a bottom and an opposed top. A diverter, formed with inclined channels, is positioned in the bottom of the receptacle opposite to the top. A volume is defined by the continuous sidewall between the inclined channels of the diverter and the top, an opening is formed in the continuous sidewall opposite to each of the inclined channels, and the inclined channels of the diverter are for receiving and conveying material from the volume to the respective openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: David P. England
  • Publication number: 20120199077
    Abstract: A feeder is provided, in particular for feeding poultry, comprising a polygonal feeding pan defined by a base and a plurality of side walls depending from the base. The side walls define an outer peripheral edge of the feeder having a plurality of substantially straight outer edges. The feeder provides increased feeding space and feed volume with respect to a circular feeder having a radius equal to the apothem of the polygonal feeding pan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: Stephen John Cottam, Franciscus Maria Wilhemus Ermerins
  • Patent number: 8220414
    Abstract: The invention relates to a feeding apparatus (100) used for feeding animals, such as cattle, in an animal shelter (50). The apparatus is arranged in connection with a feeding aperture (110) in the wall of the animal shelter, and it includes an air-permeating first wall (104) and an air-restricting second wall (106) together with a trough (102) for the dispensed feed. The first and second wall can be moved in front of the feeding aperture, in which case the feeding aperture is closed, and away from the feeding aperture, in which case the feeding aperture is open. A feed cover (108) has been placed onto the lower edge of the first wall in such a way that it covers part of the feed in the trough. Preferably the feed cover is a flexible structure made out of rubber, the free edge of which is equipped with an edge reinforcement (116). The first wall is fastened from its upper edge to the upper edge of the feeding aperture with hinges (112).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Arkkitehtuuritoimisto Jouni Pitkaranta Oy
    Inventor: Jouni Pitkäranta
  • Publication number: 20120125263
    Abstract: A nutrient dispensing device for animals includes an access basin and a support portion attached to the access basin. The dispensing device includes a ramp spanning between the access basin and the support portion. A storage tank is disposed on the support portion, and a first end of the ramp is located partially beneath an open end of the storage tank. The ramp also includes at least one shield attached along a portion of the ramp, and the shield resists contents stored in the storage tank from entering a region of the support portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: Melaney Northrop, Michael D. Harper, David R. Veness
  • Publication number: 20120073506
    Abstract: Gravity flow animal feed dispensing apparatus includes feed supply tubes depending from a bottom wall of a feed storage hopper supported by a frame elevated above ground level. Feed dispensing tubes or a plate are connected to the feed supply tubes and flow control baffles and/or a flow control valve limit the dispensation of feed. A wildfowl embodiment of the apparatus includes an access control cage disposed about the feed dispensing member. The orientation of the feed supply tubes and dispensing tubes may be varied to provide access to feed by animals of various sizes and to provide for placement of the apparatus adjacent a confinement wall or fence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Rick Meritt
  • Publication number: 20120055410
    Abstract: A hopper type squirrel resistant bird feeder which has a base having first and second ends and first and second sides, first and second end walls located proximate the first and second ends of the base and first and second side walls set inwardly of the first and second sides of the base to define a feed access area with the first and second side walls being spaced upwardly from the base, a feed cavity being defined by the base, end walls and side walls, and a seed guard extending over the feed access area, the seed guard having at least a portion spaced from the base and having apertures formed therein to permit access by birds to the feed access area. The bird feeder is of the knock down variety and can easily be disassembled for cleaning purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Paul Côté
  • Publication number: 20120037079
    Abstract: An animal feeder having a feed reservoir for storing flowable solid animal feed, a feed zone receiving animal feed from the feed reservoir, and a tray pivotally attached below the feed zone, the tray being pivotable between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: MARK RASMUSSEN, Melvin Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 8074601
    Abstract: A feeder pan for poultry has a sunk bottom and an edge surrounding the bottom, the bottom being resiliently transformable and the edge being rigid. The bottom can be made of a relatively soft plastic, such as a thermoplastic elastomer, whereas the edge can be made of a relatively hard plastic, such as a polyolefin or a polyamide. The edge may present a profile and may present a closed section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Cornelius Antonius Wilehlmus Van de Ven
  • Patent number: 8033248
    Abstract: A method of managing feed flow within a feeder from a feed supply conduit to a pan of said feeder is provided. The method includes the step of providing a feeder including a pan and a drop tube assembly where the assembly is configured to receive feed from the conduit, and where the assembly defines a feed gate through an outer wall thereof such that feed received from the conduit flows through the feed gate and into the pan. The method further includes the step of regulating a position of the feed gate in the outer wall of the assembly such that feed flow into the pan can be substantially controlled, such that the feed flow can be substantially directed into selected areas and at selected levels within the pan, and/or such that the position of the feed gate is variable relative to a distal end of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: CTB, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore J. Cole, Lionel L. Kreger, James R. Kraft, Philip Wilfong
  • Publication number: 20110239947
    Abstract: A sow feeder includes a feed storage hopper comprising an upper funnel, an intermediate feed discharging tube, and a ring fixedly secured under the feed discharging tube; a feed transport mechanism comprising a cylindrical solid post having a diameter less than inner diameters of both the ring and the feed discharging tube, and a base having a diameter greater than an outer diameter of the ring; a hollow fastening mechanism releasably secured to the post passing through the ring and the feed discharging tube; and a feed collection container releasably secured to the feed discharging tube to dispose below the base. Feed material in the feed storage hopper is adapted to discharge into the feed collection through the feed discharging tube by lifting the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Jung Wei Chang
  • Publication number: 20110220029
    Abstract: A wild bird feeder configured with perches and seed openings that are positioned to encourage certain sizes and species of birds and/or discourage certain sizes and species of birds. A wild bird feeder including a watering station and a feeding station. A wild bird feeder with a seed holder and a plurality of feeding stations vertically spaced apart on the seed holder. A diffuser mounted within the seed holder to define a seed collection point corresponding to at least one of the feeding stations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventors: Mario A. Olmos, Eric Juergens, Charles E. Bain, Larry Sternal
  • Patent number: 8015944
    Abstract: An improved livestock feeder provided with an adjustable feed dispensing mechanism including control levers which are operatively connected to the feed metering gates to control the flow of feed to livestock. The dispensing mechanism features a control lever which engage an array of indexing holes formed in the feeder to position the feed gate within the opening to adjust the amount of feed dispensed from the hopper. The dispensing mechanism includes a graduated scale corresponding to each of the index holes to provide a standard setting for the feeder which can be utilized by an animal producer to supply of feed flow at a given stage in the animal's life cycle to obtain a desired growth rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: CTB, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Bondarenko, Bryan S. Shive, Leon S. Zimmerman, George S. Zimmerman, Anthony Martin, Harry R. Van Horn, II, Andrew Rausch
  • Publication number: 20110192350
    Abstract: A squirrel-proof bird feeder and feed level control device is described. The bird feeder includes a vertically disposed inner housing member which is positioned within a vertically disposed outer housing member with each of the housing members including a plurality of vertically spaced-apart housing segments. The spacing of the housing segments divide feed openings therebetween. A combination feed level control and feed port device is positioned between each of the housing segments of the inner housing member so that feed ports are provided therebetween. The outer housing member has a plurality of feed openings formed therein which register with the feed ports of the combination devices when the outer housing member is in its first position. If a squirrel should move onto the outer housing member, the outer housing member moves downwardly with respect to the inner housing member so that the feed openings in the outer housing member do not register with the feed ports of the combination devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: Raymon W. LUSH
  • Publication number: 20110107973
    Abstract: An animal feeder formed from assembling a corrugated tube to a base portion. The feeder has an orifice underneath a corrugation of the tube for exit of feed, thereby protecting the feed exit orifice from the effects of inclement weather. The animal feeder may have a weighting material added within the base to provide stability when free standing, or may be secured via straps to a fixed object such as a tree, selectively either at ground level or at an elevated level. The base is secured to the corrugated tube by flexible extensions that have protrusions that engage the inside of one of the ridges of the corrugations of the tube. Securing rings may alternately be utilized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventor: Bryan Jenkins