How to Make a Feed Scoop

It’s important to give your animals the correct diet; this means not just the type of feed, but also the quantity. Measuring feed by eye soon leads to over or under fed animals, but for most people carefully weighting out the correct amount of feed each time is impractical. Some owners feed their animals by “scoop”, but how much that is will depend on the size of the scoop and the type of feed. By making your own feed scoop you can adjust it you suit your own needs.


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    Find a sensible denominator in the amount you feed. For example, if you should feed one animal 200g and another 300g, 100g is a sensible denominator.
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    Weigh the feed so you have the same amount as your denominator.
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    Cut the bottom off a plastic bottle or remove the lid from a plastic jar.
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    Pour the feed you have weighed into the container.
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    Shake the container so the feed is lying flat and at a bit of an angle.
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    Draw around the container following the surface of the feed.
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    Pour the feed out and cut around the line you have drawn.
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    Put masking or insulation tape along the cut surface to protect any sharp edges.
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    Fill the scoop with feed, and give in a bit of a shake to have a flat surface
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    Weigh the feed to make sure it is near enough to the weight you want.
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    Write the type and amount of feed that the scoop was designed for on the side of the scoop so you remember.


  • It might be easier to cut the bottom off the bottle to wash and dry it.
  • The tape around the edge will need to be changed regularly as it will collect bits of feed. You can choose not to put tape on at all.
  • Make a new scoop for each type of feed you use. A scoop measures feed by volume not weight, but you should feed your animals by weight. Only use the scoop for the type of feed you used to make it.
  • By tilting the feed at an angle you will have a better shape for digging in to feed, but it is best not to have an angle that is too big. If the feed is fine you may not need an angle at all.
  • It’s best to air dry the containers as cloth usually leave some moisture.
  • If you change your feed, you may be able to adjust your current scoop, by cutting away more plastic.
  • For the sake of accuracy it’s best to not use half scoops, instead use a smaller scoop, even if you use more scoops per animal.


  • Animals are fed according to their body weight. Weigh your animal. It’s no good knowing how much you are feeding if it’s the wrong amount for the size of animal.
  • Just because you are feeding your animal according to the feed manufacturer's instructions, doesn’t mean you are feeding to your animal’s needs. Use common sense and feed more or less depending you your animal’s condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean, dry plastic bottle or jar.
  • Sharp scissors
  • Permanent marker or felt tip and label
  • Masking and insulation tape.

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Categories: General Pet Accessories