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4 Dollar Chicken Feeder Water

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    From Message Board member Kent in WA:
    "You can make free waterers and feeders for about $4. Check at your local grocery store. If they have a deli or bakery then ask for their buckets. My local Albertsons has all the free buckets you'll ever need. I've picked up a couple dozen 2.5 - 5 gallon buckets.
    Buy a 20 inch plastic planter base ($4) and drill 1" holes all the way around the base of the bucket. Bolt the planter base to the bucket. 5 gal bucket will hold about 40 lbs of feed. If you have lots of free buckets a quick waterer can be made from a 5 gal bucket in about 5 mins. You need a 2 inch hole saw bit, I use the one I bought for installing a door knob. Drill 2 inch holes all the way around the top of the bucket.
    Birds will be able to stick their heads in the bucket to reach the water. They will hold about 3 gals of water. Hey for nothing you can't beat that!"
    From Message Board member Utah:
    "I have used this waterer for about 20 birds. It sits on two cynder blocks (or however you spell it) - And in one of the holes in the block I put an extension cord with a 25 or 40 watt bulb screwed into one of those adapters that allows you to just plug it into the extension cord. It costs about $2.00 for the bulb adaptor, $3.00 for the cord, And below you see I have an oil pan that was $4.00, and the bucket with lid was free - it is a 6 gallon bucket.
    All I did was drill a half inch hole about 2 inches from the top of the bucket to allow water flow into the pan, and just pound the lid on for the seal, then place it upside down in the pan. The oil pans are about 4 inches deep so there is room for mistakes. And with the bulb underneath for heat, this works out great for my 20 birds. It lasts about one week with water."
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  1. blr8t2
    Would this work the same for the waterer if you drilled a hole in the bottom of the bucket so you can take the lid off and fill it from the top? Or does the top not seal well enough to do that?
  2. La Casa de Pollo
    Absolutely it is hard to flip the 5 gallon waterer over. I had shoulder surgery last year and could not do it for awhile. The feeder is fine you just fill from the top. The waterer flipping would be tough with arthritis. They are so nice to have though for vacations and whatnot, you can set out several and know they have plenty and they are cheap to make.
  3. wasp64
    If it's upside down, when you refill it, isn't it quite heavy to turn upside down again or am I not understanding it? I have arthritis in my hands .
  4. Fetterolf Farm
    For feeder, I used a road emergency cone over a flat dish. With a heated knife, I cut holes at the lower part of the cone, then heated the holes to be smooth and not sharp. I used super glue to glue it to the plastic dish, then I cut a ring in the top of the cone that allows me to poor feed into it. You determine the size of the plastic dish to match the size of the cone.
  5. Fetterolf Farm
    hi, for a small number of chicken, I used the same theory but with an empty gallon of milk, which has a screw on cap. poke a needle hole at the lowest level of the container side. tighten the lid just enough to let the needle flow to leak into any right size flat dish. Water will stop leaking when needle hole is covered with water.
    This lasted new days and chicken could not climb over it or get it dirty. you can super glue gallon to the dish to keep from knocking it when empty.
  6. stryker
    I use this type of waterer as well. I live in North Dakota and place a 250wt flat disk birdbath heater between the bucket lid and pan. The heater keeps the water liquid in the coldest temps. I love the setup. I have a little over 40 birds and have not had the bucket tip with the heater in the pan.
  7. misfitmorgan
    Well....i remember back when i was in school and the teacher gave you that paper and it said read all directions/steps before starting.....if you did all you had to do was put your name on the paper and underline or circle a word, if not you ended up being the one rubbing your head and patting your belly. So i bring this memory up because it seems a few of us still forget to read all directions/steps.

    "All I did was drill a half inch hole about 2 inches from the top of the bucket to allow water flow into the pan, and just pound the lid on for the seal, then place it upside down in the pan."

    Turn the bucket over then the seal will not matter. Don't worry i had the same moment of...oOoH!! lol
  8. RoamingAngel
    making the top feeder and bottom watering one today! thanks!! :D
  9. gander007
    Good idea and easy enough to make thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!
  10. La Casa de Pollo
    You put a cinder block under the feeder, cinder blocks typically have two hollowed out holes in them and you put the bulb in the hole.

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