Do It Yourself Chicken Feeder

By dnichols · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. dnichols
    As a new chicken owner I realized that once my chickens (6 Araucanas) were outside and growing faster than ever I would have to fill their old chicken feeder daily. Which is OK, but I didn't have the time.
    I found that most commercial feeders at the store cost around $30. I wanted to see if I could build my own for less than that.
    So I went to Wal-Mart. :)

    I bought one five gallon plastic bucket and two lids.


    I then drilled a series of wholes around the bottom.
    I then placed some spare plywood that I had on the bucket. The layer of wood is about 1" think.
    I then screwed the lid to the bottom of the bucket through the plywood.
    This shows you how the layers look.
    This is the finished "DIY" feeder and the old feeder I had in the brooder box. The waterer in the back is a 1 gallon waterer.
    When it's all assembled it holds about 25lbs of chicken feed which lasts my six chickens about three weeks. I do have to come out and shake it occasionally, but I'm out there with them anyway so it's not really a problem.

    All I had to buy were the two lids and the bucket. I got them from the painting supply section of Wal-Mart.
    I had the left-over plywood from another house project.
    The total cost of this project was about $7.50.

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  1. JiDan
    This is a really good idea. I have a ton of walmart buckets around so I think I'll try this.
  2. gratch73a
    How do you keep the food from getting wet when it rains?
  3. cromschickens
    I did something similar, I drilled holes in the side of a 5 gallon bucket near the bottom. Then I put a funnel narrow end up in the bottom of the bucket. The whole bucket sits on a couple of 2x4's in a galvanized pan which sits on a couple of 4x4's to keep woodchips out of it. I too have to give it a good shake once in a while but not very often. I only feed this way in the winter months and I think it works great.
  4. questions543
    does it spill alot?
  5. emberspapa
    Thank chicks are 4 months old now,,,,and I will need a larger your idea..I think it's great!
  6. Maisah
    I will head out tomorrow to Walmart
  7. Buckhunter76
    perfect, thanks for saving me money, lol, heck of an idea
  8. danny swanger
    Great idia,I beleave I will have to try this myself !!
  9. clarmee
    I think I'll do this. Thanks!!
  10. jobeth3
    great idea...thank you for posting!

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