Homemade Chicken Feeder & Waterer Designs & Pictures

Homemade feeders and waterers - Designs etc
By BYC Support · Jan 10, 2012 · Updated Jul 21, 2015 · ·
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  1. FluffTheDuck
    "Very nice!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Apr 4, 2019
    I like all the designs. I thought we could only use a bucket for it!


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  1. GardenWren
    We were having a lot of problems with the chickens wasting food... A LOT of food. So, we decided to make a no waste gravity feeder. Works great and has cut the feed bill significantly. They can also be made just about any size to accommodate your specific needs. The PVC elbows create "portholes" where the chickens can access the feed without being able to pick through it to only eat what they want, leaving the rest. We also made one out of a 5 gallon bucket and 2" elbows for the brooder coop. Super easy to make and we'll worth the time and effort!
  2. twinsmom6
    dollar store waterers and feeders... get a container.. and a plastic plate... I hang mine from the roof so that they are not pooped on and mice free :)
  3. roglovsky
    Here are my tips on how to make your chicken feeders for your backyard chicken run.

    This first system is called GRAVITY FEEDER:
    This second option I found out accidentally:
  4. Madddawg
    How I made a PVC pipe feeder
    I used a heavy plastic plate, and screwed a block of wood to the bottom of the PVC pipe then screwed that to the plate. Then I drilled 4 - 1/2" holes in the PVC just above the block of wood. I also drilled a couple holes in the top to hang the feeder.The chicks peck at the hole and the food falls onto the plate for them to eat. Very little waste, if any.
  5. MobyMack
    You can find 2-gallon food-grade buckets that are BPA free on Amazon. I just got mine this week and they're the perfect size for a small flock. I made a waterer using nipples, and it couldn't have been easier! Just drilled several holes in the bottom of the bucket with a 1/4-inch drill bit and hand-twisted the nipples into the holes. I attached a chain to the handle and hung it from the roof in my run. Easy solution for clean, safe water for my chickie-poos!
  6. teneyck farms
    i would like to show my feeders
  7. crikescrikes
    here are some videos showing some diy homemade feeders.

  8. tp70731
  9. lilchickenz
    Regarding the plastics - a lot of the plastics that your food comes in and sits in as you go through it is of questionable safety.
  10. dennymeyrand
    I think you have to be "special" to get your stuff posted here. Mine would be great on here also.
  11. wildsam
    Does anyone have any ideas for a duck waterer and maybe a feeder for them too? Not too fond of the nipple idea and I don't really want them to run through their drinking water or knocking it over constantly...?! You can also send me a message if you'd prefer...
  12. MuddyHillFarm
  13. wanaBfarmer
    I am soo excited to make new feeders for my girls. These are great ideas!
  14. canesisters
    Has anyone tried sending a PM to a moderator?
  15. breakout
  16. archil
    On the main page for the coop designs there's a button that says 'add a coop design'. But I don't know if that's just coops, or feeders too. Maybe it gets moderated and sorted before it's entered as a post here.
  17. Shenanigans1
    I would like to hear from those who have hard winters and how you keep water from freezing.
  18. craftydrae
    I know! I am still waiting to find out how too.
  19. Lance
    People have been wanting to post pics all year and no one will give a way to do it.
  20. CedarCluck
    I would Also like to post on this page as well with the feeder I just finished building today ^^ Anyone know how?
  21. fuquay nc girl
    Has anyone figured out how to post their pictures? I too have a homemade waterer that I just finished and would like to share.
  22. craftydrae
    how do I upload pictures of my homemade feeder??
  23. Lance
    I would like to post mine too!!
  24. msf
    How do I get my automatic watering system posted to this section of the forum?
  25. msf
    How does one post a system to this section of the forum? i have a great auto watering system to show off.
  26. drvining
    Great ideas, but has anyone looked into the safety of some of these plastics? I use plastic bins to store feed but get them from feed stores or restaurant supply places so I can be sure they are food-safe.
  27. RawrOsaur200
  28. breakout
    Carol, you shouldn't have to lift up the lid. The hole should be drilled just below the level where you want the water to stop. When enough water flows out into the pan that it covers the hole no air can get into the bucket and a vacuum is created IF the bucket is airtight. At that point atmospheric pressure keeps any further water from coming out. When the birds drink then the water level comes down below the hole and air can get in allowing the water to flow out utill the hole is again covered.
    Here's a fun little video showing the principle

    and one more related to chickens and these waterers

  29. carolsparkle
    I think I may have figured out the 5 gal water thing -- with the lid on top and a hole on the side at the bottom. I got a "clear" 5 gal pail at paint department of Lowes (the better to see the water level : ) a LEAKTITE lid -- I got mine at Home Depot; a big planter saucer or an oil drip pan for the water bowl-- cut to the saucer size. Drill a small hole -- I used a 7/32 drill bit -- on the side, about 1/2 inch from the bottom of the pail. Next pick up the lid and take off the "seal" that goes around the bottom of the lid--- you won't need it. I then dropped in some pop bottle caps into the pail to help make it easier to see the water level. Place the pail in the saucer. Fill the pail with water. Now the tricky part-- put the LEAKTITE lid on titely and quickly. Now gently -- ever so barely lift up on one side of the lid to release a little bit of the pressure. If you open it to much the water won't stop. If it is just right then the water will flow as the birds drink. I'm sorry no pictures.
  30. SKnoxMN
    I came across this site while getting interested in chickens in the back yard. I also came across this waterer idea and have since built a "Nipple-less" waterer from a rain collector. I am also new here and just registered today. I can post pictures once I figure out how. Or you can email for the plans and idea of how to make it fill automatically without the garden hose or manual use of valves. I look forward to reading more ideas.
  31. breakout
  32. carolsparkle
    i tried to make a waterer without chicken nipples -- it didnt work. I used a 5 gal bucket pail with a gamma seal 2 lid and it didnt work. okallthis4eggs i could not find your photos. thanks
  33. SmallTimeChicks
    Has anyone tried rain water capture type waterers? I of course don't want to get the chickens sick on germy water, so it will take a watchful eye, but it seems like a nice easy solution to carrying out heavy buckets of water to the coop on rainy days. I can think of a way to design one, but how dangerous would this be for my chickens? Humans do it...
  34. Jadnils
    I made mine in less then 10 minutes, cost next to nothing out of stuff I had at home. Mine are made for 2-4 chickens, not terribly big but very useful and cheap ! If I can post , I will do so...how do I do that?
  35. okallthis4eggs
    I don't know how either but if you click on my name okallthis4eggs you can see mine in my photos. Try that Hawgdawg
  36. questions543
    I agree with chicken guy...
  37. chicken guy
    could some one build a freaking waterer with out chicken nipples
  38. Chicksandhorses
    these are awesome and'll help me with my future chicks! thnx!
  39. Hawgdawg
    would like to post a pic or two of my home made red neck feeder. how do I go about it?

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