Homemade Wood Chicken Feeder

By BYC Support · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. BYC Support
    HomeMade Chicken Feeder
    When I first built my coop I threw together a heap of junk and made a super ugly but incredibly functional - space saving chicken feeder. You can see it (in all it's hideous glory) here: FrankenFeeder!

    The feeder functioned great for a few years, but it got to the point (especially after the addition of a few more chickens and ducks) that I was filling this narrow feeder way too often. I believe the FrankenFeeder held about 1/3 of a bag of feed. I was looking for something that could hold at least a whole bag of feed. Taking some very rough measurements of a bag of feed I ended up at about 2300 cubic inches of feed per bag.

    After looking at some great designs in the chicken coop forum I decided to give it a try myself. I drew up some rough plans on a piece of paper and targeted about 2500 cubic inches of capacity.
    I gathered up a bunch of scrap wood, my brad / staple gun, and began my build.
    First I cut 4 pieces of ply wood. Two were 12" x 43" and the other two were 6" x 43". I joined the two narrow boards to one of the longer boards seen in the picture below (with my little helper Alana).
    It was about at this point that I realized that I could have cut out the "L Shape" of the feeder from larger boards. I like my method better because it involved less cutting and allowed me to fine tune the design of the tray using different pieces of scrap wood.

    The next step was to add the bottom and an angled piece of wood at the bottom of the feeder to direct every last morsel of chicken feed to the bottom front of the feeder. I used an old kitchen cabinet door for these. I cut a 45 degree edge on the angled board to help keep feed from getting stuck.
    Next I added the front and sides of the feed "tray". Since my table saw was already angled I decided to angle the front lip of the tray. This allowed me to have the front top of the tray angled away from the feeder. I cut the sides to match the new angled tray design.
    Now that the tray was complete I needed to decide how much space to give the feed. I knew the gap in the bottom couldn't be higher than the front lip of the tray, but I wanted enough space so the feed wouldn't get plugged up. I left a gap of about an inch, lightly tacked the front on and poured some feed in... it was PERFECT! I finished construction with a bunch of staples to the front.

    Now, to paint or not to paint? Well, I've got cans and cans of mis - mixed paint from the home center so I grabbed a color and go to painting. Here it is painted and a close up of the gap / space in the front:
    And with feed inside:
    Finally, here it is in the run portion of my coop. You can see that the top of the feeder extends out of the top of the run so I can simply add feed from the top without having to open / go inside the run. (oh... you can see my auto waterer in the back).
    Here is where I refill it (from the top).
    Once I get around to building my dream coop (nice design, painted, etc.) I believe this feeder will be a good addition. By my caluclation it holds about 2580 cubic inches of feed.

    Update: I was getting frustrated not being able to see the exact level of the feed as it got to the bottom so I added some plexi glass windows:

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Anonymous
    "Neat feeder."
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jan 27, 2019
    Plenty of room to get feed in there. Seems a nice & easy build.
  2. N F C
    "Big Feeder"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Aug 9, 2018
    The article gave good information on how to re-create this feeder and the photos were helpful. The plexiglass window was a great addition!
  3. ronott1
    "Nice feeder"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 26, 2018
    Love this one!


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  1. jomoncon
    I made one following your directions and it worked great for the chickens. Then the mice & little birds discovered it. The food costs went up a lot. I'm still looking for a chicken feeder that will keep out mice & birds. Maybe a treadle type feeder.
  2. Two Chicksahs
    I think you did a great job and I love the see through plexi-glass concept like some bird feeders I've had in the past! Nice mauve paint job too!
  3. Mellow1
    Was looking to build a homemade wood feeder that saved space and reduced feed spillage. Yours looks kinda like my rough sketch except I didn't think to add the angled piece at the bottom which I most certainly will, and am also putting an angled roof over the food dispenser area with a latch to keep my sweet hens from roosting and mice from getting in. Also like the idea of the plexi glass window on side of feeder for viewing level of feed. Great job and thanks!! Also, helpful comments from others were made as well....I should end up with the perfect feeder!!
  4. sianara
    EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR!!! Sorry for shouting but I'm sooo excited to find this feeder. I've had something similar in my head for over a year now so it was fantastic to find this one. Thanks for the great and easy design.
  5. WYNot
    Would it be worth it to put an angled "roof" over the food dispenser area? To keep them from roosting on the lip and pooping in the food. Would also keep them from jumping up there and kicking out food. Dowel rod dividers between the lip and the resevoir would work also if kicking food out is an issue.
  6. tinamommy727
    I am so going to do this!
  7. LAFreewayChickens
    I see in the last photo you raised the lip in the front. Ideally you probably want it to curve back to the inside to prevent billing out.
  8. canesisters
    Fantastic!!!! I am SO gonna do this!
  9. jk216
    cheers for the idea, i'm going to get hubby to make me one of these feeders this evening when home from work. this will save me money on feed as no more wasted feed.
  10. DgThosCrazyChik
    Thank you so much! I'm going to try to build mine today. Is there any danger of feed going bad in a feeder this size out in the heat and humidity of a Georgia Summer?
  11. QuiltinChick
    THANKS for the inspiration!!!! We used a lot of your ideas and tweeked them to what we need for our chickens. We used many of your ideas (the slanted board inside to keep the feed from sitting in the back and going stale, the 1" opening for the feed to come out).
    We didn't want our chickens roosting on the food tray area, so the food tray area is recessed in to the feed box area.
    Again, THANKS for sharing your idea and plan. It sure made our project much easier.http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/6...eeder-updated-with-photo-of-completed-project
  12. uchytil
    Great idea. I made one today but mine is wider and shorter. 22.5"w x 10"d x 21" high and with the angled board inside takes some of the cubic inch room) the math says it will hold 4725 cubic inches so that's probably 100 pounds, or so. Anyway your idea made my shop time much shorter, lol!
  13. newgirlchick
    nice feeder!!!!!!!!!!! :):):):) :p
  14. MaineChickenRun
    In my family..."functional" is the highest compliment. This looks very functional !
  15. dmclalin
    Great idea
  16. mamahensantore
    That is actually a great idea!!!

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