My 5 Minute Homemade Chicken Feeder

By GardeNerd · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. GardeNerd
    My 5 minute Homemade Chicken Feeder
    Made from recycled and re-purposed items

    If you have looked at the other BYC pages or my blog, you will see that I am big into reusing stuff I have around the house or garage or anything I can recycle whenever it is practical. This is my chicken feeder that took less than five minutes to throw together.


    Items used:
    • Empty White Distilled Vinegar Jug - 1 gallon size
    • Round take out food container/ bottom half (from a big salad at costco my mother had) About two inches deep.
    • Knife
    • Discarded chain for hanging a retro light fixture/ Chandelier
    • Drill with bits
    • Wire cutters or pliers to pull apart links in chain
    • 3 screws with matching sized bolts to hold jug and dish together

    • 1. Cut 3 small 1 inch sized holes in the bottom of the jug for the feed to spill out of into the dish.
    • 2. Cut the top off the jug.
    • 3. Drill through the base dish into the bottom of the jug in 3 places.
    • 4. Reach inside the jug and add screws through the pre-drilled holes.
    • 5. Secure screws with bolts
    • 6. Cut or drill holes in the top portion of the jug to feed the chain through. I used 4 lengths, but 3 could work also.
    • 7. Cut lengths of chain to create a hanger and reconnect together through the holes in the top of the jug.
    • 8. Fill and hang in coop.

    Costs: No items were purchased for this project.
    What I would change: *This incorporated the change. It is my second one of this type and the previous one had a frisbee for the base. I like this one better because the base is deeper on the take out dish and closer to the jug making it harder for the chickens to bill the feed out.




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Recent User Reviews

  1. Anonymous
    "Nice lists."
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jan 30, 2019
    Neat idea and good use of lists.
  2. Pugsabi
    "Clever use for recycling items."
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Aug 16, 2018
    I love your feeder. It's simple yet very effective. I would rig some type of top though, for myself, because of both the humidity and fear of introducing pests. It's what I don't like about the galvanized commercial feeders also.
  3. ronott1
    "Easy feeder"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 27, 2018
    Nice article! good pictures and well written


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  1. lacasapollo2013
    could you use a milk jug instead??
  2. esprainman
    easy - free- great idea. thanks

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