My Bucket Feeder By Terry G

By Terry · Jan 11, 2012 · ·
  1. Terry
    by Terry G.

    Items needed:
    1 gallon bucket with handle and lid
    1 old 5 gallon bucket (the one I used was cracked but the bottom was still in good shape)
    1 nut and bolt
    hand saw
    piece of chain and hook to hang
    The only thing I purchased was the hooks (they came 2 in a pack) the rest was items on hand

    Drill holes around the bottom of the small bucket
    I had to make the holes bigger than shown,for that I used a wood burning tool and melted the holes out larger

    Saw the bottom off of the 5 gal bucket and attatch with a nut and bolt to the bottom of the 1 gal bucket


    Fill with feed

    Replace top and it's ready to hang! [​IMG]


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  1. wildwestcoast
    I have made a similar feeder and it works great. For those who want to cut costs further we found a great supply of clean buckets with lids from the store up the rd. that sells ice cream cones..those big ice cream buckets work great and they were happy to give them to us for free just to get rid of them. Deli's would be a great place to ask as well.
  2. Family Farming
    Awesome idea.
  3. clueless chic
    Thanks for the great idea!! Now to see what I have on hand...
  4. Tacampbell1973
    Um, I have seen 5 gallon buckets at Walmart in the Automotive section. Sorry, not trying to promote any store, husband works there so in there often. Pretty sure Home depot and Lowes also carry them...
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  5. Nutcase
    Great idea - now to find a bucket with a lid.
  6. janinebeech
    Thanks so much for posting your feeder. I have been stressing about the cost of buying feeders and waters for my chickens, and you have shown how to do it yourself and cheaply. Thank you.
  7. strakos
  8. Twisted-Rooster
    Nicely done!!! I'm going to make some of these...Thanks for posting it !!!
  9. IWantchickens20
    Love this idea, thanks
  10. BantyMom
    No, you don't. You can put it on the ground or up on bricks. The only reasons to feed it is to reduce spilled feed (spilled feed is more likely to get wet and go bad and is a waste of money) and to keep the feed cleaner (see my previous post). :)
  11. AceOfSpadesJJ
    do i have to hang it
  12. BantyMom
    Hanging the feeder at the level of the chickens' backs reduces the amount of feed that can be billed out by the birds and the amount of litter and poop that gets kicked into the feeder from the ground. For chicks, I start with the feeder on a 2'x2' piece of plywood (to prevent the litter/poop problem), then raise the feeder up on small blocks of wood around the edges, eventually hanging it when they can get the feed with the feeder 1" off the ground.
  13. wpage1979
    great idea, this has saved me some money! Thanks. I do have one question though, why are all feeders I see "hanging" feeders? I am new to chickens, and I do not have anywhere to hang a feeder. Do they have to hang?
  14. pattin
    That would make a great bird feeder too! WOW
  15. cromschickens
    I use the same sort of set up, however I put a funnel small end up in my bucket. The large end of the funnel is the same diameter as the bottom of the 5 gallon bucket and that helps keep the feed free flowing. I added the funnel because I had to shake feed out of the bucket from time to time.
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  16. B J Hopkins
    Like. I did same thing, only used a metal tray for the bottom.

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