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feed saver bucket style feeder

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by killervex, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. killervex

    killervex Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok so my wife and i have had chickens for a couple of months now and after seeing how much feed was lost with the store bought feeders we knew something had to be done.

    I have researched online and read dozens of articles on byc about making pvc feeders. I thought many of them were ingenious and contemplated trying out a few.

    My decision to make a bucket style feeder was this based on these reasons-

    Cheap - total cost was just under $17

    Efficient - i have sat and watched our chickens go at this bucket for 30 minutes straight, i did not see a single piece of feed hit the ground.

    Easy - total build time was 5-10 minutes.

    Ok so here we go, you will need the following materials:

    5 gallon bucket with lid (the blue ones from lowes are only about $5)

    3" pvc street elbow x4 (i chose street over 90 degree because it looked more ergonomic lol, these were about $3 each)

    That's it!

    Simple construction:

    Cut about 1" off the bottom of the elbows.

    Drill 4 holes evenly spaced in your bucket to fit the pvc through (i centered these holes so that the bottom of the elbow (inside the bucket) was roughly 1 1/2 from the bottom of the bucket)

    Shove your pvc through the holes, fill, pop the lid on and you're done!

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    Any questions or comments feel free to reply. Thanks for looking!

    P.S. i plan to build a larger version from a 55gal drum.. Will post some pics when i get around to building it. May be useful for a larger flock.
     
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2015
  2. zanin

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    Awesome idea! I am definitely making these!
     
  3. killervex

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    Thanks. Try it out and let me know how it goes. im sure you'll be happy with the feed bill savings.
     

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