Home made Waterer and Feeder

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bgates1970, May 7, 2008.

  1. bgates1970

    bgates1970 Chirping

    Apr 8, 2008
    Somewhere, Close
    I'm a "New Egg" but I finally built my Feeder and Waterer. TSC wanted $40 for a waterer which I feel is outrageous. This is sort of instructions/bragging about my accomplishment. I know people have posted this on here but let me gloat.

    I had a 2 - 5 gallon buckets laying around from when I was big into brewing beer. Since I don't drink anymore I put them to use.
    I purchased 2 - 12" plant trays (heavy plastic) from Ace Hdwe for about $3.50/each. I drilled a 1/2" hole in the center of each bucket and plant tray. I cut a 10 1/4" piece of 2x4 and placed it between one of the buckets and one of the trays. 10 1/4" because then the weight of the feed would would rest on the 2x4 and not the plastic. I ran a 4" 1/2 inch bolt through the centers with washer, lock washer and nut. I then cut 1/2 moon shaped holes in the bottom of the bucket for the feed to fall into the tray. Feeder! $4 approx.

    I then ran a 4" 1/2 bolt through the other bucket placing rubber washers between the bolt head and washer/lock nut. After assembling I then made marks on the bucket to indicate where I'd drill the holes. Approx. 1" from the top of the tray. I took it apart to drill the holes then re-assembled. Waterer! $4 approx.

    I have a coop framed with 2" angle iron and 2" steel pipe. I hung them from the center support using rope about 6-8" from the ground.

    2 - 5 gallon buckets with lids
    2 - 12" plant trays (heavy plastic ones so they wouldn't break easily)
    1 - 2x4 which I accumulate from dumpster diving at construction sites
    2 - rubber washers
    2 - 4 1/2" bolts
    2 - 1/2" nuts
    4 - 1/2" washers
    4 - 1/2" lock washers.

    Thanks for letting me gloat!
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    Very ingenious! Thanks for gloating! [​IMG]
  3. starshrike

    starshrike Songster

    Apr 10, 2008
    Do you think you could post up picture(s) of your creations?

    My slightly crazed mind is wandering off and not giving me good images.
  4. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    sounds Great but, I also would [​IMG] to see picture!!
  5. southernsibe

    southernsibe Songster

    Jun 15, 2007
    kensington, maryland
    I would love to see pictures of this.
  6. NoSpringChick

    NoSpringChick Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    SE PA
    Pictures, pictures, pictures for those of us who are visual learners! Thanks!
  7. 55885100

    55885100 Songster

    May 3, 2008
    you are vary good at gloating............ [​IMG]
    but your text stqarted geting lonnnnnnnnnnger and lonnnnnnnnnger. [​IMG]
  8. dragonshiner

    dragonshiner Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Way to be ingenious and save some spending cash! I already tried my hand building my own feeding trough for my kids. I'll have to build m own waterer next.
  9. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
  10. Moonwalker

    Moonwalker Songster

    Jan 9, 2008
    Washburn, MO
    I used an empty cat litter bucket and the bottom tray that goes under a large planter. Drill a few holes in each side, making sure they are below the edge of the pan underneath. fill with water, put the lid on tight and turn it over.
    This is Pretty Boy preaching to the choir (only pic I have of waterer)

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