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Homemade Feeders and Waters

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chicken Girl, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. Chicken Girl

    Chicken Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2008
    I have 70 meat chicks coming in like 2 days, any good ideas on BIG feeders and waters? I would like to make them for cheep with stuff i have around the house. feeders and stuff are like $25 a peace around here! I know you guys would have good ideas for cheeper. Thanks!!!

    Chicken Girl
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    You can take ice trays and attach them to boards so they can't tip them over for chick feeders. I sometimes use a pot plant dish with a rock in the middle for a feeder too. For water, anything they can't tip over that's high enough that they won't kick dirt into will do. I've even used a large Tupperware bowl for older chicks that are able to reach it easily.
  3. Chemguy

    Chemguy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2011
    Springfield, Ohio
  4. Neil Grassbaugh

    Neil Grassbaugh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2008
    Nipple drinkers are an economical, practical , and very good performing method of watering meat chickens. Five nipples would water your flock of 70.
  5. Neil Grassbaugh

    Neil Grassbaugh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2008
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2011
  6. CarolynF

    CarolynF Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2011
    Puget Sound
    My Coop
    Here's a good, cheap feeder link. Mine is very similar. If you have a WalMart with a bakery nearby you can ask them for 5 gallon buckets. (They get their cake icing in them) Sometimes they're free, sometimes $1. They're definitely food grade, and they smell nice, too. [​IMG]

    You can use the same design for waterers, just drill much smaller holes and make sure the lids fit tight to create the necessary vacuum. But with the cost of the tray(s) I think it's cheaper, cleaner, and easier to use nipple waterers. You can see mine on my BYCpage (click Watering System link near the top of that page). And listen to Neil regarding installation!

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