Make your own - No waste - 5 gallon (25# feed) bucket feeder for about $3

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jimmywalt, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. butch vb

    butch vb Out Of The Brooder

    38
    5
    23
    Mar 10, 2014
    kiowa co
    instead of using 3 inch elbows use 2 inch you can also trim the length to fit the size of bird on the out side if still to big you can put a vertical half inch pipe through yhe elbow I use this in my 4 inch pvc feeder in my coop tokeep them from throwing feed out try fermenting their feed and feed with trough feeder better for birds and less waste
     
  2. WilhelminaD

    WilhelminaD Out Of The Brooder

    80
    7
    33
    Sep 12, 2013
    I just wanted to pop in and say I *love* this feeder! I built one for my flock a few weeks ago, but the first introduction didn't go so well. They were only about 5.5 weeks old and it was just too big for them to reach in. They're now about 7.5 weeks and when I put it in they descended on it and have been doing great with it ever since!

    I did have a little trouble making it - the hole driller thingy (yes, you can tell how capable I am with construction tools by my grasp of the technical lingo ;) would make the whole bucket turn until I managed to wedge the bucket so it didn't spin. It also wasn't quite a perfect circle and didn't exactly fit the elbow joint. I just used a knife to shave it to the shape I needed and then caulked around the joint to seal up any gaps.

    All in all, I'm very pleased with it. I'm going to replace the lid with one of those spinning lids that seals it airtight and I'll need to make another one for when the flock moves out to the coop so they have lots of access points to food. Thank you so much for this tutorial!
     
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2014
  3. ROADJOKER22

    ROADJOKER22 New Egg

    6
    0
    7
    May 18, 2014
    I like this feeder idea. But I am curious on how it is with rain getting into it and clogging? I Was going to put one in the coop and one out in the run but wasn't sure how well it would do in the run during thunderstorms and rain here in ohio?
     
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2014
  4. jerryse

    jerryse Overrun With Chickens

    5,042
    1,566
    341
    Feb 21, 2010
    Sparland IL
    Mine work fine in the rain . It helps if you seal with silicone around the cut .
     
  5. ROADJOKER22

    ROADJOKER22 New Egg

    6
    0
    7
    May 18, 2014
    Sounds great. Going to build a couple tonight. Thank you
     
  6. kvtolbert

    kvtolbert Out Of The Brooder

    13
    1
    26
    Apr 2, 2014
    Virginia
    Mine is fine outside too. It's under a tarp but I'm sure it gets some blown rain. No issues yet, the food sits safely back inside the bucket
     
  7. Pinkaboo

    Pinkaboo Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,003
    60
    158
    May 12, 2014
    Cornwall in the UK
    Bucket feeder

    I don't really understand how the chickens can get to the food
    It looks on the pic like the pipe inside the bucket is flush to the bucket floor
    I can only imagine it isn't it is raised off the bucket floor so the food falls under it?
    Does it not fall back into the bucket!
     
  8. Concrete101

    Concrete101 Out Of The Brooder

    48
    6
    23
    Nov 28, 2012
    Twin Falls, Idaho
    I made mine 3/4" above the bottom but for crumbles I would raise it more.
     
  9. WilhelminaD

    WilhelminaD Out Of The Brooder

    80
    7
    33
    Sep 12, 2013
    It took me a bit to wrap my head around the concept, too. The end of the pipe is about 3/4" above the bottom of the bucket. As food is eaten more falls down to the bottom to refill it.
     
  10. Pinkaboo

    Pinkaboo Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,003
    60
    158
    May 12, 2014
    Cornwall in the UK
    Ah thank you
    I think I might have a go, love the idea that its water proof
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by