Chicken Feeder DIY

Are you a new chicken owner and need a feeder?  Or just need to replace an old feeder?  This is what I made for our chickens for free.  It consists of a 5-quart ice cream bucket w/lid, a frisbee, and three small nuts & bolts.  I made four half-circle holes in the sides of the bucket, but right at the bottom.  This is where the feed will trickle out.  Be careful not to make the holes too big or you’ll spill chicken feed all over.  I know this from experience.

Next, drill three small holes through the bottom of the bucket and frisbee, lining them up so the frisbee is centered under the bucket and the drill holes line up for the bolts.  Bolt the bucket to the frisbee.  Fill the bucket with chicken feed and hang it in the coop in an area that will stay dry and out of reach of raccoons and other hungry critters.  Hanging the feeder also keeps the chickens from stepping in (and pooping in) their food.

We’ve had chickens for about 5 years now and I’ve only had to re-make the feeder once.  Plastic gets brittle over time, and the more it’s in the sun, the quicker it’ll crack.  Have you made your own feeder?  Share your idea!

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4 comments for “Chicken Feeder DIY

  1. Lynn
    May 22, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I haven’t made my own feeder but I want to make my own waterer. What do you use for water.

    • Cheri
      Cheri
      May 23, 2013 at 7:12 am

      We use a small store-bought waterer for our chickens. I’ve thought about making one, too, but haven’t gotten around to trying. I’m sure I will when our current one breaks. 🙂

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