DIY: HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN CHICKEN FEEDER AND WATERER

This article is about building your own chicken feeder and waterer. They can be made for extremely cheap, are designed to need minimal cleaning (ie it’s difficult for the chickens to poop in their food and water) and they are self-replenishing (they’re designed so the trays naturally refill with food and water).

Read this article to learn more about the process of raising chickens.

An example of a homemade chicken feeder

BUILDING THE FEEDER

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

1)     A large, plastic bucket with an air-tight seal lid.

2)     An oil pan or pie tray with sides that have a height of between one and two inches. It must be able to fit the base of your bucket inside it, with an inch or two of space between the sides of the bucket and tray all around. You also must be able to drill through it.

3)     A drill

4)     A small screw and washer.

5)     Strong scissors or a small hand saw

PUTTING IT TOGETHER:

1)     Take your plastic bucket and cut 4 holes spaced evenly on the sides, as close to the base of the bucket as possibly. They should be about 2 inches wide and as high as the sides of your oil pan/pie tray.

2)     Drill a hole through the center of the bottom of your bucket, and the center of your oil pan/pie tray.

3)     Put your screw up through the bottom of your oil pan/pie tray, and then place your plastic bucket into your oil pan/pie tray, with the screw coming up through the hole you drilled.

4)     Tightly screw the washer onto your screw. Your bucket and oil pan/pie tray should be tightly connected now.

USING YOUR FEEDER

To use your feeder, fill your bucket with your chicken feed. Tightly attach the lid. The food will naturally spill out of the holes and fill your tray. Keep the lid on tight, so chickens can’t get in there and poop in their food. Your feeder can be placed on the ground, or hung up.

Your feeder and waterer will look something like this

BUILDING THE WATERER

You can build a chicken waterer with a new set of the exact same items listed above.

PUTTING IT TOGETHER:

1)     Take your plastic bucket and drill two holes (as small as possible) on opposite sides of the bucket. They should be about an inch from the bottom of the bucket, at a level lower than the top of the sides of your oil pan/pie tray.

2)     Drill a hole through the center of the bottom of your bucket, and the center of your oil pan/pie tray.

3)     Put your screw up through the bottom of your oil pan/pie tray, and then place your plastic bucket into your oil pan/pie tray, with the screw coming up through the hole you drilled.

4)     Tightly screw the washer onto your screw. Your bucket and oil pan/pie tray should be tightly connected now.

USING YOUR WATERER

To use your waterer, remove the lid of your plastic bucket. Fill the bucket up to the top with water using a water hose, and quickly put the air-tight lid on snugly. The water will spill out of the holes you drilled, up to their level. Whenever a chicken drinks from the waterer, water will spill out of the holes to bring the water to the same level. Your waterer can also be placed on the ground or hung up.

Read this if you’re looking to build your own chicken coop.

Good luck and stay prepared!

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