DIY Chicken Feeder


A Wanna Be PioneerI don't know about your chickens, but ours were wasting a lot of food. We had one of those galvanized hanging feeders. It wasn't hanging, but it was up off the ground on blocks. We even had a clay pot turned upside down inside the feeder to take up some excess space and cut down on the amount of feed in there. When it rained on it, the feed was ruined. So we kept a piece of wood across the top to try and keep the entire bucket of food from getting wet.

galvanized feeder

Our chickens will not eat feed after it has been scattered on the ground. Really? They eat bugs, for heaven's sake. And mice. But, oh no, not perfectly good feed that has touched the ground. Let’s just suffice it to say, for so many reasons, that feeder wasn’t working for us.

There are lots of ideas for feeders online. We used one as a model, but quickly figured out we needed to make adjustments and modifications to suit our setup and needs. You will probably want to do that too. But maybe this will be a good starting point for you.

Here's what we did:

We used all 3-inch PVC pipe and fittings for our feeders. Each feeder cost us about $20. The parts list for one feeder, with prices from our local home improvement store, includes one of each of the following:
5/15/2018 7:52:47 PM

I used the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own chicken feeder – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)

6/16/2015 10:19:48 AM

Thanks for your feedback Lance. The picture of the galvanized feeder is just a picture to show an example of a galvanized feeder and how we kept a piece of siding on top to attempt to keep the rain out. It was not on the ground while in use. You are so right, I can only imagine how many more issues we would have had if we had it on the ground. And as you speculated, we don't have as many chickens as you, but we have a good sized flock and have never had issues with fighting over access and they've never run out of food with the new feeders we use. I was confounded by the fact that our chickens didn't eat spilled food...guess they're just spoiled girls. ha ha ha. And yes, the whole premise of cutting our feed bill is that now don't have the waste we used to have. This is just an example of something that worked for us and might work for others, or might not. One thing I've learned about raising animals (or kids for that matter), there is no one-size-fits-all solution for anything! :)

6/14/2015 9:41:14 AM

I don't think they have many chickens. Even with two of those,my 35 chickens would go through that pretty fast and they would fight over access. You ought to see mine at the feeding trough at times. I would argue the point that they cut they food bill in half because of reduced waste. I'm noticing that they have the same breed of chicken as I do. My chickens eat the spilled food off of the ground all of the time. Since I feed in just one spot it is easy for me to see how much waste there is. I notice basically NONE. With all of the feed that I have given them, I would have a mountain of waste under my hanging feeder. I think I do know what the problem is, though. Their feeder was sitting on the GROUND. Big mistake! The RODENTS are eating the chickens food at night is why they have so much waste. If they looked real careful around the feeder they would have seen the rodent droppings. All they did with the pipe is move the feeder up from the ground so the rodents cannot get in it. My feeder is mounted fairly high so rodents cannot even jump into.

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