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Monday, April 4, 2011

Homemade "Automatic" Chicken Feeder

I saw this somewhere a few years ago and decided I would give it a try. The price of large chicken feeders are a bit pricey for me and since I like to recyle and reuse items this really appealed to me.

First you will need to purchase (or use one you have around your house) a five gallon plastic container with a lid. I purchased this five gallon plastic container from Firehouse Subs - a local restaurant - for $2.00.
The reason I didn't mind the purchase is because Firehouse Subs donates the money earned from the sale of these buckets to the local fire station to help benefit the families of fallen firefighters. I had my DH drill 2" holes around the bottom of the bucket trying to space about 2" apart very close to the bottom.

Next you will need to have a 16" round water tray used for potted plants. This one was on sale for $3.99. Drill a hole in the center of the water tray.

Next I attached the bottom to the bucket with a bolt with two washers. Make sure you put the bolt through the bottom and attached bolt on the inside so the bucket will sit flat.

Make sure you clean up all the loose plastic pieces after you assemble and before you add the feed.

Then fill with feed, set out bucket and watch the chickens enjoy their homemade "automatic" feeder. It cost only about $5.99 with $2.00 being donated to a worthy cause and the chickens do not notice it isn't a fancy store bought feeder. Not to mention keeping the used buckets out of the landfills. Win-win situation for everyone and everything.

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Kim said...

Pretty clever girle. I spent the money on a new chicken feeder just this weekend. I guess I should've talked to you first huh?

AJ-OAKS said...

Hey that is a fantastic idea! Guess what I am going to do? Yup, copy you and make a feeder like yours. You are so right, chickens don't care where they get their food from!
Thanks for sharing such a great idea!
Love ya' xoxo

Lilla said...

What a neat idea! Thanks for the detailed, step-by-step instructions and photos!

Jim said...

What a smart cookie you are! It must 'run in the family', does it?

C and C Antiques and Animals - What a Life! said...

Thanks Kim and Lilla...

Sis you can copy me anytime, I copy you lol.

And yes runs in the family ;)

Marie Anne said...

This looks like a much better feeder than the plastic ones I bought. My chickens prefer one sitting on the ground as opposed to hanging on, but they scratch at it and make a mess. This looks like it would solve that problem nicely.

I have chicks now that are making a complete mess of their feed. I wonder if I could make a smaller version for them? Hmmm ...

Off to find a suitable bucket!

MichelleOverby said...

Thanks for this post. My 7 seven girls are eating a lot more and need a much bigger feeder. Why buy new when you can repurpose what we have! Thanks so much!