DIY Chicken Feeder
DIY Chicken Feeder
We’ve had our chickens in various coops over the years as we’ve moved and we’ve always seemed to come up with creative ways to make each one work. Old coops, a big barn, and even an old building that we insulated with chicken feed bags, each one was unique, and each one worked for the purpose that we needed it for….a home for our feathery ladies.
In our current situation (big barn), we’ve struggled with finding a great feeding solution for our girls. Chickens aren’t exactly clean eaters, they love making a big mess with their food! Since we’ve decided to invest in our chickens by feeding them a quality feed (currently we are using Purina® Organic Poultry Feed), we are not willing to let any go to waste.
My hubby is so crafty with using things that we already have an repurposing them into things that we need so he commissioned himself with the task of creating a functional Chicken Feeder. Here’s how he put it together!
DIY Chicken Feeder
Here’s what you need to put together a PVC DIY Chicken Feeder:
- (1) 4 inch End Cap
- (1) 4 inch 45 Degree Y Piece
- 4 inch PCV Pipe (length dependant on where you put it in your coop)
- (2) 4 inch 45 degree Angle Pieces
- PVC Glue
- Straps (to hold it to the wall)
Our model is based on a version that goes through the wall since our chicken feed is on the other wide of this wall. If you just want to do a straight feeder you can skip the angled pieces on the top (that go through the wall in our pictures) and just put a cap on the top that you can remove to pout the feed into.
Start from the bottom up, glue the cap onto the bottom of the Y piece, then glue the Y piece onto your 4 inch piece of PVC. The straight piece can be cut to any length. If you don’t need it to go through the wall, you can then place another cap on top and use the straps to hook it on to your coop wall.
If you want it to go through the wall you will glue two 45 degree angle pieces onto the top of the feeder and place them through a hole in the wall. Use another piece of the 4 inch PVC pipe to create a longer tube and to stick it up along the wall, making it easier to pour the feed into. Use another strap to keep it secure against the wall.
Now all you will need to do to feed the chickens is to pour feed into the pipe and you are good to go! The chickens will have plenty of feed as it will come down into the tube and it will be harder for them to make a mess of their feed.
We are currently using Purina® Organic Poultry Feed for our chickens in this feeder. Purina® Organic Poultry Feed is a certified organic chicken feed that can be found at your local Purina retailer. They contain no genetically modified ingredients, no animal by-products, and no artificial preservatives. Learn more by visiting PurinaOrganicFeed.com.
This post has been sponsored by Purina Animal Nutrition, as such I received free product from Purina to share my opinion with my readers. However, my opinions are based on my individual and unique experience. Based on my experience in 2016 I believe this line of feed has been amazing for my flock and I encourage you to try it too!
I don’t have any chickens of my own, hopefully one day. I am trying for a friend of mine who has them and helps me by giving me eggs from time to time. I think that her chickens are Rhode Island Red I think.
awesome and so easy to make this chicken feeder! We don’t have chickens (yet) but my brother does. I will have to share this with him. Thanks for the tute!
This is a great idea! How many chickens do you have? Would this one feeder work for several chickens, or do you have more than one feeder? I love the idea of keeping things a little neater. I’m pinning this and showing it to my husband…I think he’ll want to copy you! Lol! Thanks for sharing!
We’ve used this one feeder with about 20 chickens and it works well 🙂
Awesome! Thanks! 🙂
Haha, what a neat idea!!
I would love for you to share this with my Recipe and Crafts Facebook group.
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Merissa I Loved your project!!What an ingenious idea for a chicken feeder! You have been Pinned, Tweeted and Posted to Facebook! Congratulations -Your post will be featured this week at the Friday Favorites Link Party. The party goes LIVE on Thursdays at 7PM at mustlovehome.com I hope to see your there! Hugs – Christine at Must Love Home
This is a brilliant idea, and I love how simple it is. I’ll be looking to put one of these together soon (or talk my husband into doing it 🙂
I’m trying to figure out how to keep my chickens water from freezing this winter. Where they are currently housed has no electricity.
Do you think this would work for water also? We have a problem with the water jug getting tipped over if on the ground or dumped out when hung from the ceiling. We live in a freezing climate where I have to change the water three time’s a day for 6 months of the year.
I think it would be difficult to make this work for water.
Your automatic PVC chicken feeder is a GREAT idea!!! Can you tell me if the chickens can reach the food at the bottom of the PVC or if there is stale food in the bottom couple inches? Also, does the feed come out too far that they may waste any?
We built this so they didn’t waste and it works well for that. And our chickens always clean out their pipes so it’s not been a problem.