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!