Feeder contraption with chickens

3 chicken feeders you can build! DIY Project.

The Simple Yet Effective Gravity Feeder

Gravity feeders are renowned for their simplicity and effectiveness, making them an excellent choice for those new to DIY projects or chicken keeping.

Materials and Tools:

  • A sturdy 5-gallon bucket with a lid

  • A wide, shallow dish or tray

  • Drill with various bit sizes

  • Marker for marking drill points

Building Steps:

  • Mark and Drill Feeding Holes: Clean your bucket and mark a circle about 2 inches from the edge on the bottom. Drill holes at these marks large enough for feed to trickle through but small enough to prevent excessive spillage.

  • Set Up the Feeding Station: Invert the bucket in the center of the tray, ensuring the holes are unobstructed. The tray will catch the feed, allowing chickens to eat with ease.

  • Secure and Fill: Place the lid securely on the bucket, turn it right side up, and fill it with feed. The gravity mechanism will keep the tray stocked with a fresh supply.

For more insights on chicken care and feeding, check out our informative articles at Grubterra's Blog.

Bucket feeder

The Efficient PVC Pipe Feeder

For those with limited space, the PVC pipe feeder is a clean, efficient solution that keeps feed contained and fresh.

Materials and Tools:

  • Large diameter PVC pipe (4 inches or wider is ideal)
  • PVC elbow or Y-fitting for the base
  • PVC cap to seal the bottom end
  • PVC cement, saw, and drill for assembly

Building Steps:

  • Cut the PVC Pipe: Decide on the height of your feeder and cut the PVC pipe accordingly. A 3-foot section is typically sufficient.
  • Assemble the Base: Attach the elbow or Y-fitting to one end of the pipe. This will be where the chickens access their feed. Use PVC cement to ensure a secure fit.
  • Create a Refill Hole: Drill a large hole or cut an opening near the top of the pipe for easy refilling.
  • Install and Fill: Cap the bottom end of the pipe, mount the feeder at a comfortable height for your chickens, and fill it with feed through the top opening.

Discover our range of high-quality chicken feeds perfect for your DIY feeder at Grubterra Products.

Pipe Feeder

The Advanced Treadle Feeder

For those looking to reduce waste and deter pests, the treadle feeder is a smart choice, requiring a bit more craftsmanship but offering great rewards.

Materials and Tools:

  • Plywood or sturdy wood planks for the box
  • A hinge for the treadle mechanism
  • A piece of wood or metal for the treadle itself
  • Screws, nails, saw, and drill for construction

Building Steps:

  • Construct the Feed Box: Build a wooden box to your desired size, ensuring it can hold an ample amount of feed.
  • Install the Treadle: Attach the treadle to the box with the hinge, ensuring it's positioned to open the feed box lid when stepped on.
  • Fine-Tune the Mechanism: Make sure the treadle is sensitive enough for your chickens to use but not so light that it can be triggered by smaller pests or the wind.
  • Introduce to Your Flock: Place the feeder in your coop and gradually introduce your chickens to the new feeding mechanism, ensuring they understand how to use it.

For a deeper dive into DIY projects and chicken care, explore our resources at Grubterra's Main Site.

Treadle Feeder

Wrapping Up

Each type of feeder has its unique benefits, catering to different needs and preferences. Whether you opt for the simplicity of the gravity feeder, the neatness of the PVC pipe feeder, or the sophistication of the treadle feeder, your flock will appreciate the reliable source of feed. These DIY projects not only enhance your chicken-keeping experience but also add a personal touch to your coop, showcasing your commitment to your flock's well-being. Happy building!

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