I'm starting to think that maybe I like to put Chris to work on small DIY projects that consume his time. I decided that the storebought chicken feeders weren't good enough, and then I found these DIY chicken feeders!
A big thank you to Kevin at soula.com for making these awesome chicken feeders! Gravity fed, and they prevent the chickens from scratch out all that feed, or pooping in the trough. AWESOME! It does have more than 3 steps, but it seems worth it. These are definitely going on the honey-do list! - Stephanie
The old fashioned feeders are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Although they may still work for some, people are finding themselves frustrated at the fact that their chickens are either pooping or kicking bedding into the feeder, which can quickly spread illness and disease.
A properly constructed gravity feeder is the solution to most feeder problems. It can contain as much or as little feed as the handler wishes to keep, it prevents any possible way for chickens to get waste into their food, and it will keep the contents dry and pest free. If you are looking for an alternative means of providing your girls crushed oyster shell other than in a bowl, this will accommodate that offering as well.
All of the materials needed to construct these feeders can be found at your local home improvement store. The tools required should be available in most everyones home or by borrowing from a neighbor.
- Tape measure
- Power drill
- 1/4" Drill bit
- 7/16" socket and 7/16" wrench or adjustable wrench
- PVC primer (clear or purple)
- PVC cement
- A hand saw or PVC pipe cutter capable of cutting up to 4" PVC.
- 24" of Schedule 35 PVC. This is a grey pipe and is used as waste pipe.
*(Regular Schedule 40 PVC will not work properly as noted in my explanation
- (2) 1/4"x 1" length bolts, washers, and nuts
- 4"Black corrugated waste drain cap
- PVC fencing post cap
- 4"x 2"x3" waste pipe fitting. This is found near the corrugated waste pipe and can be used for tying in downspouts.
Start out by taking the fence post cap and slipping it over the square end of the waste pipe fitting. This will be a snug fit. On the lip of the post cap, measure 1" from the end and mark a dot on either side. "Carefully" with the 1/4" drill bit, drill a hole thru these marks and slightly ream out to remove any burrs.
Push the 1/4" bolts into each one of these holes, and by reaching into the circular opening of the fitting, slide a washer and thread a nut on each of the two bolts. Tighten enough where these connected fittings can just barely hinge apart.
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With the PVC primer, lightly coat one end of the pipe approximately 2" down and the opening side of the fitting you just constructed. Apply a light coat of PVC cement and firmly slide the fitting over the end of the pipe and hold in place for 10 seconds.
Slide the black cap over the top, and you are done!
Mounting can be done in several different ways. In my very first picture, you will see I used a chimney pipe bracket, but a couple of heavy duty zip ties will work as well if mounting to a fence post or such. Be creative!
The gravity waterer is constructed in almost the exact same manner except with the use of a 4" slip cap and as many water nipples as you would like to use. I always recommend a minimum of at least two nipples just incase one fails. Check the operation of this waterer daily.
Fill and ENJOY!
Cheers ~ Kevin