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    Make Your Own Chicken Feeder

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    As people who raise chickens will know, a lot of chicken feed can go to waste because chickens scratch and peck their food into the dirt. Chicken feeders help to solve this problem and can save you a lot of money in wasted chicken feed. A chicken feeder can be expensive to buy however. This guide outlines how to make your own chicken feeder to make chicken feeding much more economical. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

     

    Homemade Chicken Feeders

     

    • There are basically two types of chicken feeder that can be made at home, one of which involves the use of PVC pipe. These chicken feeders use two four-foot lengths of PVC pipe, an elbow and two caps.

    • The first step is to connect both pieces of PVC pipe to the elbow so that one lies horizontally flat on the ground and the other sticks up vertically. Cut a hole in the horizontal piece of pipe that is large enough to allow the chicken to get to the chicken feed. Half the width of the pipe is a good rough guide.

     

    • Drill several small holes along the bottom side of the horizontal pipe to allow any rain water to drain away. Place the two caps at the end of the hoses. This chicken feeder allows you to pout the chicken feed down the vertical pipe, which then goes down the horizontal pipe as it gets eaten.

     

    • Another type of homemade chicken feeder is the bucket type. These types of chicken feeders are even cheaper to make than others and are very effective. They simply involve a five gallon bucket and 20” plastic planter base.

     

    • Begin the process of this chicken feeder by drilling 2” holes around the bottom of the bucket. 2-3” apart is about right as this allows the chicken feed to come through easily and evenly.

     

    • Attach the bucket to the plastic base, either with glue or a nut and bolt. The bucket sits on the planter in the same way a plant pot will.  Next, simply fill the chicken feeder with chicken feed and allow the chickens to get to it. the chicken feed comes through the holes and sits in the planter as the chickens eat it.

     

    • This type of chicken feeder is very, very easy and cheap to make. Keeping the lid for the bucket allows the feed to stay dry from the rain. The use of a five gallon bucket means that you can leave it a long time before having to top it up with more chicken feed.
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