Chicken feeders and sprinklers allow you to provide your flock with the food and water they need while minimizing the number of times you have to fill bowls and provide food. They should be easy to use and safe and easy for the chicks to eat and drink.
DIY sprinklers and feeders tend to be made of PVC tubing because this allows free flow of seed and water. Other products are made from PVC buckets or a combination of these items to provide an effective feeder.
Below are 14 of the best DIY plans that will allow you to provide food and water for your chickens without having to spend a fortune on commercial products.
1. DIY PVC Chicken Watering System
This PVC chicken waterer has four water outlets and is made of durable and long-lasting PVC material. It is designed to prevent water from spilling all over the cage.
The plan also includes wooden shelves that will make it easy to access the pipes, in terms of cleaning and for any repairs that may be needed.
PVC is a popular material because it is easy to connect, can be combined with wooden shelves and other wooden elements, and is sturdy yet lightweight. It is also inexpensive and easy to work with.
2. DIY Chicken Sprinkler
This DIY chicken sprinkler is a very simple yet very effective design. It relies on a 5 gallon hanging bucket, complete with poultry nipples, or drippers. You will need one dripper for every three mouths.
You can also add an access cap to the top of the bucket. This makes it easier to fill and refill buckets, and although the plan describes it as optional, it makes your life easier when it’s time to refill.
When finished, the sprinklers can be hung on the roof of the cage, from a fence, or a tree branch.
3. Homemade Chicken Sprinkler
Chicks need waterers too, and instead of a giant 5 gallon bucket with drippers, they would benefit from a tray or bowl design.
Sprinklers use used plastic materials such as plastic bottles and suggest the use of a yogurt tub. Make sure everything is washed properly before putting it together.
The sprinkler has a hole in the bottom of the jug. This will fill the tray with water until it reaches the hole and then stops. As the chicks drink, more water flows from the bottle into the bowl and the chicks have constant access to a clean water supply.
4. DIY Chicken Feeder and Sprinkler
It’s a similar design but instead of just offering water, it also includes an automatic feeder feature. It is made of a plastic bucket. This is a gravity feeding bowl, meaning that the portion of the food will fill up when your chicks eat the seeds.
5. DIY No Waste Feeder
This DIY feeder is made of a large clear plastic box and uses PVC pipe joints. A clear bucket means you can see when it’s empty and needs to be refilled, but you can use any container you have access to.
Chickens are known to be extravagant eaters. They will peck at some of the pieces and scatter the rest around the floor. One way to prevent this is to only refill food containers after they are empty. The zero-waste feeder prevents food from scattering on the floor and is only refilled when empty.
6. Do It Yourself PVC Chicken Feeder
The Do-It-Yourself PVC Chicken Feeder relies on nothing more than gravity and curved PVC tubing. The top of the pipe is easy to open so you can refill it with food, and because the chickens have to lower their heads into the pipe to get their food, they won’t spread it all over the floor before eating.
7. Chicknic table
This brilliantly named Chicknic Table is made of wood and has a simple design. Food is simply laid out on the table, where your chickens can eat as they please. This type of design is best for quieter eaters because it encourages burning food on the floor instead.
8. Chicken and Duck Feeder
One 5 gallon bucket and three PVC elbows were used to make this chicken and duck feeder. It is larger than a regular automatic feeder, which means you can fill it with more seed and not have to fill it as often.
There are some fiddly elements to this design. For example, the holes for PVC elbows are heated using a torch, so the elbows fit snugly. However, once made, this chicken and duck feeder is very easy to use. Open the lid, fill it with seeds, and your birds can eat as much as they want.
9. DIY Chicken Feeder From 5 Gallon Bucket
For this design, you will need two 5 gallon buckets. You can clean and use an existing bucket or buy a multipurpose bucket. The plan also uses foil baking cans, which cost a few dollars from your local store. You can save $50 using this design, and the feeder is easy to build.
10. Chicken Feeder
The chicken feeder on this page is actually a kit purchased through Amazon, but if you have a plastic pail and PVC pipe, you can easily make your own design. You can use buckets of up to 32 gallons, which is enough to feed dozens of birds and has eight feeders.
The design eliminates waste and ensures your chicken doesn’t leave the bowl empty, as long as the bucket remains filled.
11. DIY Chicken Feeder
Commercially purchased chicken feeders consist of a hard tray with a plastic bucket mounted on top and feeder holes on the bottom. Prices can start from $30 and up, and if you have a large flock of birds, the costs can add up quickly. Instead of parting with all that money, you can make your own at a fraction of the cost.
This design uses a bucket from Home Depot, connected to a hard tray, and with holes cut around the base to allow the seeds to drop.
12. DIY Chicken Feeder Pipe
Although the bucket design is popular, the PVC pipe design is also a good choice. DIY pipe feeders designed for multiple birds usually consist of several pipes, but this one has one pipe but with many holes along the horizontal pipe section. It attaches to the corner of the fence and then runs across the ground. It’s very neat and more compact than many alternative DIY pipe feeders.
13. Waste Free Chicken Feeder and Sprinkler
This pipe feeder has one downpipe but two separate feeding tanks. Because it prevents food from being thrown on the floor, it not only saves money on wasted food, but also means your chickens will never go hungry.
14. PVC Chicken Feeder
This PVC chicken feeder looks like a pipe organ, with four bottom pipes, each with its own feeder line. It is a simple design, attaches to a wooden fence or building exterior and costs very little to manufacture and install.
DIY Chicken Feeder
Chickens are messy eaters and they create a lot of waste in their food and seeds which they flick the soil around their bowls. Store-bought solutions can cost $30 or more, but with some basic tools and supplies like a plastic bucket or PVC pipe, you can make your own at a fraction of the cost. Plus, you can customize the design to better suit the size of your flock and the design of their cage.
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