How to make automatic chicken feeders at home

When we have a small farm, one of the most grateful things is having chickens that not only provide us with homemade eggs, but also the joy that comes from having animals around us. But like everything, having animals involves not only the cost, which is not too high, but also the daily attention they require. In this article, therefore, we will see how to make an automatic feeder for chickens.

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This is why this automatic chicken feeding system will allow us :

  • Reduce grain wastage
  • Keep rodents out
  • bird repellent
  • Labor saving when feeding them
  • Avoid getting wet or damp

Although this homemade chicken feeder It seems like an arduous and complicated task, but you will see how simple it is with these 10 simple steps that you can read below or follow step by step in the video that we leave you below.

1. Buy the materials.

First of all, the number of hens to be fed must be taken into account, because the container, drum or pail choose will be bigger or smaller. For 3-4 hens we chose a 50l drum what will allow him to putr 4 pipe bends 90mm with their respective caps make feeders. If we want to put more feeders, we will have to buy a bigger bucket so that the automatic feeders can be well spaced.

2. Tools needed

The tools for this are also very basic, we will need a metal saw for cutting PVC pipes, a hole saw the size of our pipes to pierce the drum and silicone to seal the pipes well so that no moisture enters. A little of Sandpaper to complete the cuts in the bucket.

3. We make the holes in the cube

We carefully measure the height at which to place the bends of the pipes and mark. Calculating the height of our pipe bends, we marked from the base of the cube about 11 cm. When cutting with a hole saw this point will mark the center of the circumference. We score 4 points coinciding with the cardinal points.

homemade bird feeder

4. We make the cuts in the bends of the pipes

In the elbow of the PVC pipe, we will make a cut at the end opposite where the plug is placed. let’s make a cut about 2 cm high and all the inner semicircle. This window will allow grain to enter the PVC pipe.

homemade chicken feeder

5. We return the bends of the pipes to their place

Once we have cut the PVC pipes, we will insert them into the holes that we had previously made in the drum with the crown saw. The part we cut should be inside the bucket, while the part of the pipe the lid goes into should be outside the bucket or drum.

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6. We prepare caps for pipe bends

We continue to prepare the automatic feeder for chickens and for this we take the covers from the PVC pipes and with the help of a hacksaw we cut ⅔ of the lidso that the ⅓ that remains uncut is placed in the lower part to prevent the grain from flowing out of the trough and being wasted.

It is important sand the tops which we cut off to prevent the hens or chickens from being damaged by sticking their heads through the lids.

7. We seal the pipes

Once the elbows of the PVC pipes are placed inside the barrel and the caps of the elbows of the pipes outside, we will seal with silicone all around the pipes to avoid leaving cracks through which water or simply humidity could penetrate.

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8. We breed automatic chicken feeder

It is important that raise homemade and automatic chicken feeders so that it is quite comfortable for the chickens to eat; and it will also serve to keep the grain off the ground where it mixes with dirt and grime.

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9. We add food and close the automatic feeder for the hens

We fill the entire drum with feed or grain, making sure that the grain reaches the automatic feeders and when all is well, we close the specialized drum to store the feed tightly.

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10. Make the necessary changes

Once we have installed the homemade chicken feeder, we must have it for a reasonable time during which we will have to observe how the chickens react to it. First of all, give them time to adapt but also observe if there is a problem with the accessibility or stability of the automatic loader and modify it as necessary to correct it.

This feeder is ideal if you want to have chickens at home, we also offer you more than 30 homemade chicken coop ideas that you can make at home, and have the chickens as happy as possible.


homemade chicken feeders

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