New Homemade Chicken Feeder

It’s very interesting to me that in writing this blog, I have written 156 post on various topics (parenting, crafting, chickens, gardening, stocking a freezer, etc.), and consistently, the most popular post, the one that is looked at by the most people, is this one about my homemade chicken feeder.  Therefore, it is with great hoopla that I announce, I have made a new chicken feeder of a different design!  Hooray!

My previous chicken feeder was wonderful.  The feed lasted between two and three weeks depending on how much free ranging my chickens were doing and it held up really quite well, but since I am introducing two more chickens to my flock in the next couple of weeks, I realized that feeder was taking up way too much space in my hen house.  I needed something smaller, more compact, and out-of-the-way.  I will still use the old one when we are out-of-town on vacation or visiting the grandparents, but for every day use, I made a new one.

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It is a design I blatantly stole from our friends Courtney and Joe. You need very few pieces and all of mine were recycled/repurposed. I used a length of drain pipe that was sitting in my garage and the bottom of a 2-liter bottle that I cut in two parts. I (with Adam’s help) drilled and screwed the drain pipe to the inside wall of the henhouse. While screwing in the bottom, I jammed the 2-liter bottom on the bottom of the drain pipe and screwed in tightly. Then, I poured in some feed. Below you can see my new feed scoop. You may be able to guess where it came from.
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Voila! New chicken feeder is finished. This was a pretty easy project once I found the right screws. Now all I have left to do for the new chickens is install another roost in the hen house to keep fighting to a minimum and eventually build one more nest box. I’ll keep you updated about how the introductions go.

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8 Responses to “New Homemade Chicken Feeder”


  1. 1 Kristen April 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    ha ha ha! Mom thought those were pictures of Adam’s hops!!!

  2. 3 Rick April 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Are those plastic parts the bad kind? You could get the yucky plastic stuff into the feed and then into the eggs and then into you and the kids.
    I suggest you stop being so cheap and go stainless steel—for the safety.

    • 4 mysillylittlelife April 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      Hummm… maybe I’ll just think about what sort of new bottom I could attach. Its not just that I’m being cheap, but more like finding the perfect already made chicken feeder for my space and purpose would be super hard.

  3. 5 Karen April 16, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Well I don’t know what hops look like when ready to Brew ,give me a break, Looks good to me Netter’s!!

  4. 7 carrita April 22, 2011 at 9:06 am

    You are so very clever!

  5. 8 Zab November 19, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Thank you so much!! I’ve been trying to figure out a chicken feeder (for my two girls) and you just made my life a lot easier. Just made a very similar feeder to yours and I’m stoked with it, thanks again! 🙂


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