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10 DIY Chicken Feeder And Waterer Plans And Ideas

For making your own chicken coop, you are definitely going to need some diy feeder and waterer plans. I am not compelling you to spend lots of money on buying feeders or waterers all the time; rather, you can make the most of homemade chicken feeder and waterer. Simply take out some time, play with the stuff that is lying in the garage, or buy a few essentials and add beauty to your coop and the backyard.

This excerpt deals with ideas of different types of diy chicken feeders and waterer, that you can can make out of simplest materials that cost just a few dollars. These plans can help you feed even a smaller flock, or large flocks too – you can simply adjust it according to your needs. Click on image source link for detail plan of each feeder and drinker.

1: Wooden feeder:

Looking for a simple and cost effective diy chicken feeder? Here you can make the simplest one with wood – you need excellent assembling and wood cutting skills. You can use plywood as it is resistant to fungus and other bacteria. In order to get more details about assembling, accurate cuttings, go through the given link:

Wooden feeder

2: Simplest PVC feeder:

With the help of elbows (90 degree) and PVC pipes, you can get the simplest yet effective feeder for your coop.  It is a kind of “T” shape system, which can be used for both feeding and watering the chickens. The two ends of the system can be used either for feed, water,or for both.

Here are brief instructions to make this pvc feeder.

Take 5′ pipe and cut two 3” long pieces.

Pour pvc cement into one of the side holes of the “T” and place one piece of 3″ long pipe.

Dry-fit (do not cement yet) the Elbows onto the 3″ pipe stubs.

Use glue to fix the pipe onto the top hole of “T”

After turning the cap upside down cut four slots in the sides of cap.

Simplest PVC feeder

3: Bucket feeder and waterer:

If you are at all in the mood to spend more than 10 to 15 dollars, this is the best idea you can come up with.

Here are brief instructions to make this diy chicken feeder and waterer.

  • Take bucket, which has a lid, screws and oil pan to make a diy feeder.
  • Use a bucket with lid to make a waterer.
  • Drill in holes at the opposite sides, at a little level from the bottom.
  • Insert it in upward down position in a pan.

Therefore, now you do not have to think how to make a chicken watererGet the detail instructions here

Bucket feeder and waterer
Diy waterer and feeder

4: PVC multi-opening feeder:

A basic feeders looks like an “L” shape which has a hole cut out at the bottom length of the feeder. The feeding material is poured in from the upper hole. You will need:

  • Adjustable elbow
  • Elbow pipes
  • Vent cap
  • Ceiling cap
  • Tools

This kind of design would help you save the costs incurred on wasted feed. Detail feeder plan

PVC multi-opening feeder

5: The best 2 systems:

For constructing a complete homemade chicken waterer and feeder, you must choose this plan. You can get two beautiful, convenient and effective style funnels which can be made useful. By working on them and assembling in the right way, you can pour feed into the one, while pouring water inside the other end. The entire thing can be made from PVC, so it is not at all costly.

The best 2 systems

6: Container to a waterer:

This type of diy chicken waterer is simply the best to have in the coop if you have angry birds all around. An upward side down container in the pan filled with water helps in making the best waterer. However, you need to drill in holes, at the side so that it can work under the gravity principle.


7: Glass waterer:

Take a canning jar of 1/2 gallon capacity and clean it up twice or thrice, so that nothing is left inside. Make sure you make a hole in the bottom, and flat the edges. Take a plastic plan or even a glass bowl and keep the water filled jar on it. Here is the simplest and cost effective kind of automatic diy chicken waterer.

diy waterer

8: PVC waterer:

If you have a PVC bucket lying in your junkyard, or discarded one recently, do not throw it. It can be used for making a perfect poultry waterer. You may need to invest in a pan, which would be the direct source of drinking water for the chickens. The process is simple – take the pan, mark the holes in the bucket and place it upside down on the pan.


9: Nipple sucker waterer:

Take a bucket, drill holes in the base. Insert the nipple suckers in the bucket, and fill it with water. Hang it anywhere you want, or simply place upside down in the coop. Your chickens would suck the nipples each time they want to have some water. See the complete guide at Peak Prosperity

Nipple sucker waterer

10: “L” shape PVC feeder:

This kind of feeder can be attached to the coop easily. PVC made feeder has two ends – open-ended side is exposed to chicken while the other end is closed, and the feed is added from there.

diy chicken feeder

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  1. We tried the l-shaped feeder (#10), and it was a bad idea. If the pvc feeder/extension tube was too long the chickens rubbed the feathers off their chests trying to get to the feed, and if it was too short they flung the feed out with their heads, making a mess and wasting food. Back to the drawing board.

    • Well thanks for that information. Always good to hear from someone who tried and found the faults before deciding on what to build.

    • Corissa Robinson

      get the covers, and cut in half, and they can’t fling it out.

    • This one has worked the best for me. I used a 6″ piece of pvc pipe for the bottom foot and added a 3″ piece of pipe to the feed bowl. The chickens love it and I have almost zero waste now.

  2. I Was about to toss a milk carton and thought “this will make an awesome chick feeder” and vioala! It’s perfect

  3. I made a feeder similar to #10. I used black sewer pipe (1 piece, 3″ diameter, 36 inches long), one ‘wye’ (not a T or a 90) and two pipe caps.
    1. cut 3 inches off of the 36″ pipe.
    2. stuff the blue pipe cap up into the bottom of the ‘Y’ pipe. Now you should have two openings facing up and the one opening facing down is capped on the inside. Make sure that the cap is in there upside down. You want it to black as much of the inside of the ‘Y’ as possible to keep feed for going stale in a bottom corner. The blue cap is a very tight fit. It is supposed to fit over pipe, not inside a joint so it does take some effort to get it in there.
    3. take the 3″ cut off piece and sand the edges so that they won’t scratch the chicken and then put it into the part of the ‘Y’ that is on a 45 degree angle and put the remaining 33″ of sewer pipe into the straight through part of the ‘Y’.
    4. use the second pipe cap to cap the top of the 33″ piece as a dust cover.
    5. remove cap, fill with feed and recap.
    6. whenever I refill it, I dump out the dust and shrapnel back into the feed bag to make sure that there is never anything sitting in the bottom for a long period of time.
    So far I have cut the feed wasted on the floor to zero. Does not work with crumbles because the birds will dig through it looking for big bits (which are not present in crumbles).

  4. golly, its so vague, I cant get it. where do u drill the holes in the bucket for water and what holds it there so it wont turn over?

  5. I don’t know where to put holes in bucket ???

  6. holes in a bucket: the tray will fill to the level of the top of the hole you drill. Drill it so that the topmost part of the hole is as high as you want the tray filled. Drill too high, and a flood will ensue! I just made a brooder watering thing by putting a single hole (all you need for water) in a mayo jar, almost at the bottom of the jar, by melting the plastic with a hot metal rod. Fill the jar with water, covering the hole with a finger; put the lid on it; set it into a larger lid. Works like a charm!

  7. Hi,

    Great article on “10 best DIY chicken feeder and waterer plans and ideas”.

    After years of frustration, we finally did it….
    …my lady and I build the Coolest Chicken Feeder in the World!!!

    There’s a funny 3 min video that goes with it:

    And a 7 months later follow up:

  8. Warning about the nipple sucker waterer! The lid of the bucket can become ‘vacuum’ sucked as the chickens drink the water and then the it stops flowing through the nipples. At first I just left the lid on loosely only to find it stuck tight the next day. Drilled a small hole in the lid and it works beautifully!

    • I was wondering about this one! Do the chickens just “know” what to do? (this is my first time having chickens…) thanks a lot!

      • Chickens will themselves search for food and water you don”t need to train them, however you have to make sure food and water are in their reach.

        • I just the nipples that mount on the side of a bucket. They work wonderfully. They have a very small dish under the nipple so the water pools there.. literally about 5 drops. I drilled each nipple about 1” above the bottom of the bucket and tried to get the nipples shoulder length.

          I also cut a 2” hole in the lid and ran 2” PVC outside of the chicken coop with a funnel device on the top. So now to water the chickens.. all my little girls have to do is pour water in the top of the pipe and it fills the bucket. I used a 2 liter cut in half to cover the pvc so no leaves or debris can find its way into the bucket.

          Works great.

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