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Seeing how much the self refilling feeders cost at the feed store put me in financial shock. The cheapest one was $30 bucks !! I decided to scour the Internet and see if anybody had any DIY ideas on how to build one at home. There's thousands of ideas! Unfortunately most were not as durable or were too complicated for me to do quickly and easily. Until I found this pin on Pinterest http://www.juxtapost.com/site/permlink/938a61c0-c274-11e1-bef7-b526981001c8/post/build_a_chicken_feeder_on_the_cheep/ . I remembered seeing a dish like that at the dollar store and so my build began.....
 
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Step 1: Materials Needed

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1) chip and relish dish from the Dollar Tree $1. 2) 2.5 gallon bucket from hardware store $3 (you can get this size bucket for free from the grocery store in the bakery department. They are used to transport icing. You just have to be diligent and persistent as they disappear quickly). 3) 2.5 gallon bucket lid $.99 (if you don't find a free bucket). 4) Various nuts and bolts , drill, small and large drill bits. Hopefully you have these or can borrow them from someone who does :)

Step 2: Attach The Dish To Bucket

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If you flip the bucket upside, you will see a small little divet from the manufacturing process. On the underside of the chip and dip dish, you will find the same thing. You can use these to guide where to drill your first attachment bolt. Drill at a slow speed and without pressure or you risk cracking the plastic.

Step 3: Reinforce

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After attaching the main center bolt, you can then drill 4 smaller holes to attach through the ribs of the plastic chip dish. This is just extra reinforcement in case you decide to hang the completed feeder or just need to tote it around a lot. You do not need to finish connecting the bucket to dish yet.
Frog_N_Faerie (author) 11 months ago
Extra info: After using these all summer, the plastic bottom did fade, and eventually cracked. All I did was go grab another chip dish and attached again. If you don't wont to have to replace frequently, I would keep this out of the sun as much as possible.
PaigeGrel1 year ago
I love this idea, no chickens though so I'm thinking of stealing this for my cats. Hopefully the eldest of the six will be able to fit his giant head in the bowl
scoot4401 year ago
Very nice! I have also had sticker shock on these and this gives me a great way around that! Thank you for sharing!
Frog_N_Faerie (author)  scoot4401 year ago
Thanks for commenting. I'm always looking for a cheaper way. I just couldn't justify spending that price on something to just hold chicken feed. Especially since the hot Texas sun will usually decimate any type of plastic within a season!