Mess Free Chicken Feeder




Introduction: Mess Free Chicken Feeder

About: In the Air Force. Grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Can't get enough of Instructables, you guys rock.

Chickens make a mess with their feed. This easy to make Chicken Feeder will prevent waste going on the ground, feed getting pooped on, feed getting wet and rodents getting into it.


1x 5 gallon bucket
4x 3" 45 degree pvc elbows
3" hole saw or jigsaw
Caulk and caulking gun
Heat gun, recommended
Chain or rope
Quick snaps
Chicken Feed.....and lower feed bill

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Step 1: Cut Holes

Trace elbows on 4 equally spaced sides of the bucket about 2 to 3 inches from bottom of the bucket. Ensure that the elbow (with elbow pointed down) will not touch the bottom of the inside bucket, if it does move your positioning up. Cut holes with hole saw or jig saw (drill a pilot hole first for jigsaw).

Step 2: Position Elbows

Position the elbows pointed down inside the bucket. (If used a holesaw, you may have to use a heat gun to heat up around the hole to push the elbows through) Leave about 1/2 inch to 1 inch of the elbow extending out of the bucket. With all the elbows positioned and pointed down, apply caulk against where the elbow meets the inside wall of the bucket. (Don't apply it to the outside of the bucket and elbow as the chickens will peck it and pull it off)

Step 3: Fill With Feed and Hang

And you just made your Mess Free Chicken Feeder. Time to fill it full and hang it off a chain or rope with a quick snaps. Hang about the height of the base of the chicken's neck or slightly higher. Hanging from a chain will allow for easy height adjustment as your chickens grow or as needed. Notice my Metal Feeder in the picture, which makes a mess and will be replaced once I make another No Mess Feeder. Enjoy your lower feed bill.

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    6 Discussions


    4 weeks ago

    Awesome idea, Not sure if you thought of this but one suggestion would be to extend the top of the 90 degree elbows on the outside to act like a small roof so rain won't get in to the feed.


    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Great idea, if you are having water issues. Maybe cut some PVC pipe in half (length wise) and glue into the top of the elbow with PVC cement. That would give you added protection.

    Treasure Tabby
    Treasure Tabby

    6 weeks ago

    Very nice idea. I had chickens growing up at one time or another. But currently still have doves. It would be nice if someone could come up with something silmmar to this except for doves and pigeons.

    brad ley
    brad ley

    6 weeks ago

    Nice design
    I built something similar several years ago
    I attached a second bucket on top so that it would hold a full 50# of feed. Worked great.


    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Thanks. It works well and I like the portability rather feeders made from only PVC pipe. Most PVC pipe designs have an elbow pointing up which can allow rain in. This one has the elbows down to prevent water intrusion. Also since it's hanging, it prevents rodents from getting in and keeps the feed safe and clean. Glad you like it.