Cheap Chick Feeder

Five Gallon Chick Feeder

Someone had asked about the home made chick feeder in the photo back on the post about the arrival of the chicks. Commercial feeders are either too small or too expensive. But a five gallon pail bolted onto the lid of a barrel with some holes cut in the side does perfectly. The holes are about 1.5″ in diameter. There are four holes, one on each side. If the holes are too large the chicks waste a lot of feed. If the holes are too small then they don’t get fed.

An added feature that I made but which isn’t shown here is a metal cone that goes in the bucket. This diverts the feed out to the sides.

The bucket was free as it was left over from when I bought some food grade marine salt. The barrel lid was also free, left overs from a barrel. The nut, bolt and washer cost under 30¢. Bought new the parts would be maybe $1 all told. That’s a heck of a lot cheaper than the $48 one I saw at the store. It also lasts great. This is over five years old, I think.

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5 Responses to Cheap Chick Feeder

  1. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    Walter, I really admire your real world frugality. After I saw your treatment of a “disposable” vacuum bag, I did something similar with mine, but not having any clips just then I used my desk stapler. “Disposable” is a dirty word. My recycled straight razors have lasted twenty years so far . . .

    • Patricia says:

      Recycled straight razors???? Ok, that is the kind that looks kind of like a switchblade knife, right? (Google). I tried to sell hubby on those in favor of buying El Cheapo Walmart double bladed disposable plastic razors which he likes and his response was “I’ll cut my neck open with that thing!!!!” I guess he’d rather keep paying to dispose of garbage or burn everything under the sun in the burnpile (not good for environment, not really very nice for our place, either, and kinda hokey looking- and you STILL have garbage to dispose of that is now dangerous. All that glass and metal in there! DUH!)

      I wish I could get my family to be more into sustainable practices vs. disposable. For instance, those “feminine” things also are something that could be done differently. Soap- they hate my homemade soap. Shampoo- Have yet to find a way to do shampoo and conditioner that makes our hair silky and soft. Mine is color treated, so I gotta have the good stuff, Fructisse Garnier or similar. Ugh. Loads of plastic bottles in the trash. Toothpaste- another renewable. I tried to sell them on just using baking soda and boy howdy was that a no-go. Then there is the endless parade of creams, lotions, deoderant/anti persperant… it all comes in PLASTIC. Shoot, you can’t even buy cheese anymore without it being in PLASTIC. Unless you pay $15 a lb, that is. Or similar. Ick. It’s gotta end.

      I tried to sell hubby on goats and boy I think if I bring home another goat he might divorce me. But I added up how much we spend on milk per year and it’s over $700, plus 200-300 on other dairy products, like cheese and butter. And all of it is housed in plastic, that we pay to remove. So we pay twice. It’s hard to sell people on leaving the “normal” way of life. Waste has become “normal”.

  2. julie says:

    do you also make your own waters? if so how?

    • Take a 5 gallon pail and drill a hole in the edge near the top. Fill it with water and snap on a lid. Flip the pail upside down in a shallow basin like a barrel top. You can cut the top off of a 50 gallon barrel, cutting low, to make this. IMPORTANT: For very young chicks and ducks you don’t want them having access to too much water and drowning. We put marbles in the waterers. For the first week or so I use the smaller waterers since I’m putting sugar in them and want the chicks to go through them quickly so bacteria doesn’t grow out of hand.

  3. julie says:

    How big are the holes? -thanks for the advice!

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