DIY PVC Chicken Feeder


Raising chickens is not an exclusive thing for farmers, anymore. With a lot of people deciding to have their own food home-grown, the choice for having a small chicken farm is the most cost-effective. The chicken coop is something you should take time to consider because this part will be one of the most important things you must take care in your chicken growing adventure. The other important aspect is feeding your chickens; that’s where a feeder comes in handy. One such device might cost you quite a bit if acquired from the specialized store, so you might want to opt for the DIY version. In the following project, a few PVC pipes and some PVC caps were used to build a working chicken feeder. Its capacity is 10 lbs. and will prove quite useful. Follow the detailed instructions in order to make a DIY chicken feeder out of PVC. The project will prove simple and much cheaper than other solutions. Good luck on your work!

Here’s an example of PVC Chicken Feeder featured by “Preparing Of Shft” Team.



Parts List:
1 – 4″ PVC Cap
1 – 3″ PVC Cap
1 – 2″ PVC pipe 2 foot length (only ended up needing less than 5 inches)
1 – 4″ PVC pipe 2 foot Length
1 – 4″ PVC 3-way Sanitary Tee
1 – 4″ Clean Out Plug
1 – 4″ PVC DWV Street Spigot x FIPT Female Adapter
1 – 2″ PVC DWV Hub x MIPT Male Adapter

Tools Needed:
2 – 1/8″ hole saw
PVC Cement
Hack Saw
Dremel tool or file

All instructions are in the link below…

DIY PVC Chicken Feeder – by Preparing Of Shaft

How to make 3 different Chicken Feeders with PVC


  • Prepper Farm on said:

    I’ll never cease to be amazed at the uses for PVC piping. The steps in picture format is very useful, too. Nice and easy to follow.

  • YTG137 on said:

    This is brilliant, but the vinyl chloride in PVC is a known carcinogen. Therefore, PVC use in anything to do with chicken husbandry is counterintuitive & counterproductive to those raising their own chickens for the sake of a cleaner, greener, healthier food source.

    • Common Sense on said:

      The chickens aren’t eating the PVC they are eating out of it. Almost every house in the mid west has PVC water piping from the meter to the house with no harmful effects. So let the chickens eat out of it. It is safe.

      • Uncommon Sensei on said:

        Has talking about the possibilities of releasing cancer related chemicals according to the temperature exposure of the PVC (hot or cold). Whether you own a home or rent if you use hot water and run it thru PVC chances are you are bathing in harmful chemicals.

      • BlueEyes on said:

        How do you know there are no ‘harmful effects’ in using PVC, or even the glue used to put the feeders together? I really like the idea of these feeders… easy to build… but I won’t use PVC to make them for the same reason YTG137 stated.

        Just so you know… my household water is filtered… for the same reason.

        • Kevin Edwards on said:

          Better check- your filter housings are probably plastic as well. And whatever factory processed the chicken feed is probably using a variety of plastics. I think you’re chasing ghosts.

        • Sketcher on said:

          I would like to know what kind of filter that you could have in your household would filter out these kind of contaminants. Maybe a very expensive reverse osmosis system…

    • Using drinking water PVC is safe. Using sewer PVC is not. Need the “food” grade PVC which is labeled for carrying drinking water.

  • nhoj4782 on said:

    Make sure these are under cover from the rain. They look great when they are dry but once water gets in the food everything gets wet and the feed quits flowing. I like the hanging feed container hanging inside where I can fill it without getting me or the feed wet. Just my thoughts from 27 years of backyard chickens.

  • David on said:

    I like the idea of this. The addition of the ‘low feed’ flag in the linked article is a great one also and one I haven’t seen before on other blogs.

  • Our water bottles and plastic ware that we use all contain chemicals that may cause some kind of harmful effect to us. So what’s the differense? Even the foods we eat contain some kind of harmful chemicals.

  • I’d caution using these. I have the same design and have lost at least 2 young chickens because they try to crawl up into the tube as it gets empty and they get stuck. I’m installing wire over the opening so they can’t enter.

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