What do you get when you cross a bucket dolly with a wheelbarrow? Answer: A bucket buddy! A bucket buddy, as you can see above, is essentially the design of a wheelbarrow, adopted for five gallon buckets. The bucket dolly can be useful in certain situations, but the bucket buddy is useful in others. Here are some situations where you’d rather have a bucket buddy than a bucket dolly:
- You need to transport the bucket over long distances
- You have two buckets
- The buckets need to be transported over rough terrain
Using a bucket buddy is highly recommendable when you’re dealing with buckets filled to the brim with heavy items. You don’t want to hurt your back after all, or discover that the steel handle is not as sturdy as you thought it was. One advantage the bucket buddy gives is that you can transport two buckets by yourself while keeping one hand free to do something else.
Its low cost ensures that if you regularly need to transport buckets, the bucket buddy is a must have. It has one main disadvantage unfortunately: It takes up quite a lot of space. In an ideal world the bucket buddy could be folded up, but the design doesn’t allow for that. Nonetheless, this is a product we would greatly recommend, especially as you can buy it with free shipping on Amazon.
As mentioned earlier, if you’re interested in the bucket buddy, definitely check out our bucket dolly page too.
When you go out fishing, you may want to bring bait with you. You can turn a five gallon bucket into a great effective bait container, by using a bait bucket lid. The one you see above here is great, as you can adjust it to fit onto buckets of different sizes. Whether you’re using a 4.25, a 5 or a 6 gallon bucket, this lid will fit on well.
There are other options available too however. Depending on the conditions, you may wish to keep your bait cool for an extended period of time. The solution to this is an insulated fishing bait bucket. This one comes complete with its own bucket.
Fishing bucket organizer
If you’re going out fishing, you might not just want a fishing bait container, but your very own fishing bucket with all your relevant equipment too. If you plan on getting your own fishing bucket, be sure to consider getting a fishing bucket organizer, to place over your five gallon bucket. These organizers are very useful to place on your five gallon bucket, as they allow you to carry your maps, licenses and other equipment visible but dry.
It’s a great idea to capture rainwater yourself using rain barrels, for multiple reasons. To start with, the sewer system can become overburdened when too much rain falls simultaneously. When every house in a neighborhood captures rain in barrels, you reduce the risk of having raw sewage flood into your gardens during extreme downpours, as happened to me last summer. Trust me, you’d rather avoid that!
After showing you how to feed pigs and deer earlier, today we’re going to show you how to use a five gallon bucket to feed chickens! Jimmywait on the backyard chickens forum made a great guide that showcases how to make a chicken feeder, we took his idea and improved further upon it.
-One five gallon bucket (link)
-One piece of 3″ pvc elbow (link)
-A sillicone kit or pvc cement (link)
I’ll assume you already have a saw, but the rest of the required equipment may be useful to buy in one go at Amazon, to cut down on delivery costs.
Step 1: Cut the PVC elbow at the red line, as shown here above.
Step 2: Make a round hole in the bucket one inch off the bottom, using a knife or a saw, where the PVC will fit into the bucket.
Step 3: The PVC pipe should now be attached inside the bucket, with the angle pointing downwards. The piece you cut off, should be attached on the opposite side, as shown in the image above step 2.
Step 4: If you think one PVC pipe is not sufficient for your chickens, you may want to add more PVC pipes.
Step 5: When the PVC cement dries, your chicken feeder should be ready for you to use.
The final result should look as following:
More helpful advice on chickens
We’ve written other guides on taking care of chickens too. Look at some of the below examples:
Did you know you can build your own deer feeder out of a five gallon bucket? This is a great option for anyone interested in hunting in the outdoors. There are multiple designs out there, widely different from each other, depending on the spare parts people happen to have available to them. If you don’t want to do all the hard work yourself, you can also buy very good ready-made deer feeders. Otherwise, read along for a great DIY five gallon bucket deer feeder!