5 Gallon Bucket

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Chicken feeder

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.

Required Materials

-One five gallon bucket (link)

-One piece of 3″ pvc elbow (link)

-A saw

-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.

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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:

bucket chicken feeder

More helpful advice on chickens

We’ve written other guides on taking care of chickens too. Look at some of the below examples:


Deer Feeder

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!

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Pig nipple waterer

Here’s a great use for a five gallon bucket: A pig nipple waterer! A pig nipple waterer is comparable to the kind of device little pet hamsters drink from, but designed for a much larger animal. These devices are easy to attach to a bucket, making them very easy to use. A pig nipple water can have advantages over simply giving the pigs a trough do drink water from, the pigs will make less of a mess and you may not need as much space.

Make sure to place the pig nipple at a comfortable height for your pigs, as we did here above. A good pig nipple we use is this stainless steal one.

More ideas for pigs

We have more ideas that work well with pigs. To start with, did you know five gallon buckets work well as toys for pigs too? Here is the evidence, don’t these pigs look happy to you?

How to make an Emergency Water Filter


In a previous post we discussed how you can filter water using a five gallon bucket. Today we’re going to look at how you can build one of these water filters yourself, for an emergency situation, like a natural disaster. Lack of access to clean drinking water kills 1.6 million young children each year according to Unicef.

The water filter we’ll build consists of four five gallon buckets, that work to filter successively smaller particles out of the water, until you’re left with relatively clean and safe drinking water. This is a relatively low-cost solution and in most circumstances preferable over having to boil water.

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