3D Printed Chicken Feeder


Keeping the hens happy
3D printed chicken feeder for PVC pipe

Hens using the chicken feeder

This is my 3d printed chicken feeder design, it mounts on to standard 100mm PVC pipe and holds up to 5 days of food for my 6 hens.

Design and Printing


Creating the 3d model with TinkerCad

This is the model that I produced using TinkerCad. The idea is to allow the chickens access to a limited amount of food at one time to reduce waste.

The design is available on Tinkercad

The print files and settings can be viewed and downloaded on Thingiverse

TinkerCad model of my 3D printed chicken feeder for PVC pipe

TinkerCad model

The chicken feeder for PVC pipe being printed on a CR10-s printer

Printing the feeder

The finished 3D print of my chicken feeder design

The finished print


Printed in Sunlu PLA+, it took in the region of 15 hours using the following settings:

  • 0.2 resolution
  • 15% infill

Building the feeder


Prepare the PVC pipe

Cut a piece of 100mm PVC pipe to the required length, I made mine 60cm long to allow for it to be suspended under the hen house.

Insert the pipe into the printed feeder part. Drill pilot holes for the 4 screws and screw in place.

Drill 2 holes at the opposite end to accept the wire or string for hanging the feeder.

The chicken feeder screwed to the pvc pipe

Printing the feeder

The chicken feeder screwed to the pvc pipe and the hanging wire attached

The finished chicken feeder

Installation


The chicken feeder in use

This feeder is made to be suspended in a place where it is protected from to rain. My chicken house is raised 1.4 meters off the ground, so I can hang the feeder underneath. Positioning it under the chicken house also has the advantage of deterring wild birds from ‘stealing’ the chickens' food.

The 3d printed chicken feeder hung under the chicken house

The hens using the feeder


A short YouTube video of the hens and the feeder




Updated design

After using the chicken feeder with my hens I found that if I filled it with ground grain it worked fine, however if it was used with whole grain it had a tendance to become blocked.

I went back to my Tinkercad design and made a few changes

The changes I made to the design were to reduce the height of the internal cone, removal of internal separations and enlarging the grain feed arches.



Updated design of 3D printed chicken feeder for PVC pipe

The updated design

These modifications have eliminated the blockage problems and the hens are happier now.