Mealtime is less frenzied when you feed chickens from these handy buckets.
Feeding and watering chickens doesn’t have to be a messy task. Melissa Griffiths creates low-cost, efficient feeders and waterers using easily found items. Start with two 5-gallon buckets with airtight lids (pickle buckets from the local deli work) and two round metal pans from the hardware store that are at least 16 inches wide and 4 inches deep. With a 1-inch standard drill bit, drill 1-inch holes around the bucket sides near the bottom, about 2 inches apart. Then set each bucket upright in a pan: Fill with chicken feed or water. The feed and water flow naturally out through the holes, but the waterer’s lid needs an airtight seal to prevent overflow. To keep chickens off the pan rim, Melissa places a board wider than the pan on top of each filled bucket.
Melissa Griffiths is a hobby farmer who loves raising chickens and lambs, and she keeps a huge garden on 7 acres in southern Utah. She has a knack for growing pumpkins, and she cans more tomatoes in a season than she can count. She sells produce, eggs and handmade aprons at her local farmers market. When she’s not caring for the animals or weeding the garden, she’s in the kitchen with her five kids, ranging in age from 2 to 10, cooking up a storm. She and her husband are currently building their dream farmhouse. Visit blessthismessplease.com for her seasonal recipes, tips on preserving and more.