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How to Build a Deer Feeder

PVC gravity feeders easy to build and last many years

PVC feeders are easy to build and will have wildlife coming to them for a regular source of food. We have found that if you fill these first with 1 bag of corn then mix a bag of deer chow and corn putting this in top half that they will start eating almost anything you put in them. You can also use horse sweet feed and corn mix it’s cheaper, deer seem to love it and has plenty of nutrients.

Materials needed

First you need to purchase your PVC and fittings. Normally you can only buy 12″PVC in 20ft. lengths so we build 4 feeders at a time but if you want to just build one; I’m sure that Lowe’s or Home depot will sell 5ft pieces.

Materials for each feeder

1- 12″x60″ piece of sch40 PVC

1- 12″ PVC cap (this is your lid do not glue it)

1- 12″ PVC coupling

1- 12″x2″ PVC reducing fitting

1- 2″X12” piece of PVC with a 45degree angle cut at the end. This is where your feed will come out

1- small can of PVC glue

1- ratchet strap to hold your feeder to a tree

Spray paint as you see fit

How to put your deer feeder together

Step 1) You may want to get a small board and a hammer, 12″PVC doesn’t always go together easy. Lay your 12″PVC pipe on the ground, apply PVC glue to one end and push the 12″PVC coupling on the pipe.

Step 2) Apply glue inside the other end of your PVC coupling and on the outside part of your 12″x2″ reducing fitting that will slide into the coupling.

Step 3) Prepare your 2″PVC as shown, then apply PVC glue to the end that goes into your reducer.

Step 4) Wait for the glue to set up and paint it to blend with surroundings.

Note: Do not glue the cap! this is your lid. Once you place this against a tree, fill it with feed and slide the cap on by hand so water can’t get in the top but not too tight you want to be able to slide this off to refill your feeder.Also when you set up your feeder make sure the feed can flow out slowly. If it’s coming out too slow you can dig a small hole around it. If it’s coming out too fast push a little dirt up to slow the flow as you can see from the picture below you want small amounts at one time.
As you can see from this photo your feeder will only let small amounts of feed come out at one time this keeps the feed fresh and keeps wildlife from spreading disease.
As you can see from this photo your feeder will only let small amounts of feed come out at one time this keeps the feed fresh and keeps wildlife from spreading disease.