How to Build a Deer Feeder- Tips and Ideas

Learning how to build a deer feeder can be a lot of fun. In fact, you can even recycle leftover construction or plumbing materials, or buy new materials which will still save you money compared to buying a pre-made feeder. In addition, building your own allows you to design it based on your preferences and needs.

How to Build a Deer Feeder

Deer are some of the most beautiful animals. Therefore, it is no wonder people love to watch them; some homeowners even encourage them to come into their yards. They are easy to feed because they are not picky eaters. When it comes to what they consume, they eat leaves, fruit, twigs, shrubs, grass and other plants. Most deer lovers will build or buy to provide food for deer when their food sources become scarce, like in the winter.

How to Build a Deer Feeder: Tips

When it comes to building a deer feeder, the two most important parts to consider are the height of the trough and the height of the roof. To give you an idea, it should conform to the deer or herd of deer that you are going to feed. Ideally, the roof is at least 72” or more off from the ground. Use any second-hand metal for the roof of the deer feeder.

On the other hand, the trough should be at least 24” from the ground. This height allows the fawns easy access the feeder. The trough should be at least 2’ wide by 5’, long and can hold about 200 pounds of feed.

Materials Needed for Building a PVC Pipe Deer Feeder

If building a wooden DIY deer feeder is too complicated for your skill set, here’s one easy way: a deer feeder using PVC pipe. This is one of the most economical, most convenient method. To help you, here are some cheap materials that you can use:

  • PVC pipe with 2” diameter
  • Two PVC pipe caps with 2” diameter
  • PVC glue
  • PVC cutter or hacksaw
  • Rope, string, or metal wire
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
  • Corn or deer feed
  • Post or tree
  • Spray paint

Steps to Follow When Building One

The instructions below require details and attention. Read carefully so you won’t miss any small step. Remember, doing each step correctly leads to a successful feeding station.

Step One:

Measure the 2” PVC pipe to your desired length and then mark this length. To prevent breaking the PVC pipe, cut it using a hacksaw or PVC cutter along the mark you made. Some people cut it at around 30 – 35”.

Step Two:

Close the one opening of the PVC pipe with the 2” PVC pipe cap. Spread the PVC glue on the bottom of the cap and the outer side of the pipe where the cap will be attached.

Step Three

Create another line marking on the closed end of the pipe. This will be the opening of the deer feeder where the feed will flow. Use the hacksaw to cut through the marking. Then, create a diagonal marking 1” above the opening. Cut it through until the two lines meet. You should be able to remove a wedge-shaped piece of pipe. Now, you have the opening for the feeder.

Step Four

Optionally, you can spray paint the PVC pipe with colors that resemble a tree or blend in with the surroundings. This will prevent the feeder from being seen by hunters and other wildlife.

Step Five

The next and final step in how to build a deer feeder is to find a steady post or a tree. This will serve as the location where you will attach the PVC feeder. Ideally, the post or tree can be easily seen from your location. Using a metal wire, string, or rope, attach the feeder using a durable knot. Make sure that it is tightly wrapped and attached to the tree or post. You can also use a piece of rubber hose, that will go around the circumference of the tree and thread your rope or wire through the hose; this will prevent the wire or rope from damaging the bark of the tree.

Commercial Deer Feeders

If you have the budget, you might want to consider purchasing a commercial deer feeder. To help you out, commercial deer feeders come in a variety of sizes and shapes. In fact, they are quite expensive too. In addition, you first need to identify the reasons why you need a deer feeder and from there, you will know which kind of feeder you need to purchase.

Basically, there are two kinds of feeders: timed and gravity feeders. The timed feeder is built with batteries so you can program it to release the feed, and the duration of each release. It lets you control how much feed you are going to give the deer so you save money and prevent any wastage.

The gravity feeder, as the name implies, distributes the feed to the food trough or platter through gravity. It is not powered by batteries or a motor. Once a deer eats some of the feed, more is dropped down by gravity.

At the end of the day, knowing how to build a deer feeder, and actually doing it, is fun and very rewarding. Remember, you can build any size, any shape and design. Regardless, whether you choose to make or buy your own feeder, you are helping to feed animals that may not have food when needed.

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