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How to Make PVC Deer Feeders

Updated on December 2, 2011

Make A Deer Feeder From PVC Pipe

For the people out there that live along the edge of town or out in the country, one of the draws to that life was getting to see all the wildlife. You sit at the breakfast table drinking your morning coffee and watch out the window to see what might walk in. Sometimes it's turkey, sometimes it's deer. Maybe it's squirrels and raccoons. Whatever you see it makes your day a little better, your load a little lighter to see wildlife up close.

In this lens I am going to show you how to make a hanging deer feeder out of 4" PVC pipe a length of nylon rope and some hardware. It's a great way to get the animals to stop and spend some time in your yard instead of walking through.

Materials Needed

All materials can be found at Home improvement stores

1 - ten foot piece of 4" PVC pipe

1 - 4" schedule 40 threaded male adapter

1 - 4" schedule 40 threaded cap

1 - 90 degree elbow

1 - 4" schedule 40 slip cap

1 - small pulley made for 1/4 to 5/16 inch nylon rope

1 - 10 to 15 ft. length of nylon rope (1/4 to 5/16)

2 - 1 " screw eyes

2 - 5/16 snap link (located with the chains)

1 - 5/16 x 3 1/2 screw eye bolt

1 - can purple primer for PVC pipe

1 - can PVC cement

2' piece of baling wire

Cutting the Tube

Main Body of the Feeder

Measure down 6 feet from one end of the PVC pipe and mark the pipe with a Sharpee.

Use a hacksaw to cut the tube in half. Don't worry if the cut is a little crooked but try to make the cut as straight as possible.

Feeder Tray
Feeder Tray

Cutting the Tray

Take the other half of the pipe and measure down 2 feet and mark the pipe.

Use your hacksaw to cut this piece also. This piece will be the tray of the feeder.

Measure down 3 inches from both ends of the 2 foot piece and mark the pipe.

Use the hacksaw to cut halfway through the pipe at both ends on your mark.

Draw a line between the diameter cuts so you have a reference line to cut the top out of the tray piece. (See photo)

Drill 1/4 inch holes at the end of the cut lines (drill 2 holes, they are for the blade of a jigsaw to fit thru)

Using a jigsaw, insert the blade into one of the holes and follow your reference line to cut out the tray top.

Assembly of the Feeder

Lay out all of the PVC pieces of the feeder.

Use the purple primer to clean the ends of all the PVC pipes. (Just swab the outside about 1 1/2 inches from the ends)

Use the primer to clean all the inside surfaces of the PVC parts (the slip cap, male adapter and the 90 degree elbow)

You need to move quickly when gluing. Make sure to twist as you push the parts onto the pipe ends until they stop.

Put PVC cement on one end of the long pipe and push the male adapter into place.

Put cement on the other end of the long pipe and push the 90 degree elbow into place.

Put cement on the end of the tray piece and push it onto the 90 degree elbow. Make sure the tray is facing up because the glue grabs almost instantly and it will not be possible to undo.

Put cement on the other end of the tray and push the slip cap over the end.

Parts List Pictures

The next few modules will show what the parts for the feeder look like and give a short description of where they go.

4" Female Adapter Adapter - Top piece

Fill the feeder through the top and replace the plug.

4 "Male Plug - Screws Into Female Adapter

This is the cap for the feeder. Remove this piece to fill the feeder and then replace.

4" 90 Degree Elbow

Remember to drill a small weep hole, about 3/16, in the bottom of the elbow to allow water to leak out.

This will keep the corn from molding in case it rains.

Purple Primer - This Cleans the PVC So It Will Make A Strong Glue Joint

Swab the primer around the circumference of all PVC pipe parts that will be glued.

Primer the inside of all parts that fit over the pipe ends.

PVC Cement

This stuff really sets quickly. You must work fast and push parts together snugly.

Once this glue grabs you cannot move the piece at all.

1/4 to 5/16 Pulley

1" screw eye - Screws Into Side of Female Adapter

Find a drill bit just a little smaller than the threads of the screw eye and drill two holes directly across from each other in the female adapter.

Twist the screw eyes into the PVC until the threads are covered.

3 1/2" Lag screw eye - For Securing The Rope To A Tree

Use a drill bit a little smaller than the threads on the lag screw to drill a hole into a tree or post.

Put a large screwdriver through the hole in the lag screw, for leverage, and twist the lag screw in until the threads are covered.

Snap Link - Conects Rope To The Lag Screw Eye

Tie a bowline knot onto the small end of the snap link. You can use another knot if you like.

I use bowline knots because they are very strong and can always be untied.

Finishing Touches

Now that your feeder is assembled you need to get it ready to hang up.

First, drill 2 holes, smaller than the threads of the 1" screw eye, on opposite sides of the female adapter on the top of the feeder.

Twist the screw eye in until the threads are covered.

Get about 2' of wire, bailing wire will do or clothes line wire, and tie it through the eyes of the screws to form a loop 10-12 inches above the feeder cap.(see photo)

Twist the wire at the top of the loop to form an eye that a snap link can hook through.

Finishing Touches Part 2

You'll have to find a location for your feeder so you will now how much rope you need. You have to take the height of the limb into consideration and the location of the lag screw eye that will be attached to the tree or post.

Cut your rope to length and tie it through the small end of a snap link. I use bowline knots but you can tie any knot that will hold.

Get a ladder and safely put it in position to reach the limb you intend to hang the feeder from.

With another piece of wire securely attach the pulley to the tree limb by wrapping the wire around the limb and through the hole in the swivel of the pulley

Run the end of the rope through the pulley and tie the rope to the other snap link.

Find a spot on the tree for the lag screw. Drill a hole slightly smaller than the threads of the lag screw, into the tree.

Put a large screwdriver through the hole in the lag screw, for leverage, and twist the lag into the tree.

Attach one snap link to the wire on top of the feeder and the other to the lag screw eye in the tree.

Why I Build Feeders - Doe's and Yearlings

It's really a lot of fun to get the pictures from a game camera and see the deer using the feeder. This feeder has been up for 4 years and we now have second and third generation deer coming in.

Bambi's Dad

I Hope You Enjoyed My Lens - Please critique or applaud

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      Roxie3852 3 years ago

      The problem with this set up is that the corn overflows the tray if I put in the vertical section, and so, I am only filling the tray.

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      Roxie3852 3 years ago

      I like your idea, however, I wonder why you hang the feeder rather than attach it solidly to a tree or post. Is it because the feed will not flow into the tray unless the feeder is swinging?


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      Tradeshowhobo 5 years ago

      Great idea. thanks

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      What a great project. I actually have all of the materials to make this deer feeder. One of my absolute favorite things is observing all of the wildlife that are my neighbors. There are lots of deer that visit every day. Some even sleep here on my property. Glad they feel safe enough to do so. Appreciated your creative feeder design and instructions. Thanks!

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      khemo53 6 years ago

      @anonymous: My philosophy is to keep it simple. No batteries and know moving parts.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      this is genius, great idea, I think I'll make a few of these for Christmas, got a few guys who would like these.

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      fugeecat lm 6 years ago

      The photos are wonderful and your instructions are laid out really well.

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Love the photo of all the deer around the feeder. Beautiful. And a nicely done lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Your instructions seem very clear! Interesting idea. I'm hoping to have a place out in the woods, but I'm sure I won't have trouble attracting deer since I like pretty flowering plants like hostas and we grow vegetables!

      Semi-related in the build-stuff-for-critters-in-your-yard kind of way.... Have you ever seen a thing called, "daytime robbers?" It was on TV in the UK I think. People make these obstacle courses for squirrels to go through to get food. It's great to watch. I'd love to make something like it lol You can search for it. I watched the vids on youtube.