Admitche waterer.jpg
Project data
Authors Adam Mitchell
Completed 2018
Made? Yes
Replicated? No
Cost USD 2.1
Download Open Know How Manifest
Page data
Type Device, Project
Keywords 3D printing, feed holder, osat, poultry, water, Plastic
SDG Sustainable Development Goals SDG02 Zero hunger
SDG03 Good health and well-being
SDG15 Life on land
Authors Adam Mitchell
Kathy Nativi
Published 2018
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Affiliations MTU
Michigan_Tech's_Open_Sustainability_Technology_Lab
MY4777
Language English (en)
Impact Number of views to this page. Views by admins and bots are not counted. Multiple views during the same session are counted as one. 616


This is a baseplate for a poultry feeder and waterer, which a gallon jug would be used as the hopper. This solution provides safe, short-term storage for either poultry feed or water that will fill the feeder when it begins to run low. This also allows for chickens to be well fed/watered and allow for the owner to refill the feeders less often, allowing them to tend to other responsibilities. A gallon jug is easy to fill with the desired feed, and is easy to screw into the baseplate.

Admitche feeder.PNG

Bill of Materials[edit | edit source]

Printed Parts:

  • Feeder or Waterer

Other Materials

  1. Plastic Gallon Jug
  2. Poultry Food or Water

Files:

Tools needed[edit | edit source]

  1. MOST Delta RepRap or similar RepRap 3-D printer
  2. Knife to cut hole into the top of the milk jug (if desired, feeder only)

Skills and knowledge needed[edit | edit source]

  • Basic 3D printing skills
  • Basic CAD skills to adjust threads if necessary

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions[edit | edit source]

  1. Download the STL file from above (Bill of Materials, admitche_feeder.stl OR admitche_waterer.stl)
  2. Convert the STL to a gcode file using Cura .
  3. Upload the gcode file to Repetier Server and print the part (depending on the settings in Cura the print should take about 2 hours).
  4. Once the part has finished, remove it from the bed.
  5. Fill the gallon jug with desired material (poultry food, water).
  6. Screw the baseplate into the jug. The assembly should be upside for this step.
  7. Flip the feeder assembly over. The baseplate should fill up with the contents of the jug.
  8. Place feeder into the poultry pen.

Common Problems and Solutions[edit | edit source]

  • Be careful when screwing the jug into the baseplate to avoid damaging the threads.
  • The feeder should be placed on a lever surface, especially for water.

Cost savings[edit | edit source]

  • Cost of printed baseplate: $2.10 USD
  • Cost of chicken feeder from TS: $12.99 USD

References[edit | edit source]

  • Used as inspiration for design.[1]

Share your opinion