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Chicken Feeder/Waterer w/ adapter

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MOST Delta filament as guide.JPG This page was part of an MTU course MSE4777 OA and MSE4777 OB/MSE5777/EE4777/EE5777: Open-source 3-D printing

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Title of the device or system[edit]

Project developed by Adam Mitchell
This OSAT has been designed but not yet tested - use at own risk.
This OSAT has been prototyped.

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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 waterer.jpg
Admitche feeder.PNG

Bill of Materials[edit]

Printed Parts:

  • Feeder or Waterer

Other Materials

  1. Plastic Gallon Jug
  2. Poultry Food or Water


Tools needed for fabrication of the OSAT[edit]

  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 Necessary to Make the OSAT[edit]

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

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions[edit]

  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]

  • 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]

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


  • Used as inspiration for design. [1]