Uses for a simple bucket

Have you given thought to how important a simple bucket can be?  This is not the 5 gallon buckets, but something like a 1 gallon bucket.  Small buckets are easy for young children to handle, so this enables them to help with basic chores, such as feeding the chickens and picking peas.

Chicken Feed

What kind of bucket do I use to bring feed to the chickens?  Its a plastic pop-corn bucket my wife and I bought from the local movie theater.

What do I use to fill the bucket?  A large plastic cup my wife and I got from a casino.

For stuff like hen scratch I use a plastic tub that was filled with peppermints.

Most of the popcorn buckets have some kind of image on it, the image is usually from a movie.  The children see the image, see the handle, so its just natural for them to take the bucket and help with feeding the chicken.

Picking Peas and Beans

A 1 gallon bucket is going to fill up pretty fast with beans and peas.  To address this issue, we set a 5 gallon bucket at the end of each row and the adults carry a 5 gallon bucket.

The children go through the rows picking peas, when their little bucket is full its dumped into one of the 5 gallon buckets.


Here in southeast Texas, when the first part of May arrives, the dew berries are ready to be picked.

Through the entire month of May either Dew Berries or Black Berries are maturing in southeast Texas.  these 1/2 and 1 gallon buckets are just the right size for picking berries.

When the people on the SurvivalistBoards facebook page were asked how they would use a 1- 2 gallon bucket, here are some of the replies:

Carrying water
Washing clothes
Personal hygiene
Cleaning out the chicken coop
Collecting eggs
Table scraps

Do you save buckets or other small containers? If so, what do you do with them?