Feeding Trough

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Disambig.png See also:  Tek Trough

Feeding Trough
Feeding Trough.png

Put food for your nearby pets in this, and they'll automatically eat it when hungry!

Item slots
1L × ½W × ½H
Decay time
Stack size
Added in
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 371 1 0 0
cheat gfi FeedingTrough 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Structures/Misc/PrimalItemStructure_FeedingTrough.PrimalItemStructure_FeedingTrough'" 1 0 0
Required level
Engram points
12 EP
Crafting XP
14.8 XP
Crafted in
60 × Thatch
40 × Fiber
8 × Metal

The Feeding Trough in ARK: Survival Evolved simplifies the feeding of nearby tames, allowing them to eat from a shared trough instead of having food in their own inventories, and thereby potentially reducing spoilage from multiple stacks.


The Feeding Trough does not require a foundation for placement, and as such does not interfere with the spawning of natural resources. It does not snap to other structures. Feeding troughs may also be placed and used underwater for taking care of marine creatures. The trough works through walls and from higher elevations, so there is no need to put them in water if you have a base above or adjacent to your water pen, nor is it necessary for animals in individual pens to have individual troughs.


The feeding trough holds anything that can be used as feed for any type of tame. This includes such strange items as stone or sulfur for Rock Elementals. Tames within its range eat from the trough before consuming food in their inventory. Any and all foods can be placed in the trough at once, so  Berries,  Meat, and so on can all be mixed together to feed all types of tames.

Tames belonging to allied tribes can also feed from a trough.


Food placed in the trough has its spoil time multiplied by 4, just as it would when carried by a dino. It is therefore advisable to keep food in a nearby  Preserving Bin or  Refrigerator and only top up trough supplies periodically. For more information on spoil times, see Spoilage.


The Feeding Trough allows tames to feed within a cubic range of 11 foundations horizontally maximum (depending on the orientation of the map) and 15 walls vertically from the point of placement. The tames do not have to move as long as they are within this cube. Tames that wander through the range area are also able to feed from it. You can confirm which tames are within range by observing the feeding trough icon above each tame's name. Tames display the icon regardless of whether the trough(s) they are in range of actually have suitable food for them. Since patch 311.74 or earlier, the Feeding Trough has an option to show the range with a green circle. Given it is a cube, you can think of this circle matching the borders of a square intersecting with the four borders (◙), where the square borders are parallel to the map borders.


  • Other players can steal from a feeding trough if it is left unlocked.
  • Baby dinosaurs can't eat from the trough until they reach the Juvenile stage.
  • Creatures only eat food from the feeding trough if they would eat it from their inventory - herbivores will not eat meat, carnivores will not eat berries, and so on.
  • An icon appears above the name on tames that indicates if they are within range of a feeding trough.
  • The Feeding Trough is treated as a thatch structure and can be damaged by anything except non-explosive ranged attacks.

Painting and Color Regions

X mark.svg

The Feeding Trough is not currently paint-able, however this object may be re-mapped to include paint regions in a future update.

For more information on Paint Regions and how to use them, please view the Blue Coloring.png Dye,  Paintbrush, or  Spray Painter pages.