Rodents may be an issue...presently no cats or dogs. Moisture (Sticky feed) was my bigger concern. I think we will be doing some more research before I bite the bullet and invest time and money. Until then hanging feeders will be the plan.
T minus 28 days until chicks come.
You could make something like I have. It works well and was cheap to make.
Get a metal hog pan from the farm store for a few bucks and find a free 5 gallon bucket. Drill several large holes (1.5" -2") around the bottom edge of the bucket (a hole saw is best) then run screws through the hog pan, through the bucket into a scrap of wood. hang the works from the handle with wire or set on some blocks. Easy to use easy to fill.
THis is the only photo i could find of mine (i know i took pictures when i built it but alas..) i will google for some
Here is a video that shows how another guy made the same kind. The wood tray is probably more work that it is worth. If you look around you probably could repurpose enough materials to make this without buying anything
Here is a photo i got from google. I wouldnt recommend a foil pan as i dont think it will last. $2.79 for a feed pan that lasts forever vs $1 for a foil pan that lasts a not very long.... easy call there.