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I use 2 PVC feeders in my run.  Straight down 3ft with a Y connector on the bottom so it gravity feeds as they eat out of the bottom opening.  I have found  (3-4x) an entire tube emptied around the bottom of the feeder all over the ground.  I cannot figure out how they are doing this.  They would have to pull off the bottom until the entire tube is empty.  Any ideas how or what is doing this???

 


Edited by frogman - 1/31/16 at 10:41am
post #2 of 7

They really shouldn't be able to do that easily.  Maybe one of them is O/C.  More likely is that some other critter is doing it.   A rodent of some kind, like a squirrel.

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I thought that but it is completely enclosed with hardware cloth (sides top and bottom) and now wrapped in plastic for the cold.  

post #4 of 7

1/2" hardware cloth?  What about the door opening?  Any way for a small rodent to squeeze between the door and the frame?  

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Yes 1/2in and no room from the door - snug and tight!  It seems the only way this can be happening is if one of the hens stands there an scratches out the entire hole until its empty.  I don't understand how he can get a foot in there!!

post #6 of 7

They will bill it out.  Some chickens are notorious for doing this.  Why?  Ask the chicken!  If you want to eliminate all feed waste, and make the feed they do eat provide even better nutrition, you might consider switching to fermented feed.  

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #7 of 7

I would suspect mice, they can get in almost anywhere. You might try and raise your feeder as high as you can while still allow you birds to still reach their food.

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