That's great that you can get better feed. You'll find they eat about 2 lbs a month each when grown, but they can waste a lot, so you need to minimize that.
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I'm already investigated the feeder that reduce the amount of waste. That is paramount when the feed is expensive. I have several ideas now so just deciding which way to go. I'll likely try a couple of feeders to determine which work best as far as waste. :) Do you have any suggestions in this department?
I think the best way is to keep the feeder external to the cage area or to screen if off except for holes that they stick their heads through. a 4" PVC pipe with a channel cut out wired to the outside works, or you can do the same with a plastic downspout. I think it's best not to fill it to the top.
There's a post on the quail board where someone's gone a step further and put a large screen over the feed itself on an external feeder. That'll show the little SOBs, lol.
Since I keep my adult birds outside I can't use external feeders. I use the rabbit feeders that mount outside and stick thru the wire. I pop-riveted a piece of sheet metal to the feeder opening to decrease the size of it. Very little waste on most of the cages. Though sometimes, a certain group of birds will waste the entire feeder full. So, I added a piece of 1" x 1" into the opening so they can't swing their heads around as much.
I'd be glad to post photos if you like.