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post #11 of 17

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.

post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 

EmTy,

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?

 

Thank You,

SuseyQ

post #13 of 17

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.

post #14 of 17

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.

post #15 of 17


I did this cause I was getting a lot of waste. I cut 6 - 1 1/4" holes. I'm on a small scale for now so this works good for me. I've been thinking of fixing it so I have a pvc coming out the top so I can put more feed
post #16 of 17
I did see a set up with pvc that came thru the side with holes cut n the trough and fill from the outside. When I get more birds I plan on setting it up like this.
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all your great idea!  You are quite creative.  I think we all like to determine how we can have less feed waste.

 

SuseyQ

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