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I purposely switched over to pellets because of this but it hasn't helped. Yesterday I filled the hanging feeder with pellets (not the first time) and today the entire feeder contents, all 3 lbs. of it, was scattered around the pen. Should I just ignore this behavior and let them forage for the food on the ground? Three leghorns!


Edited by Mikee1948 - 3/6/16 at 3:47pm
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Feed them enough feed for one day and then don't feed them again until it is all cleaned up.
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Feed the pellets to them wet in dishes. There won't be any waste whatsoever.

Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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enola is right, just give them enough for the day & let them "forge" for what they scatter until the next day.

 

Have you heard of FF/fermented feeding?  I switched over to FF when I got my 4 chicks/pullets last Nov.  LOVE IT!  May take a bit more time but sure saves on waste & it's beneficial (nutritional & sanitary).  Read the (long) thread but summing it up, it's a ratio of 1:1 (feed : unchlorinated water) mix & let sit for 3 - 4 days.  Feed will EXPAND so mix in a large glass or plastic container, use NO metal dish nor utensils.    You will see it "bubble" up, you just spoon out to feed chickens.  I drain (plastic strainer) mine for half hour prior, it's said "as much as they'll eat in 30 mintues" but I feed mine 2x day, 3 scoops in the morning & 2 in the afternoon.  There are times they won't eat all the afternoon one so I leave it in their Run & in the morning its gone.  I like my consistency like mush/oatmeal...

 

It's said they absorb more nutrition as it's broken down, there is less poop, it's firmer and less stinky, shiny feathers & egg quality 'better'...I wouldn't know as mine haven't started laying yet.  I LOVE the less poop, firmer & not so stinky since I live in the city.  

 

 

post #5 of 7

There are feeders that help limit spillage;  Premier has some good ones.  There are also directions for homemade feeders that work well.  Hanging the feeder helps too.  Mary

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Well I tried the fermented way and while they ate it, filling the feeder everyday is not enjoyable, so I went back to the hanging feeder and let they eat til it's gone. Never had chickens so messy. BTW, I dumped the rest of the FF into a large bowl and put it out for the deer. They thumbed their noses at it.

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I had one of the cheep feeders from Rural King and was putting in 7 pounds and it was lasting a day to 2 days max.  I built one of the 5 gallon bucket feeders with the PVC elbows.  So far I love it.  I put 25 pounds in a week ago and as of last night it was close to half full still.  Plus it was cheaper then the store bought feeder.

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