I was out to check on the feeder already this morning,
going to have to restrict the flow . I will have to decrease the slot from 2" to 1" for this type of layer formula. It is more like sand than ground feed. (an oily sand)
I think I will have to build a divider down the center of the inside of the feeder to help the feed sift to the sides. it seems to pile up in the center and doesn't work it's way to the sides..
otherwise it is working fine and the chickens are loving it.
Cind, the feed will not stay in the feeder for days,, I can go through 50 pounds of feed in two days, maybe less once the chickens get older. I don't worry about the little that the mice will eat. guineas eat mice if they catch one. the chickens eat mice , too, but they don't bother catching them unless it is right there, and they are hungry ..
I use the 5 gallon waterer in the winter. I also made a couple of base heaters that work well in most cold but not in extreme cold like -20F.
many times I just give them a pan of water and they drink right away, then it freezes .. I dump the ice and repeat the process once a day .