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Thread Starter 

On Ebay I saw a trigger feeder that operated like the water nipple.  The chicken pecks at the nipple and several pellets fall into a tray that they eat.  The movement of the pellets seems to attract their attention so more are eaten rather than wasted.  But there was only one source and its in UK.  Does anyone know 1. If they work, and 2.  If they are available in US?

Also saw spring feeder, similar action, but also only available in UK.

post #2 of 17

seems to work fine for them

http://youtu.be/vc1kW-2HXJg

post #3 of 17

THAT is crazy cool! Wonder where you get the trigger...

Our mini farm consists of 5 humans, our retired Greyhound, Ellie, 32 chickens (28 Speckled Sussex, 1 Buff Orp, 1 Australorp), 4 Nigerian Dwarf doe goats. Yes, my husband thinks I'm crazy for it!

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Our mini farm consists of 5 humans, our retired Greyhound, Ellie, 32 chickens (28 Speckled Sussex, 1 Buff Orp, 1 Australorp), 4 Nigerian Dwarf doe goats. Yes, my husband thinks I'm crazy for it!

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post #4 of 17
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Since you guys are the experts, and nobody replied here, I gathered the UK supplier was the only one and ordered 3.  With shipping it was $25 US or L15.50.  I let you know how it works out when they arrive if you're interested.

I gotta keep it simple and easy.

Ann
Lindon, UT

post #5 of 17

Ann,
I'm very interested in how they work, please post on whether or not you would recommend. I searched long and hard trying to find images of the one you purchase to try to make my own, but no luck!

Thanks
Jenny

post #6 of 17

Here's a link to my thread about this same device.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=485925

Scroll down that thread to see a picture posted by jmagill.  I've also received mine.  Same supplier, same apparatus.  I poked a hole in a coffee can, inserted the device, and added some feed just to see how well it worked, and seems like it will be o.k. 

My only advice so far is to make the hole in the container no bigger than necessary to get the end that the chickens peck through the container.  Supplier recommended 12mm for crumbles, which is just about the size of the end piece that has to go through the hole.  It seemed small but in use it seems to release quite a bit of feed.

I'll post pics when I've had a chance to get it permanently installed.  After seeing the video, and recently introducing my chicks to nipple waterers, I don't expect any problems getting the chicks to use it.

Annie

Semi-retired.  Wonderful DH who's a city boy at heart, but tolerates my desire to live "out" and keep a large garden.  AND now chickens.......what a Sweetheart.
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Semi-retired.  Wonderful DH who's a city boy at heart, but tolerates my desire to live "out" and keep a large garden.  AND now chickens.......what a Sweetheart.
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post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 

Annie,

Your link was helpful, thanks!  I have mine but haven't put them together yet.  Saturday was the first we've had for a month without SNOW.  And we should have some tomorrow!  I'm trying to get run built.  They love their new house.  Tyring to decide on what kind of container to use for the trigger, to hold the feed, that can be off the ground, seals at the rim, and is easy to fill.  Found 15 gal blue drum, like the size but the top doens't come completely off, just two small holes.

post #8 of 17

Hi, I am thinking of ordering one of these triggers as well.  How have they worked out for you?  Would be so great not to have all the birds and mice hanging around.  I did build a wooden treadle feeder which works well and may consider another one for outside the run but will have to waterproof it which I didn't do with the first one i built.  BUT if this trigger works I would love to try it first.  Please let me know if you would.  Thanks.

post #9 of 17

We've had a trigger feeder system which uses the one from Trigger Happy Chickens since last September and it has been wonderful to not have to fill the feeder everyday.  We have also noticed a huge difference in the amount of food that gets in the sand.  When we used a conventional feeder a lot of feed was displaced and wasted.  In short, we love it!  Here is a link to my feeder and water system:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/lake-norman-coop-de-ville-waterer-and-feeder

 

And our complete coop project:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/lake-norman-coop-de-ville

We live on Lake Norman north of Charlotte, NC.  We Love Lake Living!

We are the proud parents of Five Hy-Line Brown Hens, Three Plymouth Rocks and Four Ameraucanas

 

Click Here To See Our Coop

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We live on Lake Norman north of Charlotte, NC.  We Love Lake Living!

We are the proud parents of Five Hy-Line Brown Hens, Three Plymouth Rocks and Four Ameraucanas

 

Click Here To See Our Coop

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post #10 of 17

Rofl I took all the feed out today &put one of these triggers in. I think everyone is confused hahaha...th.gifI havent seen them use it yet but I can tell it will save a ton of feed. 

2013 dispatch ~ 14 raccoon's, 1 mole

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2013 dispatch ~ 14 raccoon's, 1 mole

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