I have a self-feeder for convenience and I noticed that there's a lot of feed that they scatter out of the feeder. Once it's on the ground, they don't really eat it anymore. And why would they since there's always a fresh supply in the feeder!
I have 12 chickens and have been going through 40# of feed in about 10 days or so. That seems a little high - estimates I've seen are 4# for a dozen eggs. For my hens, that would be about 25# in 10 days. I hate to waste the food - and money! - but still want the convenience of a self-feeder.
I've tried raising the feeder (it hangs from a chain from ceiling), but does anyone else have suggestions or insights?
Not sure if it matters, but I've been feeding them organic 20% layer mix, but just realized I'm supposed to give hen scratch, too. I just put some out for them - they can just take it in another self-feed dish, right? I don't have to actually mix it in with their other feed, do I?