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Anyone here use automatic feeders? The kind where a chicken steps on a platform and the lid lifts up. I'm thinking of getting the one from Hayneedle. Do they work?

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I have two that I made and I love them.  I no longer lose feed to the wild birds and mice, which was costing a lot.  The one you point to on Hayneedle looks great, but is pretty spendy--I might consider a Grandpa's Feeder (made of metal) at that price.   Even with the price, it doesn't take long for a feeder like that to pay for itself if you have a wild bird problem by saving feed and limiting exposure.  If you're handy, you could make one yourself for about $35 using the plans in my sig. line.  I should point out that there is some training of the chickens to teach them how to open the feeder.

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Check out my award winning feed saving treadle feeder

Thinking about raising mealworms?  Here's how I do it

Got poultry ticks?

Tending my cubic meter sunken garden with my ladies

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I built one that worked great.  The only think was I had it in my run and it took up a lot of space.  I gave it to my neighbor.  They are pretty easy to build and work really weel.  It is fun to watch the chickens learn how it works.

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I built one and it work just fine.  One issue I see is the chicken do step and stand on the top cover so the other couldn't eat at time.  I do modified mine from the original so no more wasting their food  & rat problem period.

 

Here is how my look.  http://www.backyardchickens.com/image/id/5803155

 

 


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