We have been searching on this site and doing lots of reading about the feeders that our chicks will need when they are full grown. We have decided to build one that hangs on the wall (hubby is a carpenter, so building something is just a matter of telling him what I want).
We are going with the basic idea of a pink one in the Learning Center Homemade Feeders and Waterers area (sorry, I don't remember who posted it).http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-wood-chicken-feeder We are going to make some changes to it to fit our needs.
Here is what we know so far....
- it will hang on the wall
- it will have 3 or 4 divided areas in it (food, oyster shell and grit)
- it will have the food area recessed in so that the chickens can not roost on it
- the top will be slanted, so no roosting on top
- we know we will have to adjust the height according to their growth
- we are going to put some plexiglass windows so we can see the level of feed
Here are our questions...
- we have almost 60 chickens, we have read that we need to have 1" - 1.5" of eating space per bird, is this enough?
- we have read that we should have two feeders, so that the lower pecking order chickens can get up there and eat also - if we have one long feeder and seperate the food in to two areas with just the grit and oyster shell areas in between would this be enough division? hmmmm...I'm not describing it well, am I? If there is a "box" (box being the feeder) hanging on the wall, can we have food at one end, grit and oyster shell in the middle and then more food on the other end, would that be enough space? The box may be up to 4 fee long or longer. kind of like this http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/free_choice_wall_feeder.html
What do you think? What are we not thinking about? What else do we need to know?
Edited by QuiltinChick - 4/14/12 at 4:40pm