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Trough Feeders vs. Mason Jar Feeders

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Hey,

 

    I am getting 25 chicks and I am wondering what type of feeder works best for the chicks and the cleaning? Mason jar feeders of trough feeders and how many will I need for 25 chicks? jumpy.gif

 

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andrew3waz

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I'd get mason jar feeders. Chicks love to "bill out" feed from trough feeders, and trough feeders can get dirtier. I always use mason jar feeders, or feeders like them. You'll probably want two to three feeders for twenty five chicks. If you decide to use a trough feeder, provide one inch of feeder space per chick (make sure to include both sides in your calculations).

 

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Edited by rebeccamariemiller - 8/21/13 at 3:52pm
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The mason jar feeder has less waste and doesn't get as dirty. You can even get a two quart jar for them if they have a regular mouth on the jar. The wide mouth jars wont fit. I saw somewhere that a person used a drain pipe from a gutter system with the bottom having a lip to keep it from over flowing. I'll try to find a picture.

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I might have to try that drain pipe, that's a great idea. I got two mason jar feeders and one trough feeder I think that should be enough. Has anybody herd of sprout chick feed? I got it at Fleat Farm.

 

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andrew3waz 

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The mason jar feeder has less waste and doesn't get as dirty. You can even get a two quart jar for them if they have a regular mouth on the jar. The wide mouth jars wont fit. I saw somewhere that a person used a drain pipe from a gutter system with the bottom having a lip to keep it from over flowing. I'll try to find a picture.


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Hey,

 

    I am getting 25 chicks and I am wondering what type of feeder works best for the chicks and the cleaning? Mason jar feeders of trough feeders and how many will I need for 25 chicks? jumpy.gif

 

Thanks,

andrew3waz

 

 

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Originally Posted by Wyandottes7 View Post
 

I'd get mason jar feeders. Chicks love to "bill out" feed from trough feeders, and trough feeders can get dirtier. I always use mason jar feeders, or feeders like them. You'll probably want two to three feeders for twenty five chicks. If you decide to use a trough feeder, provide one inch of feeder space per chick (make sure to include both sides in your calculations).

 

Hope I've helped!

 

Any feeder that the little hellions can't stand up in, poop in, or scratch their feed out of will work.  You would do better in my estimation to purchase two of the full size trough feeders with the spinning around and around anti roosting guard on top.  Just put less food in at first then increase the feed as the chicks grow.  That way your little feathered pigs will each have enough trough space once they get larger.  This will also dramatically reduce so-called bullying.  

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