Originally Posted by CountryChic95
I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW... I made one of these 5 gal bucket feeders with the 3" elbows. My rooster could not get the food!!! Make sure the openings are big enough to accommodate a rooster's comb if you have one! My mistake ended badly. I don't want it to end badly for anyone else...
I am really sorry for your loss.
I had just recently noticed that our rooster was not using the feeder. We had 3 inch elbows. I made one with 4 inch elbows this weekend. He does not seem to like it either. We are monitoring. It has 3 inch elbows as well.
We have now used 1 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch and 4 inch elbows.
3 inches seems so big and it is easy to think that with something that big and when hunger kicks in the rooster will just push his head in, with the waddles folding up. Apparently not.
So generally, to use this system you have to have the appropriate sizes for all the chickens. This will depend on the size of the chicken as well as the size of their combs and the size of their waddles.
Our medium sized hens are now using the 4 inch elbow. So it would appear that it may be safe to go bigger.
As well, you have to have each of the holes at the right height. If you have a mix of chickens then you have to put some thought into this.