1. JustLook

    White Leghorns First Winter: a Pep Talk!

    My Melodramatic Pep Talk guys I am new. I know I need a better feeding system to keep the snow off their food. I am doing my best with my very first flock but for now I submit this for purely entertainment purposes!!
  2. Reiki Rooster

    Rain proof feeders

    Hello, I am try to figure out how to protect the chickens feed during rain storms. Currently I place their feed in their house during bad weather but I need a better way badly. Thank you for your time
  3. Harris Farms 7lb Hanging Chicken Feeder

    Harris Farms 7lb Hanging Chicken Feeder

    Harris Farms 7 Pound Hanging Feeder is one of their most popular sizes. This plastic feeder is easy to fill and will feed up to 15 birds. 7 pound feed capacity feeds 5-15 chickens Designed for fast filling with an open top Innovative feed ring prevents chickens from scratching out feed Simple...
  4. Carson213

    Lowest maintenance feeding/water

    I am looking for ideas to minimize how often I need to refill the food and water for my chickens. I have 23 pullets and 1 cockerel. Growing up, we always had 20-30 chickens with a coop and run. The original coop was 100 years old, rotted and torn down about 5 years ago. The original water was...
  5. N

    Hello from Scotland!!

    Just wanted to say a quick (or not so quick) hello to the BYC community. I’ve been a long time stalker and borrower of ideas from this fab site. I live in Scotland with the family and we are all chicken lovers. My partner has kept chickens for 8 years and I’ve always helped out looking after...
  6. Grace Brooks

    Galvanized Steel Has High Levels of Lead/wtf

    I just found out that galvanized steel items have a coating containing high levels of lead ( https://tamararubin.com/2018/04/chicken-wire-mesh-hardware-cloth-2201-ppm-lead-cadmium/ ) The lead contaminates surrounding soil in the garden and chicken coop, and chickens are more likely to peck at it...
  7. ABaker787

    Potential Low Waste Feeder?

    Hi all! I got this baby pig feeder at Rural King for about $18 and the babies seem to be taking to it rather well! I’m thinking this may be an option for reduced waste once they get older and start slinging feed? Since it can be mounted to a coop wall by just sliding it onto some nails or screws...
  8. ABaker787

    Chick Feeding Tray for Adults?

    Can you use one of the long chick feeder trays to feed adult chickens adequately? Just wondering if I need to upgrade my feeder (and when would that be, if so?) I have bantams if that makes any difference.
  9. DIY 5 Gallon Tower Feeder

    DIY 5 Gallon Tower Feeder

    When I discovered that the big comb of my Crested Cream Legbar rooster hampered him whenever came the time to eat from the coop’s Tube Feeder, I knew I had to build a new type of feeder to better accommodate him. BackYard Chickens is a lifesaver when it comes to searching through it for ways to...
  10. SweeneyFamJamFarm

    Research and preparation for this first time chicken mama!

    Hello, Our family is very excited to FINALLY be growing, with the addition of backyard chickens! We have chicks arriving at the beginning of May, and are taking this time to make sure we are best prepared for the success of raising healthy, and happy chickens from the get go.. while also being...
  11. Modify chick feeder for less mess and no feed waste

    Modify chick feeder for less mess and no feed waste

    If you are tired of your little darlings scratching feed out of their feeder, here is an idea for modifying the feeder for no feed waste. Cut the 1 & 1/2 inch middle section from a *small* plastic cup. Insert into the plastic feeder base. You can use a couple pieces of duct tape to secure...
  12. divineangel94

    Feed and water and hanging.

    Just curious. How do you hang the feeder/water in the run? What should I use? I have a large dog kennel around the coop so i want to know what will work safely? In a way that it's easy to get at night when they're done eating. Also any toy recommendations that chickens love. I've tried the...
  13. hannahbear

    Questions on designing no-spill PVC/bucket feeder

    Hello All, I'm in the process of building a no-spill feeder for my flock and have a couple questions. How many "ports" do you reccomend per chicken. I'm going to be adding to my flock soon so want to plan for the future. Say if I have 50 chickens how many feeding holes do I recommend? 10? 25...
  14. christatothemax

    To TREADLE or not to TREADLE, that is the question.

    Alright folks... I have seen a lot of talk about a chicken treadle for feeding chickens. Do you have one? What do you like or dislike about them? If you are adamantly against a treadle, do you have a solution that reduces rodents and doesn't have to be filled every day? PROS: It looks like...
  15. BigBlueHen53

    I did it! Sorta ....

    Okay, I should say I *am doing* it. I am in the process of making one of those no-mess, no-waste 5-gallon bucket feeders. Thanks to all who posted instructions and pics, this looked so cool and practical I had to try it! I used Gorrilla Glue (r) to get the PVC elbows set in place, and when the...
  16. KBrammell

    Space-saving, spill-resistant food & h20 solutions?

    I'm trying to set up a food/watering system for my 3 little ladies in California. My girls have a coop from Precision Pet thats ~8ft L X4 H ft X4 D ft. My priorities for their food and water system is spill-resistance, hanging above ground, and a narrow profile so they maximize their coop area...
  17. alcstreetman

    Clueless first timer with a lot of coop/run questions! Rain barrel, sand, etc.

    Hello! Our chicks are ready to move to the coop and my husband is currently finishing everything up. I have multiple questions and have already found good information from previous posters but I wanted to see if there were any recent opinions that could be helpful. If anyone has input on ANY of...
  18. Freidabrest

    Cleaning the feeder?

    I have two of the anti-pest hanging feeders for my coop and I’ve noticed some mould on the inside of the feeders from the food of the food has gone gross and stuck together. I don’t know if the food goes mouldy from the feeder or vice versa. Is poultry shield safe to use in a feeder and should...
  19. MotherOfChickens

    Show me your no waste feeders

    So, I spent a pretty penny to make a PVC feeder that I can cap off at night to keep the lil mice that live under my neighbor's shed from getting in the feed at night. Problem is, they throw the feed out of it. So like today, I have the feeder closed off until they eat all the feed up off the...
  20. msmeg26

    How much feed for 8hens?- Thinking of auto feeder

    Thinking of an auto feeder using the 5 galloon bucket method-- particularly if I go out of town for a week or so, trying to calculate what it would hold in lbs and how much feed on average 8 hens would go thru daily? Initially thought to make my own feed in 100lb portions, but that's proving...
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