Just a couple suggestions. I would put the feeder up on something, like your waterer is on. Also if you have a small box that you could set it in, to catch the feed they bill out, something with low sides. Otherwise it will end up in the bedding. If you don't have a grit container you could use that feeder and get the straight style feeder for food. Them seem to not bill the food out as much in the straight feeders, in my experience. What is the timer for?