3 lb or 7 lb feeder for 4 birds?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dftkarin, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. dftkarin

    dftkarin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    I'm still using a little chick feeder for my 4 pullets (who are now almost 7 weeks old) but I want to buy a hanging feeder than will only need filling every few days instead of every day. Locally I can get a 7lb plastic feeder at the TCS, or a 12 lb metal feeder at my local feed show for about the same price. Online I see 3lb feeders for $6 or so - but I would need to pay for shipping. I think I ought to go with the 3 lb one - do you think that is a good size for 4 chickens?
  2. chickenlady

    chickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    I use the 12lb one for 8 standard size chickens in one coop and 5 XXL cochins in another. In each case, I am good for a week or so. I keep them inside an enclosed area so it does not get wet. I am very happy that i went with the larger ones. I have 3 lb feeders for some of my bantams and am not happy with them. I still need to fill them every day. So, I guess my answer for you is 7lb or 12lb.
  3. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    I use a 7 lb feeder for my 6 orpington hens and I have to fill it once a week, but they also get plenty of treats. If you think you might ever get more chickens I'd suggest the 7 lb feeder.
  4. sfcityfarmer

    sfcityfarmer Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 8, 2008
    I use a 12lb feeder for my 4 hens, I don't see any downside to using a big feeder as long as you hang it somewhere dry and predator proof.
  5. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Two of my four hens billet the food out of their feeder. [​IMG] Good waste of food as they search for bits of corn or whatever. I saw a feeder that hangs, and the feed falls into the circular plastic surrounding the part that holds the food. The thing I thought clever was that the circular feeding area had plastic 'dividers' every couple of inches or so. This way a chicken couldn't fling the food out. [​IMG]

  6. dftkarin

    dftkarin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    The reason I didn't want to use the 12 lb metal feeder (although it probably the studiest and best deal) is that its so big, it will take up a lot of my limited coop space. I suppose I could put something in the middke of it so that it could still work right with less feed. Doesn't food get less nutritious and possibly moldy if it sits in a feeder for to long?

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