4 month olds hate the top of the feeder

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sinfonian, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. Sinfonian

    Sinfonian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2011
    Seattle area
    Is that normal? We have the standard metal long tray with beak holes in the top. I've found they don't eat much when the top is on but go to town when it is off. Is that what I'm supposed to do or what? I think they can't see well through the holes anymore. Maybe the top's for chicks or something? My brother and I disagree about it. Any thoughts?

  2. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    The holes might be on the small size for chickens that age. It is meant for chicks.
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Also, sometimes those edges are sharp; now and then someone starts finding beak injuries which trace back to those.
  4. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    You should probably get a hanging type feeder or one of the ones that are a bucket with a tray on the bottom. Also raise it up to the height of the backs of the chickens for less waste. Terri O
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    The holes are to keep them from scattering the feed.

    Odds are good the difference you're seeing is what is being wasted
  6. Sinfonian

    Sinfonian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2011
    Seattle area
    I'm not worried about waste. They clean it out fast, even it they flip it. It's insane how fast they eat with no holes to stop them.

    Thanks folks, as always!

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