Advice on feeding and watering system

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by swimmom, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. swimmom

    swimmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are in the process of building and setting up our small coop which will house just 2 or 3 chickens. I'm in the process of looking at feeders and watering systems and wonder which kind will be best. Is there a good place to purchase supplies for such a small set up? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks. [​IMG]
     
  2. robot rooster

    robot rooster Out Of The Brooder

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    I would think a three to five gallon waterer for sure! Have fun

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  3. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes there is
    the best poultry supply people are
    Smiths poultry supplies
    they have a web site and you can see what they are offering

    generally you will need a feeder that holds 1/4 lb of feed per chicken per day
    it is better to just put out what they need for one day
    as it draws weavels if lots offeed is exposed to the air
    also by a waterer that holds around a gallon of ater for the day
    as fresh water and cleaning out the waterer each day is important

    I will put the information here so you can go read their web site
    Smith Poultry & Game Bird Supply

    14000 W. 215th St., Bucyrus, KS 66013-9519

    Ph. 913-879-2587 Fax. 913-533-2497

    Smith Poultry & Game Bird Supply Home A family-owned business that offers poultry and game bird books, supplies, vitamins and medication. Located in Kansas, US.
    www.poultrysupplies.com/ - 164k - Cached - Similar pages

    I am not paid to list this
    just I have known them for several decades and they are honest people and will help you

    I am not a believer in the feeders and waterers being hugh for so few chickens
    but the right size
    enjoy being around the chickens and their happy faces will make them great entertainment for you as well as healthy eggs to eat.
    As you can tell eggs and chickens are a fun hobby
     
  4. swimmom

    swimmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank-you Glenda, the web page you directed me to was just what I was searching for. Plenty of small sized feeders etc to choose from. [​IMG]
     
  5. granmahen

    granmahen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We've five hens ourselves and use a home-made waterer that's 5 gal. We couldn't afford to buy ready made. We took a five gal. bucket with lid that snaps on,not screws on (app. $6 at Lowes), turned upside down and near bottom drilled an 1/2 inch hole (just one), got a garden saucer (this cost most at $12) with a 2 or 3 inch lip and big enough for the bucken to sit in upside down with about a 1 1/2 or 2 inch gap for chickens to drink from. Up side of this kind, don't have to replace water but once a week (more if hot) down side, its heavy to haul, stinky to clean, you'll have to slosh out dirt that accumulates in saucer now and then. I'm switching to these screw on waterers that attach to 2 liter soda bottles. There are the kind with a ball at the end like hampster bottles but I'm getting the ones that have a little trough or reservoir for them to drink from. I think two should be enough for my five hens. They're about $6 each not counting the soda bottle. This way I can give them cool water throughout the day when it gets in the 100s here. As for feeders, I had one that held 25lbs of feed (once again homemade) but they were hogs about it. Now for $6 I bough a hanging trough and I keep track of how they're eating. Fill it twice a day, a.m and pm after allowing to free range about 30 min. About 4 cups each time (works out to 1/2 lb. feed each) Sorry this is so long...I don't know when to quit.[​IMG] enjoy your chickens.
     
  6. treeclimber233

    treeclimber233 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The two liter soda bottles look like a good idea but they don't work well for long. After a few refills the sides collaps (sp) and water goes everywhere except where you want it to go (in the chickens). However if you drink a lot of soda in two liter bottles and have a constant fresh supply you will be fine.
     
  7. jnjross

    jnjross Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'm a big fan of my little giant automatic waterers, they cost about $20 well worth it! no hauling water jugs wetting your shoes, scrubbing those thread . i unhook the waterers once a week and wipe them clean and snap the bowl back. i still have a few jugs for the brooder and mine haven't lasted more than a few months before the bottoms crack. [​IMG] .
     
  8. thedeacon

    thedeacon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All you really need is a small container that will hold about a quart of water. Adjust the height to match the back of the chickens. It will hold enough water for a couple of days and yet can be cleaned and changed every day. Same works for a feeder,
     
  9. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    What's the best choice for a feeder? I looked at the page on the Smith's web site and there seem to be so many...is there a preferred type for 3-5 chickens?
     
  10. terri9630

    terri9630 Chillin' With My Peeps

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