Anybody use this feeder for quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by _Randall_, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Just wondering if there is any waste with this feeder ........... http://www.tractorsupply.com/livest...nt/harris-farms-hanging-feeder-10-lb--2160034 ??

    I've got 3 of these ........ http://www.tractorsupply.com/livest...quipment/feeder-chick-slide-top-18-in-2167531 , but am getting tired of filling each of them every day. One thing about them, there's no waste.

    The 10 lb. feeder has the little dividers in the base to keep down on the "feed scratching", but didn't know if they could still rake feed out any way.
     
  2. spectrumranch

    spectrumranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    We use them and some metal ones like it. Most times we place that feeder in a larger dish so the birds cannot scratch it out of the feeder.

    Here is the only photo I could find if how we do it, it's a metal feeder but same as the pens with plastic feeders:

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  3. canter6

    canter6 Cooped up

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    This feeder http://www.tractorsupply.com/livestock/livestock-equipment/chicken-equipment/feeder-chick-slide-top-18-in-2167531
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    actuality better for coturnix quail. There is a plastic version which is what I use. I do have to fill it with about 1# of food every day.

    I'm not sure what variety/species of quail you are asking about (and have been chastised for even asking) but coturnix quail can empty out most hopper type feeders in a matter of min..
    The flat feeders work best for me as far as waste goes, but the work is a pain.
     
  4. Kullas

    Kullas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i also use the rabbit feeder so i can fill it from the outside and yes they can empty it so i cut a peice of chicken wire and stuck in the opening and i have no more problems [​IMG] just make sure to get the solid bottom feeder or put something over the mesh in the bottom so the feed want fall out the bottom
     
  5. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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  6. Byrdj

    Byrdj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks. I've tried the other methods also but wasn't completely satisfied. I ordered one of these today to try it out.
     
  7. Plain_View_Farm

    Plain_View_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are the feeders I use for Quail.

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    There is NO WASTE....
    Not bad to fill with a bucket that has a little spout on it. I use 2 gallon plastic water buckets.
    I have 2 of these in my Flight Pen with 90 Coturnix in it and they don't empty them in a day.

    These have been raved about by other BYC members in earlier posts.
    If you would like this fellows contact information contact me.

    He also makes smaller ones for Button Quail.
    Again NO WASTE...

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  8. laputa

    laputa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made a simple mod to the long stick metal ones, and it significantly reduced waste from outrageous to of no concern to me:
    Simply use two long pieces of tapes, one apply outside, one inside, to block the lower half of all holes, and the sticky side of the two pieces of tapes meet each other through the hole. I didn't want the quails get stuck on the tape, thus why two tapes.
    The hole should be only large enough for them to stick their head inside to eat and not feeling strangled [​IMG], but not large enough for them to have the room to scratch and wiggle their head around, and when they manage to scratch their head in the feed, the tape would stop most of the feed from flying out. I found blocking about 1/2 of the hole is good.

    Filling it and the water bottle does give me about 10 minutes work every day. But with under 20 birds, it is very managable. And I combine it into the same time slot to pick up the eggs.

    In fact for any type of feeder, I think as long as some mod is made to limit the size of the access opening, it would help. It would further help if the surface of the feed is somewhat below the lower edge of the access opening.
     
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2009
  9. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Quote:I like the looks of this feeder. How much does it hold? And, can the feed level be seen through that material?
     

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