Automatic chicken feeders

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Farmer Peggy, May 9, 2009.

  1. Farmer Peggy

    Farmer Peggy Out Of The Brooder

    May 9, 2009
    I bought a chicken feeder that the feed falls down as they eat it. Problem is this must be great fun because they seem to use their beaks to scratch out the food. Everyday they empty this thing and the food is being wasted. I have hung it a little higher thinking they were doing it with their feet but now I know it is their beeks. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  2. DukeDawg528

    DukeDawg528 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2009
    SouthEastern Kentucky
    Hang the feeder higher... [​IMG]
  3. lunatic

    lunatic Out Of The Brooder

    Check out the last pic on this page: clicky

    Notice how the chickens practically have to stick their head inside to get the food? Keeps them from throwing it around with their beak. We're going to build one of these, hopefully this weekend. [​IMG]
  4. OKbirdwatcher

    OKbirdwatcher Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 24, 2009
    NE Oklahoma
    Farmer Peggy,

    I have watched one of our RIRs sling food out onto the coop floor, but then she and a couple others just proceeded to eat it off the floor.

    I've never noticed any food accumulating on the floor so I don't worry about it. I guess they just want to eat it the "chicken way".[​IMG]
  5. The Zoo

    The Zoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2009
    Hayward, CA
    I actually use old yogurt and cottage cheese containers in my coop - I wire them to the wall of the pen and under the coop so they're out of the rain. They're easy to fill and easy to replace as needed. The girls spill some but happily eat it off the ground. (I put oyster shells in a separate one)
  6. terri9630

    terri9630 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2009
    New Mexico
    Don't clean up what they spill and don't refill the feeder until they eat what is on the ground. It won't hurt them.

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