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Best feeder to prevent waste??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by urbancountrygal, May 20, 2011.

  1. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use hanging feeders as well. As just mentioned, the height is most important, imho, to reduce the waste. It is simply nonexistent. Layer pellets, not crumbles in use for the layers.
     
  2. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Would you mind telling me what this means?

    Thank you,
    Anne
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Most folks believe pellets minimizes waste.
     
  4. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fred's Hens :

    Most folks believe pellets minimizes waste.

    Thank you, I understand - am very new to this, and mine are only 1.3 weeks old.​
     
  5. ben is a terror

    ben is a terror Chillin' With My Peeps

    Doesn't the damp food get moldy? Do you use pellet in the PVC feeders? How high do you put them? Can you use this system with ducks also?
     
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  6. doitright

    doitright Out Of The Brooder

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    that is the very best I've seen ! THANKS!
     
  7. Wayside Farm

    Wayside Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    I have the same PVC setup, with mash, and the hens are making a mess. It looks like they are picking for their favorite morsels. There's a side swipe motion with their heads. Lots of waste, even with them eating off the ground.

    Do you think going back to pellets would help?
     
  8. Chick Norris

    Chick Norris Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pellets would help for sure. If you want to stay with mash just add a small length of pipe to the open end of the Y. That way they'll have to reach in a little further and won't be able to swipe the mash out as easily.
     
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  9. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they're flicking it out of the feeder, you need to make the mouth of the feeder longer. I use 2" long pieces of PVC. There should be NO waste with these styles of feeder.

    Your feeders may also be too low.
     
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  10. Wayside Farm

    Wayside Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks @CrazyTalk and @Chick Norris. I'll try the extension this weekend and let you all know how it goes!
     

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