Built my first feeder. Have questions.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by TinyChickenLady, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. I built my first feeder last week. After we ran out of feed in the can, we switched over to the feeder.
    I guess I didn't realize how big I made it [​IMG] I thought I made it too small because I made the inside of it quite a bit smaller by adding reenforcement pieces. Well, we poured a 40-50 lb. bag of feed in it and it didn't even fill half of the feeder [​IMG] But it works like a charm. There's already less waste and more room in the coop without all of those darn mini troughs!
    My question though is, how much feed can I actually keep in it without it going bad? Does it go bad?
    I dunno... All I know is, this thing could hold a good 150 lbs. of feed. Can I fill it or is that not a good idea? Any ideas about bugs? <--that's my Mother's biggest worry but I don't think it will be a problem since it's sealed up pretty tight.
    I need genius brains!!

  2. faerielady

    faerielady Songster

    Sep 10, 2009
    Quote:Feed does go bad. Actually, it goes stale. Same difference. Regular bagged pellet feed should be used within 30 days of purchase. How fast do you go through 50 lbs of feed?
  3. They go through a 50 pound bag in just about a month. There are 13 growing chickens and 2 growing duck so I have no doubt that they can go through a bag in less than a month.
  4. faerielady

    faerielady Songster

    Sep 10, 2009
    Quote:If it takes them a month to go through 50 lbs, I most definitely would not put 150 lbs in that feeder.
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Where is the feeder? In the coop? In the run? Can you post a pic? I agree in that I would not fill it to the rim. You may want to monitor it and see how much they eat every 2 - 3 days and just refill then. I wouldn't go with 150lbs of feed in there either.
  6. Tommy_poultry

    Tommy_poultry In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2009
    I would like to see pics of the feeder
  7. The feeder is in the coop. Not including the base, it's a 30" x 36" feeder. I'll take a pic when I go home tonight and put it up. I really didn't want to put 150 lbs. in it but figured if I could, why not? LoL but I don't think I will.

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