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changing place of feeder will it change eating habit?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by motherhen, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. motherhen

    motherhen Out Of The Brooder

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    I made a hanging feeder and hung it in the coop in the spring. Now its summer I thought it was nicer for the chickens to eat outside so I hung a small container outside. Now I find that they won't go to the coop feeder as often. I just don't want a large feeder out in the run. I am worried weather they are eating when the smaller feeder is empty. Does anyone else have problems with feeder preference?
     
  2. joanc

    joanc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only have 1 large range feeder in the coop. I don't want to attract other critters by having any food outside. I put a waterer outside the coop in the enclosed pen and they empty the outside watererer quicker than the inside waterer (both are 1 gallon waterers). I've noticed that the more time they spend outside the coop, the less food they eat from the feeder that's inside the coop. I guess they would rather scratch the ground and catch bugs. As long as they look healthy and are well-hydrated I wouldn't worry about them not eating. If they're hungry enough they'll find the inside feeder-just make sure to keep it full so it's ready when they are. Good luck.
     
  3. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    I agree with Joanc-I only give treats outside of the coop. I keep the large feeder filled. My chickens mostly stay outside free ranging during the day but I do see them go in and eat inside the coop during the daytime. They also eat in the evening right around 5 or so then come back outside until dusk. I only keep extra waterers around the yard.
     
  4. TreyClark281

    TreyClark281 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i change mine all the time.
     
  5. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have a small feeder up by our porch for when they are free ranging and still want feed. I've moved it gads of times b/c the darn deer eat it at night. The chickens manage to find it and every time, no problems.
     
  6. motherhen

    motherhen Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the feed back. My chickens look healthy and I guess I just worry to much.
     

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