Chick feeder that excludes adult chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by RKG1, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. RKG1

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    I have broodies sitting on eggs, we're 2 weeks till hatch. I want to prepare ahead of time. Any ideas?

    Pics would be helpful, and thanks!
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I feed my broody-raised babies what everyone else eats, an all-in-one similar to grower or flock raiser. If you're going to feed starter, it's fine for momma (and all your other birds, for that matter) to eat it also.
     
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    I should have been a little clearer. My peeps will be eating the same feed as the rest of the chickens (Purina Flockraiser). My concern is that if I put a tray-type chick feeder in the coop (on the floor so the chicks can reach it) the bigger adult birds will empty it before the peeps get enough to eat.

    the PVC feeder that's in the coop now is too high off the floor for chicks, and the openings are big enough that a chick could get inside the feeder (if I lower it to accommodate peeps).
     
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    Okay, I get it now [​IMG]

    I'm perfectly fine with my birds eating off the ground. I fill the feeder and have an idea of how long that much feed should last those birds. If they chose to bill it out on the ground, fine by me. They're chickens and their natural food comes off the ground. They can pick up the feed just as easily as they can scratch a worm.

    I have used the larger steel gravity feeders with the tray underneath. I cut a collar of chicken wire to go around the tray. Keeps my larger birds from billing out so much.

    Or, you might look on the thread about a no-waste 5 gallon bucket feeder. I think it was there, someone made smaller feeders from coffee cans, where the chicks had to poke their heads inside the PVC opening and get the feed. That would ensure a good supply for them, while probably being too low and awkward for the adults to access.
     
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    Thanks very much you guys!
     

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