Chicken Feeders

Aug 11, 2019
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Hello! What are some of the best chicken feeders that don't waste food. I have a trough feeder. Does that work? It seems like with my automatic chicken feeders that are just a bucket on a pan/dish, they just scratch the food out. Could I add something to that so they don't scratch the food out?
 

bpoore04

Songster
Jun 14, 2019
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I just have 3 feeders from tractor supply. When they eat the food just flows down and not much if any gets wasted. They work really good and I don’t see anything wrong with them
 

Tycine1

Crowing
10 Years
May 26, 2009
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David, Chiriquí, Panama
I have five chickens. I've tried the standard types of feeders, but ended up with a lot of waste and on some varieties, chickens with injured combs or wattles. I now use a large plastic garden bowl similar to the picture posted here; note the nearly flat bottom with ample contact with the ground and the rounded interior shape of the bowl. My flock hop in, kick the feed around a bit bouncing the feed off of the side of the bowl and back into the bowl. It's large enough and heavy enough that they don't tip the bowl over, even if they stand on the lip of the bowl. I've never had a problem with rats or other animals looking for a free meal with the exception of some wild doves... and as far as I'm concerned, the doves can eat as much as they like.
One tiny drawback is that the feed getting kicked about so much as they are literally standing in it as they feed daily, does tend to eventually get powdery, too powdery for my birds to enjoy. When that happens, I pull some aside for my quail who prefer it that way, and the rest I mix with water, yogurt, raw eggs or even mashed hard boiled eggs, or leftovers to pick up and hold the powdered feed and offer them this mix as a TREAT... and they gobble it right up.
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mandelyn

Crowing
10 Years
Aug 30, 2009
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Mt Repose, OH
My Coop
My Coop
How many do you need to feed?

We made these, 4"PVC elbows, faced down into a galvanized garbage can. Buy feed, dump feed, done touching feed until next feed run. We also have wall mounted PVC tubes for pens without many birds.

We set the can in the middle of the pen, with 4 ports, one on each side. If a bird wants to guard an opening, it can't see the one on the other side and the submissive birds still have a spot to eat from.

A LOT less spillage/waste. They do a much better job at cleaning up whatever they do spill. Since they like to scratch and the feeder can't be scratched, they scratch in front of the port and clean up what they did toss out. We don't feed layer feed, so I also sprinkle oyster shell on the ground in front of each port.

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The feed stays as fresh as it would in a can for storage, we let them eat it until empty, to avoid the potential for mold/fungus in the bottom from old feed. We aim to refresh it once every two weeks, based on how many birds are in the pen is if it gets a half bag or 2 full bags. It's good for either 25 pounds all the way up to 100 pounds.

We did one for the Turkeys too, propped up on 2 cinder blocks (next to each other) to account for their height. For chicks I use the hanging type plastic feeders, size based on age. The grow outs can't start using the PVC elbows until they're tall enough and their necks are long enough, around 12-14 weeks old.
 

Alaskan

The Frosted Flake
11 Years
Jul 26, 2008
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Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
My Coop
My Coop
How many do you need to feed?

We made these, 4"PVC elbows, faced down into a galvanized garbage can. Buy feed, dump feed, done touching feed until next feed run. We also have wall mounted PVC tubes for pens without many birds.

We set the can in the middle of the pen, with 4 ports, one on each side. If a bird wants to guard an opening, it can't see the one on the other side and the submissive birds still have a spot to eat from.

A LOT less spillage/waste. They do a much better job at cleaning up whatever they do spill. Since they like to scratch and the feeder can't be scratched, they scratch in front of the port and clean up what they did toss out. We don't feed layer feed, so I also sprinkle oyster shell on the ground in front of each port.

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The feed stays as fresh as it would in a can for storage, we let them eat it until empty, to avoid the potential for mold/fungus in the bottom from old feed. We aim to refresh it once every two weeks, based on how many birds are in the pen is if it gets a half bag or 2 full bags. It's good for either 25 pounds all the way up to 100 pounds.

We did one for the Turkeys too, propped up on 2 cinder blocks (next to each other) to account for their height. For chicks I use the hanging type plastic feeders, size based on age. The grow outs can't start using the PVC elbows until they're tall enough and their necks are long enough, around 12-14 weeks old.
I made the same sort, but with a plastic garbage can.

Excellent.

Mine don't scrape any feed out, but I put collars/pipe extenders on the ports that they were able to bill out of, and that fixed it.
 
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