Chicken Fence Feeders

britinpa

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Can anyone recommend a good fence feeder for the outside run. I've been browsing for a while, but would like to know if anyone here has a favourite. I was just looking at the Moultrie deer feeder that you attach to a post or tree - in the reviews someone said they used it for their chickens (they had it in the coop). There is also the royal rooster ones. Have any of you used these products?
 

Peppercorngal

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No I haven't, but why would you put feed outside the run? I have large runs and all feed and water is in the run. We have fox & coyotes during the day and bears at night. Not to mention the squirrels and mice. I don't want to attract any predators to my chickens free range space, especially at night, even deer would come and eat the feed! I want them to have access to feed during the day so it's in the run which is enclosed and locked during the night. I use the 10 pound plastic feeders, you can hang them, but I just put them on the ground.

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britinpa

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Jun 22, 2020
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No I haven't, but why would you put feed outside the run? I have large runs and all feed and water is in the run. We have fox & coyotes during the day and bears at night. Not to mention the squirrels and mice. I don't want to attract any predators to my chickens free range space, especially at night, even deer would come and eat the feed! I want them to have access to feed during the day so it's in the run which is enclosed and locked during the night. I use the 10 pound plastic feeders, you can hang them, but I just put them on the ground.

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I didn't say 'for outside the run', my words were 'for the outside run' (not the coop). I would like to keep the feeders (relatively) clean of debris and poop, so was looking at ones to mount that might work good. I have a miller flip top out there at the moment.
 

Gooseface

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5 gallon bucket with pvc elbows was the best move I ever made. No more waste, chickens love using it, holds a lot of food and you only need to fill it every couple weeks. Sorry....never used an electronic auto feeder. But the bucket works great and there’s no electronics to break. And no fees wasted.
 

britinpa

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Jun 22, 2020
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5 gallon bucket with pvc elbows was the best move I ever made. No more waste, chickens love using it, holds a lot of food and you only need to fill it every couple weeks. Sorry....never used an electronic auto feeder. But the bucket works great and there’s no electronics to break. And no fees wasted.
Thanks! I was just looking at one of those on Etsy. It looked great - shipping was expensive though (nearly as much as bucket.
 

britinpa

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Jun 22, 2020
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Hanging a feeder from the rafters works well too, and choosing a feeder that helps limit bill out.
What is your run fencing? Is the run predator proof?
Mary
Hi Mary, the fencing is hardware cloth. We have a small tin roof from the coop down to the gate, but we are going to extend it to cover a bit more of the run. The side where the food is we are going to put some sort of plastic to protect from the elements. The feeder we have outside at the moment they have tipped over a couple of times, so I am trying to figure out what to do with feeders inside and out. Their coop is small (6 x 4). For now, we have boarded up the nesting boxes until they are ready to start using them, so I have a waterer and feeder on the ground. Once the board comes off, I don't want to block the nesting boxes, so am considering hanging small waterer and feeder on the coop door (as I don't want to take up the floor space in front of nesting boxes). I was thinking of putting a little bar on the inside of the door to hang them on - I was looking at the Little Giant plastic hook over feeder - not sure whether this is good, but am trying to get it right, so I don't waste too much money.
 

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Have you checked out Premier1supplies.com? They have good stuff, not found at the feed stores. I like their big yellow plastic hanging feeders here; at least look at their website. They have nice catalogs, and good advice by phone too.
Is the roof on your coop and run built with snow load in mind? It all looks pretty flat from the picture...
Very nice set-up!
Mary
 

RojoMarz

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Thanks! I was just looking at one of those on Etsy. It looked great - shipping was expensive though (nearly as much as bucket.
There are lots of diy videos and blogs on how to make them, if you have skill/tools. We made one and it was good...until the chipmunks were getting inside it and eating the feed. I decided then to switch to a Rat proof feeder. I'd recommend to consider you potential for rodents, small critters to get in the feeder, before doing that style.
 

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