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Chicken "tender" feeder

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by josiecoop, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. josiecoop

    josiecoop In the Brooder

    Jan 8, 2013

  2. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Crowing

    Mar 6, 2008
    Northern California
    I prefer to give chickens plenty of space to eat. Feeders like the one on your link that hold 20 lbs. of feed with only enough room for two chickens to feed at one time isn't practical. The top birds often chase off the submissive ones, and unless you have other troughs/hanging feeders available it is tough luck for them. Plus, it would take a number of days for 6 chickens to eat 20 lbs. of feed. The feed will get rancid and the feeder will be difficult to clean out. I like to pick up my containers every night and clean them out regularly.
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2013
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    I agree with the post above! Excellent points!
  4. josiecoop

    josiecoop In the Brooder

    Jan 8, 2013
    Well you don't have to put 20lbs in it just because that's what it holds. If the top birds run off the bottom birds wouldn't they just run them off from any feeder no matter the style it may be? Multiple feeders would make a difference on that point though. But I guess experience rules the roost in the end. ;)
  5. momstoys

    momstoys Hatching

    May 6, 2013
    I completely disagree with that statement. I have the 70 pound and the 35 pound chicken tender feeders from www.coopsnmore.com They both are completely great and I almost never have to clean them out. The food stays dry, clean and we no longer waste any food. This was the GREATEST buy I have ever made for our birds.
  6. SheshasHens

    SheshasHens Hatching

    Aug 13, 2013
    I would NOT recommend using coopsnmore. If you get a damaged feeder, the owner will tell you if it was damaged in shipping it's not his problem. He is unreasonable and rude. Apparently from other posts this has occurred before. I suggest using a more reputable supplier.
  7. LoneOak

    LoneOak Chirping

    May 19, 2013
    West of Atlanta
    I have used coopsnmore for 4 or 5 orders now and never had a problem, your mileage may vary. The link to the feeder is broke tonight and I'm not sure which feeder you are looking at. I like the PVC pipe feeders for 5 or 6 birds but I made my own and like them better than the ones they sell.

    The feed doesn't always go all the way to the end of the feeding tube but it falls enough that the birds can always get something to eat. I ocassionally tap or shake the feeder to get it to go all the way down. I believe this problem will go away when I switch from grower crumbles to laying pellets. If it doesn't I will take the eating tube off and redesign it so it has more drop, maybe make it angle down some more. I was gone 3 days last week and they were still eating when I got home.

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