chickens wasteing alot of feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by blueseal, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i feed layer mash in the 30 lb galvanizef hanging feeders. how can i stop them from wasteing so much. probably 20 lbs a month ends up on the coop floor. i have tried crumbles and the same thing happens. havent switched to pellets yet afraid they would stop laying so i have heard from others that have done it.
     
  2. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    Mine too used to LOVE flicking the crumbles all over the ground...although you haven't switched to pellets, you might give it a try. Once I switched to the pellets, there was less wasted feed. One thing that I did before I switched was to put up pieces of wood (their feeder was made of wood) across the opening where the feed comes out to keep them from being able to flick their head from side to side
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    I feed pellets for less waste, but you have to gradually mix them in with the crumbles. Make sure your feeders are hung high enough, so they can't scratch in them.
     
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Cut back on the feed..


    Chris
     
  5. Lotsapaints

    Lotsapaints Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made those PVC feeders what a difference in waste and I don't need to feed them as often it's working out great
     
  6. kakayona

    kakayona Out Of The Brooder

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    I made those PVC feeders what a difference in waste and I don't need to feed them as often it's working out great

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  7. Tunastopper

    Tunastopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed in a baby swimming pool. Nothing is wasted. They can scratch in it all they want.
     
  8. Dragonfly Ranch

    Dragonfly Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We were having the same problem. We resolved by buying a $2.95 pan at WalMart that you would use for changing the oil in your car. The feeder fits down in it perfectly and the lip is just high enough to catch the food they flick out. When they have flicked out enough that you can't see the edge of the feeder anymore you just pour it back into the feeder with the handy pouring spout that is made in the pan itself.
     
  9. Lotsapaints

    Lotsapaints Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2010
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    type in the search box PVC feeder there are many threads with lots of pictures
     
  10. Finn's Mom

    Finn's Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Going to get some tomorrow . . .
     

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