DIY rodent proof/automatic feeders with toggle?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Frank Hyman, May 5, 2016.

  1. Frank Hyman

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    I like the DIY rodent proof automatic feeder in this video. Anyone have experience with one of these? Any tricks to getting your chickens to learn to tap the toggle to get their food? Thanks for any tips!
     
  2. Quail-man

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    I know this thread is over a year old now, but it may help someone. I use them and my hens only tap the food they need, the rest stays inside and dry. It also keeps food out of vermin's way.
    It's easy to learn the hens to tap at the toggle, you just tape live mealworms to the toggle with clear sellotape and before you know it, they've mastered it. You only need one hen to pick it up and the rest will follow. Always observe them well until you are actually sure they can find the food. It's quite easy really, though you always get the odd hen that's not the brightest and takes a little longer to pick it up.
     

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