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Do you bring your hens' feed indoors each night?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by thecreekhouse, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. thecreekhouse

    thecreekhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Or do you leave it in the locked coop? I worry that the feeder with feed in it is a draw for
    Predators but maybe I'm just being too much of a worrier?
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    I pour all mine into metal trash cans which are located just outside the coop. Yes it could be a draw for predators but I would much rather have them eating my feed than my birds. And generally if it is tightly stored and not scattered everywhere it won't be very detectable anyways.
     
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2016
  3. JoeP

    JoeP Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree. However it's not only predators you might have to worry about if you leave out feed.
    You easily could be attracting rats to your coop/house as well. My suggestion is to pull any left over feed at the end of the day. Keep your eyes open for holes in the ground around your coop. That is a sign of rats.
     
  4. Big Bubba

    Big Bubba Out Of The Brooder

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    I've problems with rodents in the past. So, one of the things I do is feed them outside their coop. Bringing feed in at night is a necessity. Although, in my case, I have a treadle so I installed a lock on it so absolutely nothing can get in.

    The other thing is this; you'll end up with some of it on the ground. I think that is pretty hard to avoid. What I do is I made a shallow box with hardwood cover and put the treadle on top of it. So whatever is spilled goes into this box and nothing can get to it.
     

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