Duck Troughs: good idea?

only4cake

In the Brooder
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Jun 27, 2009
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okay so i was thinking about purchaseing some large chicken feeders and waterers for my ducks (you know the kind the are plastic and look like flipped over jars with a big lids on the botton) BUT, they are expensive, would it be better if i just built a watering and feeding trough instead???
 

Mojo Chick'n

Empress of Chickenville
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Mar 8, 2008
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Yep, rubber feed dishes, here, too. I usually set out two or three, so the big ones don't bully the little ones out of the food.

Only problem I have with the rubber feed dishes is that during the day when the chickens are out, they go into the duck pen and "scratch" in the dishes and tip them over. I've begun to just feed the ducks in the evening, and put a little token amount in one dish in the morning just in case someone believes that they are dying from starvation
(It happens, usually with my Pilgrim Goose, Ethel - that girl loves her food).

I have tried the trench feeder, btw - had some made out of wood. They much prefer the rubber dishes - added bonus is the rubber dishes can be washed out more easily. Wood, if it gets wet will take longer to dry and can hold bacteria more easily than the rubber.

meri
 

thedoors5to1

Songster
10 Years
Jun 12, 2009
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Mojo Chick'n :

I have tried the trench feeder, btw - had some made out of wood. They much prefer the rubber dishes - added bonus is the rubber dishes can be washed out more easily. Wood, if it gets wet will take longer to dry and can hold bacteria more easily than the rubber.

meri

i completely agree with meri, rubber or some form of plastic is best, i just use this giant flexible horse feed rubber dish.
mold and mildew and possibly then disease can occur with wood, so i'd steer clear of them unless you want to do more cleaning than neccessary.
good luck​
 
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