Feeder Chicks cant Knock Feed Out Of

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ParadiseChickens, May 9, 2011.

  1. ParadiseChickens

    ParadiseChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need some help please. I have searched this board but find too many different answers to zero in on to know what to do. Currently my 8 week old chicks are in an old 100 gallon stock tank and we are rapidly trying to finish their coop since they are getting so large. They do have a small wire run that I put them in during the day. My problem is that I have one of those TSC standard plastic feeders (red bottom, white top). They scatter feed out of that something awful. I fear that once our coop with a slightly larger and more permanent run is finished, rats or mice will just love the fact that they scatter all this feed. Not to mention how expensive and wasteful. Please advise any help with a type of feeder they cant knock feed out of. Thank you so much.
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Well, I really don't know of any other types of feeders, except those long, feeders that they can eat from. I believe TSC carries them too. If you want to use what you've got, I would recommend just either hanging the feeders, or placing the feeder up on bricks or a crate that brings the feeder up level with the chicken's heads. That way, they can't get their feed into the feeders and scratch out the feed.

    My first year, I had the chicken food outside in the run and that was a terrible mistake. They spilled it and then it got wet and rotten, so I was constantly scraping up a nasty, stinky layer of chicken feed. YUCK.

    So, I keep the food inside the coop, and it's elevated on a crate, and then I keep the water outside in the attached run.

    Also, once they become adult chickens, I switched to pellets instead of crumbles and there was alot less waste. It's not as easy for them to fling around with their beaks......

    Hope this helps,

    Sharon
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    That's the kind I use, well, one of them. Works fine. Just hang it at the level of their "shoulders" or set it on something so it is that high.
     
  4. chickmanna

    chickmanna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the feeder up off the ground? I find it helps a lot if the feed is approx. at the height of the chick(ens) backs.
     
  5. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    TN_BIRD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Besides raising the feeder or getting one with a protective lid, another option might be to put a catch pan underneath the feeder so they can eat the feed off the ground.
     
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    The only thing that helped me was a bowl in a bowl. Then for older chickens, I have always used commodes bought on ebay (cheap, chipped or cracked) and fill it half way. Never had any spilt feed on the ground. They can be called chamber pot as well. I've used them for 4 years now with no complaint.
     
  8. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Quote:haha when you said commode, I thought you meant a porcelain goddess (as in, you worship one when very ill). Then you said Chamber Pot and I was like.. WHEW lol! I don't think I could stand watching my chickens eat out of the same type of thing I put my... waste... into.
     

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