feeder getting wet

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Florida_girl, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. Florida_girl

    Florida_girl Out Of The Brooder

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    Everytime it rains I have to replace all the food in the feeder cause it gets wet. I need ideas on how to keep the feeder dry. the feeder is hanging in the run, the run does have a wood cover/top on it.
    Anyone have pictures or ideas for me?
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If you have the hanging style feeders you can get the deflectors that go over the top. It is not a lid, it keeps chickens off the rim and they can't poop in the food but it also keeps other things out. If that doesn't help you should move all of the feed inside the hen house.
     
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, I agree with the option to place the feeder inside the coop. It allows the flock to feed during bad weather, wether it is windy, or raining or whatever, when the flock would rather be inside. They will stay inside and starve before they go out in terrible weather. Mine would anyway. [​IMG]

    bigzio
     
  4. Florida_girl

    Florida_girl Out Of The Brooder

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    My coop is small. click on my website and you can see the chicken coop/pen in the back by the fence. I can try to fit it in there. My hens still want out in wet weather then they run to hide under the slide.
     
  5. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I you extended their run to include the space under your coop you could just hang them under there. That's were I hang mine in several of my runs.
     
  6. Florida_girl

    Florida_girl Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:If I were to hang the food under where the coop is.. would I put up some wood around the sides so the rain won't come in the sides. or use plastic ... probably plywood would work better?
     
  7. s6bee

    s6bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    How many hens do you have? I have a tractor and we saw a feeder made out of PVC piping. I'll try and attach a photo of the one we made. We only have 5 hens and they go through it in 2 days. We live up North so I expect that when the snow leaves they won't eat as much.

    The feeder in the photo we used a 2" diameter pipe, we bumped it up recently to a 4" pipe ( and approx. 2 ft. high ) which gives them 2 days of feed.
    It takes up no space at all. I fill it with a gallon sz. pitcher or you can get a funnel to prevent spilling.

    Steph

    http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh17/s6bee/PVCchickenfeeder.jpg
     
  8. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    Quote:If I were to hang the food under where the coop is.. would I put up some wood around the sides so the rain won't come in the sides. or use plastic ... probably plywood would work better?

    You could use wood on the sides to make a barrier so the rain can't get in. Plus you could make a door out of one so you don't have to go inside run to fill feeder but do it from the outside of the coop. I have hardware cloth around mine and they hang under it but with in easy reach.
     
  9. sheps4her

    sheps4her Chillin' With My Peeps

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    s6bee , that is a great Idea! I have been racking my brain trying to come up with something for my small coop and I think this would work well. Thanks for the idea! [​IMG]
     
  10. s6bee

    s6bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    Quote:Let me know how yours works out. I love it. Seems to work very well, and there is not a lot of feed loss.

    Steph
     

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