Feeder problem

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by henney, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. henney

    henney Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just bought a big size Galvaniced feeder with cover to hang in the Hen House. I notice the crumbles don't drop down when it's empty, I have to push the food down manually every am and pm daily. Does anyone else have this problem?
     
  2. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    sounds like the feed is too light and too moist,or either, or both,,, do you have this big feeder for chicks?
     
  3. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    yea sounds like a moisture problem.. Crumbles and pellets are some of the best feeds for large feeders. Mash is more likely not to flow down.
     
  4. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

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    Quote:Might be a gravity thing. It might only work best when filled at least halfway. My DBF made a wooden feeder for my chickens and the crumbles didn't flow well either. He had to change the angle of the triangle thingy which then allowed it to flow better. If you don't have a triangle thingy (and pardon my wood working ignorance) maybe you could make one and secure it to the base in the middle to help the flow.
     
  5. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could you post a picture of the feeder.Some of those metal feeder tubes can be turned over depending on the pitch.If it is that kind you'll see the holes marked with a punch mark. Will
     
  6. henney

    henney Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls are pullets, 19 wks old. I just bought the bag of layer crumbles. I also had problem with grower crumbles in this feeder. I looked to see if I could set the tube higher so the feed would fill the bottom easier but would be hard to do. Does anyone else use a galvanized tube feeder?
     
  7. doubleostud

    doubleostud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just an old trick I picked up but you can spray alittle pam on the inside of the feeder and it will make the feed fall easier
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I do, but mine has the holes to raise the tube higher or lower. I had the same problem with the crumbles and kept a long stick handy to break up the pile that would form in the center.
    Now my girls are on layer pellets and no more problem.
     
  9. henney

    henney Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for all your suggestions. I think I know the problem. When the girls eat the crumbles they grind it up and dust forms on the bottom of the feeder well, this stops the crumbles from dropping down. I'm going to try pellets maybe it won't form a dust on the bottom.
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Don't be surprised if they turn up their noses at the pellets at first. Mine didn't, but I've read lots of others have. They won't starve themselves and will eat the pellets just fine after they get used to them. Much MUCH less waste with the pellets too.
     

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