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Feeders or sprinkling feed on ground?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Maryallison77, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. Maryallison77

    Maryallison77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So just a quick question. Which is better, Keeping the chicken feed in container or sprinkling it on the ground? So far I have had it on the ground, but I do like the idea of a feeder too. I do have about 20 hens now. The oldest being 3 1/2 months old and the youngest (not living with the big girls yet) about 5 weeks old. [​IMG]
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    The only feed I feed on the ground is the little bit of scratch grain I toss out for them everyday. Everything else goes in feeders.
     
  3. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    If you sprinkle feed on the ground, a lot of it gets wasted. The chickens won't eat it if it sits on the ground and gets a little dirty. They're so picky! [​IMG]
     
  4. Maryallison77

    Maryallison77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the help. Still not 100% sure what I am gonna do with the girls....
     
  5. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    respectfully disagree. The "here, chicky-chicky' method of grain scattering is both time honored and fun. Kids like to do it. We always have food in two black combat-tough rubber bowls, but I scatter it like crazy too.

    Whatever works. Chickens survive on garbage in poorer lands than ours, and survive in style. So you can do what works for you, though garbage isnt likely the best choice! They'll be okay any old way.
     
  6. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    It is best to put the feed in a hanging feeder. Then to sprinkle the scratch grains on the ground.

    I have my feeder hanging, but during the morning and afternoon I take a handful of whole corn, sunflower seeds, and whole wheat and sprinkle it on the ground as a treat.
     
  7. Silkiemama

    Silkiemama Out Of The Brooder

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    Throwing some feed around is okay - gives your chickens something to do; but I would worry about pests (bugs who may be harmful, rats and mice) and predators who would also be attracted to the food if there were excess laying around on the ground all the time. We use a feeder and a "treat bowl"; both get taken out of the coop at night.
     
  8. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    I use two hanging feeders in the chicken house along with one waterer. Outside I use one hanging feeder with a weather proof shield and a 5 gallon waterer. This gives all the birds a chance to eat and drink without a dominant bird guarding everthing.
    Every morning and evening I hand feed scratch or scatter it on the ground in front of me for the chickens, guineas and one turkey. This is a highlight of my day!
    All of the birds come running to greet me every time they see me and mill around my feet. I get a good chance to look them over and study them up close to my heart's content.
    In over twenty years of off and on chicken ownership this method has always worked for me. I've never had a problem with the food attracting any unwanted pests other than our goat!
     
  9. Silkiemama

    Silkiemama Out Of The Brooder

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    Chicknfarmer - we have raccoons, mice, moles and mites all snooping around for spilled chicken feed and have already eliminated one rat... we need to be careful! Maybe not everyone has pests problems; lucky you! I just wanted to share my experiences with spreading food. I know it is fun to feed them by hand - we do this as well; but we try to make sure not too much left overs around to temp fate!
     
  10. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    Silkiemama,
    I'm sorry, I wasn't picking on your post. We, too, have raccoons, possums, etc.... they all prefer the cat and dog food, sigh. We have battles over that, but, life in the woods is worth it!
    My chickens NEVER leave a grain of scratch on the ground for more than a few seconds. Or a blade of grass, stray worm.... I've even seen them grab flies out of the air! It's kinda like the movie "Pirahna" if you can recall that, a feeding frenzy so to speak. Alright, it's not that bad, but when it comes to scratch they don't stop until it's ALL gone.
     

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