feeders over roosts

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cluckin tractor, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. cluckin tractor

    cluckin tractor Chillin' With My Peeps

    i want to get my litter thicker for a deep litter style system
    i can do it at the moment but i get fustrated pulling straw and stuff out of feeders/waters
    can i put the feeders up where their roosts are and design it so they can poop
    they will hang so it is to wobboly for them to roost on

    should i try something else so i cant get soioled food, water
     
  2. pimachickens

    pimachickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have my water and feeder hanging. I think it has been fantastic in helping to keep the water clean and eliminate waste of the food. What I did was screw hooks into the ceiling so I could hang mine from chains. They are about chest level with the chickens when they are standing on the floor of the coop. They are on the other side of the coop from the roosts, so that poop won't drop into them, and because they swing, they don't try to jump or sit on them.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I hang mine from the rafters with baling twine. Not at roost height, low enough they can eat from the ground but too high for them to scratch in or throw bedding in. If I don't have a rafter (cause I always have baling twine lol) I just elevate the feeder or waterer on bricks, scrap lumber, etc.
     
  4. cluckin tractor

    cluckin tractor Chillin' With My Peeps

    im going to refurbish the inside of my chook coop and re build the roosts.
    when thats done i am going to make it that they have to go to the roosts to feed thus elimiating the rodents that some how get into my hanging feeders

    thanks for the info
     
  5. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    I also hang my feeders from the rafters with chain, my feeders hold 40 or lbs each. I set my waterers on cinder blocks to keep straw out of it. This works great for me!

    -Nate
     
  6. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have exactly the same setup.
     
  7. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I do the same and this works really well, but another factor to consider is the roof/top of the waterer. Mine is flat and the girls DO get on top which allows them to poop in the water. If you can, place a cone/funnel shaped top with a bit of overhang to cover the drinking lip. This prevents A) the chickens from roosting on top of the waterer and B) any poop from dropping in the water IF they do poop. Hope this helps!
     
  8. cluckin tractor

    cluckin tractor Chillin' With My Peeps

    to make a cone thing just get a plastic bottle of the right size and cut it off below the neck
    thanks every one
     
  9. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    Quote:I do the same and this works really well, but another factor to consider is the roof/top of the waterer. Mine is flat and the girls DO get on top which allows them to poop in the water. If you can, place a cone/funnel shaped top with a bit of overhang to cover the drinking lip. This prevents A) the chickens from roosting on top of the waterer and B) any poop from dropping in the water IF they do poop. Hope this helps!

    I have a old cone I made of hard wear cloth. This works well for me!
     

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