feeders what type?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by homecatmom, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. homecatmom

    homecatmom Songster

    I currently have a plastic feeder jar type that gets filled up and the top (actually the bottom) gets slid on and all gets flipped over. The food has a space to come under the lip and fill the outer areas where there are holes for the birds heads to go in and eat. I do not like this feeder and the birds don't seem to either. What do you all use to feed? I could go get a heavy crock dog-type bowl that they couldn't turn over. Or, should I build a box with holes and a hinged lid for filling? I'm not sure.
  2. ctjim

    ctjim Songster

    Jun 9, 2007
    i have a plastic hanging feeder from tsc and used some yellow peanut rope to hang it from the rafters. seems to work much better than the box feeder i had b4 they kept knocking it over and wasting the food. my birds are free range so they don't really eat much grain although i give them some each morning now, i think once winter sets in they will eat more grain.
  3. schmoo

    schmoo Songster

    May 7, 2007
    West MI.
    Quote:if I remember right someone on here solved the lid problem by using and or attaching a pie tin on top somehow??
  4. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Songster

    Aug 18, 2007
    Southeast Texas
    Through trial and error we found that a hanging feeder with a small lip on the outer edge turned in kept them from "billing" feed out. Miller makes one. Also at wally world in the auto dept there is a round black plastic pan used for oil changes that will fit perfectly under the feeder and catch any feed thrown out.( the feeder sits inside it) Also you can place a block under a feeder to raise it to the height of the chicks backs and that helps also, if you cant hang it.
  5. karmical

    karmical Songster

    Aug 3, 2007
    Honeoye Falls, NY
    I started out with a metal hanging feeder, but found the crumbles turned to powder really quickly. Plus, it took up space in the coop that could otherwise be a nice open area. Now I've got metal feeders that attach to the wall...works much better for my birds and my set up.


    There's a nice lip that curves inward and helps keep the feed from getting billed out.

    And they look so cute all lined up at the feed "trough"!
  6. Quote:if I remember right someone on here solved the lid problem by using and or attaching a pie tin on top somehow??

    Fantastic. And w/ Thanxgvg coming up I should have a gang of pie tins to choose from. Thanx much!
  7. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    THANKS for posting the links Karmical - I think I like the looks of this one in the middle
    Plastic Feed/Water Trough order #FT6030
    http://www.strombergschickens.com/produ … trough.php

    Look at the long plastic feeders I screwed to 3 of my pens "I wish I could find more they work the best of any feeders I have. NO WASTE and they do not take up floor space. I have silkies.
    I have wondered if the plastic gutters would work good for the bigger breeds.


  8. Matt Berry

    Matt Berry In the Brooder

    Jun 1, 2007
    SE Michigan
  9. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    i use a 100lb poly feeder.an i set it up on a pallet.to keep the dirt out of the feeder.

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