Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mother of All, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. Mother of All

    Mother of All Songster

    May 3, 2010
    How many of you use feeders ver the old way of just throwing feed on the ground. It seems to me that the girls would keep busy if their feed was out on the ground.
  2. Bantimna

    Bantimna Songster

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    I don't currently keep any chickens. [​IMG]

    When you put feed out in feeders it prevents less mess, and pests are not attracted to the source versus feed which in on the ground.
    Feed that is at ground level is prone to ants being attracted, and not all the feed being eaten. I perfer feeders to ground feed, but then again it's your own choice.
  3. Whitewater

    Whitewater Songster

    Jan 18, 2010
    Well, we have ants, a lot of ants, close enough to the chicken's run/coop that putting their feed on the ground isn't an option. Immediately when the pullets get here, their run will be ground and weeds with their feeder up on a cinder block, when they finish the weeds, we're going to put down a few inches of sand, and then put their feeder back up on the block, on the sand.

    It will be a determined ant to get though all of that!

    We also have opportunistic mice in the garage who, last summer, broke into our grass seed (silly us, we just left it in its plastic bag) and ate it ALL over that fall/winter, so we want to try to keep them from noticing the chicken's feed, again, feed in a feeder up on a block. Unused feed will reside in in its bag, in a sturdy aluminum trash can with a lid, in the garage. Worked well for the horses when I was a kid, I see no reason why it wouldn't work for chicken feed now.

    Anti-vermin precautions are a big thing with the Animal Control officers who come to inspect my city's urban chicken set-ups, both initially and then once a year to renew the permit we all have to have.

    Because anti-vermin is such a big huge hairy deal, we won't be sprinkling anything that's attractive to mice, ants, rabbits, wasps, squirrels, etc on the ground anywhere near the chickens unless we can be assured that the chickens will eat it or otherwise get rid of it before anything else notices!

    Other situations are different, of course, but that's where we're at and what we have to do. So that's our reason for not just sprinkling stuff on the ground.

  4. enggass

    enggass Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    Mid-Coast Maine
    Wouldn't the birds eat the ants?
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Wouldn't the birds eat the ants


    They may eat a few.
    Ants will feed 24 hours a day, while chickens feed only during daylight.
    Also, feed on the ground will mold more readily

    If feeders weren't the best way, no one would use them​

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