Feeding and watering for small flock

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kristip, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. kristip

    kristip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the process of setting up my small coop for roughly 6 hens. Coop is 8 x 4 and run is 8x 8.

    Looking at waterers and feeders out there. Are the plastic ones the easiest? I would guess the metal ones would get awfully cold for the birds in winter... or me for putting food in. Feeders hold 3, 11, 22 and 50 lbs of food. I plan to change it daily so what size do I need?

    Waterers are 3 or 5 gallons. I saw one that plugged in that was a 3 gallon for $35 which might be good in winter but is it big enough? Or one inside and one outside in winter?

    Any help would be appreciated!
     
  2. Karens62

    Karens62 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got a PVC feeder I made out of 3" PVC with the long upright piece being 2ft long with a curved bottom (do a search for PVC feeder). This feeder is lasting about 3-4 days with each fill up for 6 full grown hens. I also feed them a couple cups of kitchen scraps over the course of the day and am handful or two of scratch I the coop to get them to stir up the litter. They do free range, just an hour or two a day, but the feeder keeps them going for half a week which is nice for those days I am in a hurry.
     
  3. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Northern NV
    If your location gets below freezing I would go with the metal as the plastic might crack in the cold over time.
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I really didn't like the feeders and waterers. Took me about a week to throw them away and go with stainless steel bowls.
    Easy to grab, bring inside and wash out daily.

    Imp
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2010

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