Recently, my family and I have decided to switch from manually feeding our chickens to leaving food out for them to eat in, say, a trough. I was wondering if anyone had any helpful ideas for the best way to do this. We have had a major problem with rats in the past, and don't want them to come back, so an open food source probably wouldn't be the best idea. I've seen other ways of feeding chickens with dispensers, but don't know if I have the time or money to make those. Any ideas would be helpful, and anyone else who's looking for suggestions, as well, is willing to wait with me in this thread.