Feeding my adult OE Bantams

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jerryf, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. jerryf

    jerryf Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got a fancy group of OE bantams, Brassy Backs and Brown Reds,
    I filled a small jar with a red holed base with meat bird crumbles....21% protein..so feed is available 24/7. In 12 hours they had scattered the crumbles all over the coop. Didn't tip over the jar, just from pecking at the crumbles What is the best feeder to use?
    Should I hand feed twice a day in a small crock bowl?
    Thanks
    Jerry

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  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Raise the feeder up on something, a concrete block, a brick, what-have-you. You want the basin of the feeder to be just about the height of the smallest birds back. Ideally you want them to have to reach up just a bit to get a bite. Same goes for their waterer.

    Feeding in a bowl would be twice the mess, twice the waste, IMO.

    I should mention that I don't have OEBs. Smallest I have is silkies, but a chicken is still a chicken; even if they so cute and tiny they look like they should be sitting on the mantle and made of porcelain. [​IMG]
     
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  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a reguar feeder, but set it inside a plastic plant saucer to catch what they bill out:

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    Beautiful birds, by the way! Mine are mostly OEGB crossbreeds (mixed with Serama). I feed mine regular layer crumbles to be sure they get enough calcium and not too much protein.
     

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