Food sticks in feeder

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by arcatamarcia, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. arcatamarcia

    arcatamarcia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm feeding my chickens layer crumble in a bucket type feeder with a small plate at the bottom. I've hung it chicken back height so there's little waste. But the food won't drop down into the little plate. It gets stuck. Unless I go in every day and push it down into the tray, they would not be able to get at the food after they eat what's in the tray. I'm concerned that I should do this multiple times each day.

    I'm not filling the bucket because I worried about the food getting stale. Could that be the issue?

    What am I doing wrong?
     
  2. loverOFchickens

    loverOFchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it absorbing moisture somewhere along the way? That would be my best guess.
     
  3. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:You can make a cone out of heavy cardboard (plastic is better) a couple of inches less in diameter than the bucket. Place inside the bucket and fill with feed. If you have a moisture problem, sprinkle a little DE in with the feed.
     
  4. Tenmore

    Tenmore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine did the same thing the crumble compacts to much and wont move on its own I had to go and twist and shake the feeder aswell> pellets work great!
     
  5. arcatamarcia

    arcatamarcia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The food is dry, but it is humid where I live, so that could be part of the problem. When I'm done with this bag of crumbles I'll switch to pellets. That sounds like it could be the solution. Thanks.
     
  6. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same issue - thanks for asking...
     
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:Be sure you make the transition slowly, chickens are visual eaters and will refuse to eat new things for a while.
     

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