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Free choice feed or rationed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DreamsInPink, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    There are so many contradicting opinions. I like the idea of this feeder, to save feed. The option of filling a 5 gal bucket with feed and not having to worry about it for a while is nice. But many have said not to leave feed available all the time due to it attracting mice and rats. I'm 90% sure we are going to be feeding inside the coop, as it is going to be much more secure than the run, at least in the beginning. But there have been those that said that is not a good idea... that I'll end up with rodents inside the coop. So I don't know. Too many variables. :/
  2. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I'd suggest going with what you think will work best for you. If it doesn't work out as well as you'd hoped, then try another approach.

    All the best
  3. gizzyntaz

    gizzyntaz Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 25, 2015
    We do free choice in the run. No rodents. Everything is predator and pest-proof.
  4. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks CT :D

    Is your run predator/pest proof? Mine will not be.. at first.
  5. gizzyntaz

    gizzyntaz Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 25, 2015
    Yes, it is. If your coop is predator/pest proof you could feed them in there. If you think they are eAting too much you could ration
  6. alabamalilac

    alabamalilac Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 3, 2016
    I've seen chickens go after mice and then eat them. So not sure about a rodent problem in the coop. We keep ours in the coop, free choice with no problems.
  7. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well the coop is going to be very secure. And that's what I was planning on doing.. feeding them in there... but I got some 'talking to' over that choice. That I'd be inviting vermin into the coop. Rats mainly. I don't know the extent to which rats are capable of going to get into a secure wooden coop.
  8. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've heard that!! I'm not so worried about mice.. I don't see them chewing through deck planks but I was told rats will. I don't know. :(
  9. Soylent Chick

    Soylent Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2015
    I keep the feeder out in the covered run. It's a typical store-bought, galvanized steel feeder. The birds do spill some on the ground but they'll still eat it. No predator/pest issues.
  10. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you for that! Is your run really predator proof?

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