Free choice or not

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by junkman56, Aug 14, 2019 at 6:52 AM.

  1. Hello all,
    I would like to know how you all feed your chickens. I have a large tote with 8 ports around it, I take it out of the coop at night, and return it in the morning, ( free choice ) . My problem is mice, I dont know if I should feed them in the morning before I let them out to free range, or continue to let them eat when they want to. So I would like to know your thoughts, and see some pictures of your feeders.
    Thank you in advance.
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  2. TooCheep

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    A couple of suggestions:
    1- I think you should suspend your feeder off the ground rather than on top of blocks. If that plastic tub isn't strong enough for that, then also have a smaller block of bricks underneath that the mice can't use to climb to the holes. You wouldn't have the hassle of moving the feeder twice/day.
    2- If the problem is more about pellets being pulled out and scattered into the litter attracting mice, then attach a small plastic shield to cover the lower ~1/4 of each opening. That will keep the chickens from scattering pellets.
     
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  3. Thank you... good pointers
     
  4. Steven Bussell

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    Plus could you use caps to cover your pipes. Sure would make life easier for you
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Are the mice going into the feeder during the day....or....?
     
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  6. I see them scampering in the evening when I go out to remove the feeder, so I'm thinking they are there during the day also, but I cant be sure. That's why I started removing the feed st night.
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I'd start trapping pronto.
    Set up snap traps under a milk crate where the chooks can't get at them.
     
  8. I see the chickens every now and then catching a mice
     
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  9. townchicks

    townchicks Free Ranging

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    I free feed mine. We have rats, but they only come out at night, so putting the food away at night is easy. I only have a few chickens, so they just eat out of a dog bowl, and I have a metal canister that the bowl fits in nicely, for night.
     
  10. aart

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    That's good!
    But I'd still set traps.....I've left traps set all over for 20 years, am more vigilant when I see 'sign'.
     
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