galvanized feeders vs. plastic feeder

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Anny, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    If your opinion which is better and why?

    I have heard very good things about the galvanized feeders, my only worry is that in the winter time here in Michigan, the metal will be so cold.

    I'm a little afraid that over time the plastic ones will become harder to clean, and maybe even become chews up. Does this happen?

    I want a hanging feeder I believe since they seem to be the cleanest, but perhaps I should make a gravity feeder (like the PVC pipes one or something)

    What do you guys thing? which feeders have you lived, which have you hated?
  2. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    i like the metal hanging feeder with the lid on top, it is most durable. For a waterer tho i like plastic, the metal rusts to easy, but you have to be careful if you get a water warmer, you have to get a khul.
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I use galvanized waters and feeders. The galvanized waterers do not crack if they freeze in winter and there is not special seal to keep them from leaking.

    I use galvanized hanging feeders. I keep full feeders at all times. With a metal feeder I don't have to worry about stress breakage from the weight of 25 lbs of feed hanging from the rafters.

    For chicks I have some metal waters and feeders as well as plastic.

    If I have to treat with ACV I use the plastic ones because of leeching and oxidizing of the metal ones.

    I prefer the metal over the plastic for most uses.
  4. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    Quote:What is a Khul?
  5. Lee

    Lee Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Marion County, IN
    I bought the Little Giant 12 pound galvanized feeder along with the lid that balances on the handle when hanging. But I found that the lid from an ice cream bucket will fit right over the top of the feeder. Works for me.
  6. I have to admit, I picked metal due to environmental issues. Plastic bad. Metal good. We live in Maine and our feed store and local chick owners recommended putting a heater under the waterers to keep them from icing up.

    I know some people will call me a tree hugger, and maybe I am, but we all truly do need to do our part protecting this planet.

    Green idea for the day.[​IMG]
  7. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Where I you, Id prefer the metal ones due to the climate.
  8. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    khul is just a brand, and if you need a water warmer to keep the water from freezing, get a khul brand, even if you have to pay shipping. The ones at tsc (little giant) will melt a plastic waterer and burn down your coop, and only the electrical is covered, not the heat element, the khul just keeps the water at like 40 degrees instead of 220, and the whole bottom is covered.

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