Hanging Feeder Mess

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MissusC, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. MissusC

    MissusC Causaruckus Homestead

    My girls are about 9 months old and have been in the coop with the same Little Giant Hanging Feeder with the same layer pellets for about 6 of those months. Everything has been great up until about 2 weeks ago. All of a sudden they are getting pellets everywhere except in their beaks it seems. They are wasting so much food. I tried to "make" them eat it by not refilling their feeder one morning, thinking they would eat it off the run floor, no dice. What can I do to stop this?! Thanks!
     
  2. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,242
    208
    208
    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Is it at all possible something is wrong with the feed? moldy or bad or anything? Chickens are good at knowing that sort of thing. Just a thought.

    If that is the only food option and they are going without something seems off.
     
  3. MissusC

    MissusC Causaruckus Homestead

    I just got a new bag of feed and they are still doing it. it's not their only source of food, they free range most of the day eating everything in sight, which mostly means my garden. :/
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2013
  4. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,242
    208
    208
    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Ah. You might want to consider leaving them locked up the first half of the day if it works with your schedule. That way when they are the hungriest it is there only option. Otherwise they may just keep eating the yummier stuff. You could also try wetting it into a bit of a mash. I have never tried it but have heard about people doing that with pellets and birds that don't like them. Some people also ferment and say their chickens seem to like it more.
     
  5. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,724
    68
    191
    Apr 21, 2012
    North Texas
    We have the same Little Giant hanging feeders. -chickens were pecking and spilling the feed. -hubby constructed wooden trays to place underneath the feeders. The chickens consume any spilled feed by pecking it out of the tray, or via mash. I scoop the leftover "tray" feed up about mid morning and place it into small trough feeders, add water, and they gobble it up! (I repeat this again in the late afternoon. Most feed is cleared out before roosting time.) We do feed crumbles. -tried pellets, and the only way the hens would eat them is in mash form.
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    x2
     
  7. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    5,545
    224
    288
    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Have you raised the feeder higher to match their growth?
    They WILL eat what spills if you don't give them more

    Be patient, They won't starve if you don't refill it every day
     
  8. 3forfree

    3forfree Chillin' With My Peeps

    982
    22
    141
    Mar 17, 2010
    essexville, michigan
    I noticed with my birds that they would get real aggressive at feeding time as they grew. What I did was start using a bigger feeder. I went from a small coffee can sized hanging feeder to a 5 gal feeder and the messes stopped. The new feeder holds more feed so it's heavier and the birds don't swing the thing around like they used to, and I don't have to fill it as often. My new feeder is a 5 gallon pail with a plastic base from a planter screwed to the bottom. I drilled 1in holes around the bottom of the pail for the feed to flow out of. The base is a lot taller than the old one and holds a lot of feed and keeps it inside. With more feed available they aren't as aggressive as they used to be.
     
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2013
  9. Theegoliath

    Theegoliath Chillin' With My Peeps

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by