hanging feeders and waterers

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by tri-5-ron, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. tri-5-ron

    tri-5-ron Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2010
    Orange County
    I've seen so many recomendations for hanging the feeders and/or waterers off the ground, on a chain or rope etc.
    The reason always seems to keep the chickens from pooping in it.
    OK, I understand that.

    what I dont understand is,
    Why is hanging it from the ceiling better than placing it up on a pedestal, stand, blocks, etc. ???

    it would still be off the ground, and out of pooping range, so why is it that everyone recommends "Hanging", as opposed to just "Off the Ground level" ???
  2. Backyard_Chicken_rancher

    Backyard_Chicken_rancher Chillin' With My Peeps

    1. so that they can't get into a fight and knock them over and spill food/water everywhere.
    2. so they can't roost or poop in/on the food/water container.
    I hope this helps you out in understanding why.

    Good luck to you
  3. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    Hanging them assures they remain level--even if hit by a chicken--and therefore fill properly. This is especially helpful for waters. [​IMG]
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I set mine up on a cinder block, but they knocked it over twice. Now it hangs on a chain from the ceiling rafter.

    My water buckets are on the ground, but attached to the wall so that they can't tip either.
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    All of the above and in the case of tractors it means I don't have to take them out before I can move the thing.

  6. Bat Cave Silkies

    Bat Cave Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2010
    Bat Cave, NC
    Also, if they're hanging, less chance vermin will get into the feed. If its sitting on something, the mice will just climb on up...
  7. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    I have some hanging on the outside and on blocks inside the coop. The ones outside stay a lot cleaner ~ the ones inside get wood chips in them even though they are raised.

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