hanging water and food feeders?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by red123, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. red123

    red123 Hatching

    Feb 1, 2012
    i cant seem to find an answer in other sections so ill just ask. in looking at different coop designs(which so many of you have amazing coops) ive noticed some of you have your water and food feeders hanging where its slightly off the ground. i was just wondering why? is there pro's/con's for this. thanks
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    It keeps them from kicking bedding into the water, and scratching food out of the feeder :)
  3. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I hang mine to keep them from getting dirty. [​IMG]
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I generally hang my feeders but raise my waterers to get them up where the chickens do not scratch things in them and make a mess. It depends on the kind of waterer you have, but I generally don't hang waterers to help keep them from spilling it by getting it swinging. I use a home-made vacuum type where air pressure holds the water in the reservoir. If it does not stay level, I can lose that water in the reservoir real quickly. Feed does not spill like that for me.

    I think it is fun looking at the different types of coops, nest boxes, and feeders and waterers we have. I'm impressed at how some people can combine a real imagination with practicality and make it work.
  5. dorkings

    dorkings In the Brooder

    Jul 21, 2011
    New Hampshire
    I too love my feed and water hanging, I would never put it on the floor again.
  6. Oneacre Homestead

    Oneacre Homestead Chirping

    May 25, 2011
    Does anyone know if the hanging feeder stop mice from eating the food?
  7. bigspringshatchery

    bigspringshatchery Songster

    Jun 26, 2010
    Roanoke Alabama
    Do you have any problems with the handles with the water? I was thinking about hanging my 5 gal but was worried that 5 gallons of water would weight to much and might break or crack the handle.

  8. SportChick

    SportChick Songster

    Mar 7, 2010
    I hang the food because the hens make much less mess when it hangs. I purchased a special bucket with 3 small dispensers on the bottom that the can peck at to get water. They loved it for about a year and it was great because I could fill it with fresh water once or twice a week and the lid kept it clean. Now the hens strongly prefer a dog bowl that I have to fill every day and pretend they never knew how to use the other one. I guess they aren't really very smart. Maybe they did forget [​IMG]. I don't like the dog bowl method nearly as much as they do!!!
  9. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    I love the hanging feeders. The water is another thing altogether. I had one that did not let the water down into the pan one day. Needless to say if I had not checked it midday in the summer they would have been in trouble. I since just raise a bucket up slightly and the water is always available. In the winter I set it on a warmer made with a cookie container. I learned to use a tiny bulb. It does not make the water warm but keeps it just unfrozen. Good luck with yours. Oh, mice and rats can jump even to hanging containers. They also can climb down the ropes. I built a shoe box style catcher box with a trap in it. The top lifts to remove the critters. But it keeps the chickens out. No problem for a long time now. ?? I could have had help from the feral cats that keeps coming around, too. Gloria Jean
  10. Dutch552

    Dutch552 Chirping

    Jul 12, 2011
    Hart County, KY
    I hang both to minimize spillage on the floor. The bedding stays drier and cleaner. For the 3.5 gallon fount, I sit it on a cinder block and then run a chain from the handle to the rafter to keep anyone from getting on top of it and pooping in the water.

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