I have 5 healthy 9 week old pullets. One of them has a cross-beak who can eat great now but most likely will need a deep trough to continue to do well. I also am going to start them on a locally sourced organic mash which doesn't come in pellets or crumbles. The issue is that my hanging feeder (plastic Little Giant 11 lb) doesn't seem to work well with the chick starter crumbles they are getting now (I currently top off the tray in the AM) and I highly doubt using mash will be any better--if not worse. It just doesn't fill the tray enough for her if she has to shovel food into her beak as it has been getting progressively worse. I also need the feeder to be able to hold more than a days worth of food as we take 4 vacations a year and the housesitter would prefer to feed them every other day if possible. The metal troughs you can buy everywhere are not as wide or deep as the Dura Trough and they also have sharp edges which I do not like. These are PETS that will "donate" eggs so culling is not an option unless she cannot eat on her own. Please check links and offer your opinion! Little Giant hanging feeder: http://www.scruggsfarm.com/ZoomImage.aspx?productID=330PHF11 Dura feed Trough: http://www.strombergschickens.com/products/feeders_trough.php So my questions are: 1. Do you have either of these feeders? 2. If so, do you like them? 3. Do you feed mash? 4. Any thoughts on either type? 5. Any ideas for a good feeder? Thanks in advance for your opinions!