Help! I need some suggestions on how to stop my hens from spilling so much feed.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DianaMallory, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. DianaMallory

    DianaMallory Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2012
    Lancaster Ohio
    I filled the 12 pound feeder up yesterday and walked in to this today.

    You can see the shavings pushed up to the back wall and that is feed all over the floor.



    I have tried to hang it higher and that didn't work.
    This is what is left in the feeder after being full yesterday.

    So tired of the waist! Does anyone have any suggestions?
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Flock Master

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    There are 2 solutions for your problem. First ;; just feed them daily the amount they will consume. Second. get a different feeder called a 5 gallon pail with a PVC elbow. You can find instructions on how to make one on thread related to feeders and waterers. Your feeder allows chickens to throw out too much feed.

  3. DianaMallory

    DianaMallory Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2012
    Lancaster Ohio
    thank you I don't want to carry feed out everyday so I think I will look into the other feeder.
  4. Naser

    Naser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2014
    Feed them pellets only, for mash and similar feeds they spread it all over the place looking for the delicious bits.
    Never alter the pellets in anyway. like adding water and oil or anything. they will start looking for the more delicious pellets.
    change your feeders as suggested above
  5. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2013
    Eastern WA
    You could also wait a day or two AFTER the feeder is completely empty before refilling and they will clean up the feed they wasted. Hunger is a strong motivator.

    But the wasted feed will also draw rodents, which is not ideal as their droppings can carry diseases (which the chickens will likely invariably consume eating feed off the ground).

    A different feeder will make a big difference, like the one cavemanrich suggested.

    We use a treadle feeder (feeder opens up when a chicken steps on the platform, keeps out rodents) with an insert with holes to keep them from billing the feed out:

    Last edited: Mar 31, 2015
  6. marcoseitz

    marcoseitz New Egg

    Mar 31, 2015
    Northeast Oklahoma
    we used a couple feet of 6 inch PVC Put an elbow on it and drilled out several holes big enough for the chickens to get their heads into. We fill at the elbow and angle it up a bit so the feed runs to the far edges and we have virtually no spillage.Just needs to be long enough and with enough holes for most of your chickens to get a spot at the buffet at the same time. sorry no pics I am relatively new to the site and haven't uploaded any yet......
  7. RonP

    RonP Overrun With Chickens

    Do a search on chicken feeders.

    There are many great ideas out there that discourage waste.
  8. Taylorscoop2014

    Taylorscoop2014 New Egg

    Sep 21, 2014
    I have 70 hens, I gave bread and food scrap cook in warm water when I have some, first thing in the morning,they almost jump in the backet they love it so much,then I feed them scratch grain and corn,every other day I feed them later in the morning then usually so they get to clean out the dry spill they have made all over,for some raison they do not like the corn unless I feed them late on purpose,then they eat it clean.
  9. petalumapaul

    petalumapaul Out Of The Brooder

    I have the same problem.

    I stopped adding sunflower seeds to my pellets, because the fling the pellets all over hunting for the sunflower seeds.
    Just plain pellets from now on.

    I'm also building a plastic bucket feeder this weekend.
    Food spillage will lead to rats or mice, I know from experience.
  10. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    As already mentioned, a different feeder will help immensely. There are many different 'no waste' styles that you can employ, just a matter of deciding which is right for you. Really liking the look of the one pdirt posted, but the bucket style mentioned by cavemanrich is also quite popular and quite an easy DIY project.

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