Hen lays in the feeder - suggestions?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by deanawo, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. deanawo

    deanawo Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a hanging feeder sitting on bricks in the hen house. I love it b/c it holds several days worth of feed. No matter what kind of board, etc I have tried on top I have a hen that knocks it off and lays an egg in the feeder. I really don't want to hang it as it is hard to lift the feed bags up to fill it. Any ideas for something that will fit on the top?
     
  2. TyrannosaurusChix

    TyrannosaurusChix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a picture would probably help... i made my own auto feeders out of stove vent pipe and a galvanized tray. so the top is flat( no hangers as of right now. i tried mike crats but that encouraged them to perch there. i took it off and everyone leaves it alone now.

    what about a top to a pot? an old one you can drill holes in and somehow attach it.. ? hmm


    oh and i use 5 gallon buckets to transfer feed from my bins to the auto feeders.
     
  3. deanawo

    deanawo Out Of The Brooder

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    Its just a standard store bought round metal feeder sitting on a couple of bricks. I put an old lid in the hole but as the feed went down so did the lid so she laid on it. So it would have to attach somehow.
     
  4. turtlebird

    turtlebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a hanging feeder also. But I hang it from the ceiling of the coop. Is that an option for you? I cut a little hole in an old ice cream (gallon) lid for the hook of the feeder and laid it over the top of the feeder to keep the dust/dirt out. Works pretty good, but the feeder does hang.
     
  5. nitro3custom

    nitro3custom Out Of The Brooder

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    If the eggs aren't getting damaged I don't see any harm in it laying an egg on the top.
     
  6. sjh

    sjh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How about getting a feed scoop. Then you will not have to lift that bag so high.
     
  7. deanawo

    deanawo Out Of The Brooder

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    If I hang it will they still lay in there? I will keep working on a lid idea. I love ice cream I may have to go get a gallon & try the lid.
     
  8. Tomhusker

    Tomhusker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had an issue with mine roosting on the feeder. I took a piece of chicken wire and rolled it up and put it in the top of the feeder. Now they can't sit on the feeder and I can fill it with the wire in it. The feed works around the chicken wire.
     
  9. deanawo

    deanawo Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Oh I have a little piece right near the coop that would just fit, I will try it tomorrow. Thanks.
     

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