there’s not really a place to jump on...i guess they could jump on the very top but they don’t. the feeder part has a 1 inch rim all the way around. hogs spill more feed than chickens...so keeping feed from spilling out isn’t an issue.Oh sorry I meant a lid the birds will jump on on the top and poop in there.
i throw feed on the floor to help encourage them to scratch the deep bedding. i haven’t noticed extra feed around this feeder. the feeder isn’t super wide but they free feed whenever they want and it’s been certainly ample for 24 chickens. It’s actually the same width as my “Grandpa’s feeder” brand in the largest size...but holds 5-6x as much...You must have the most well behaved chickens; mine would fling all 50 pounds onto the floor with that wide of an opening lol
Have you tried the metal dome kind of waterers?however, i have had several problems with my waterer and am on my 4th type of waterer. first i had two 5 gallon waterers that you invert to fill...that was a hassle and bedding got into the water. then i tried two different ones with metal nipples. now i have a food grade 50 gallon plastics barrel with metal nipples placed at the bottom. it works well but the chickens still made a water mess in the bedding...so i cut a hole in the floor...framed a “stage” about 8 inches up and covered with hardware wire mesh that is about 5-6 inches bigger than the barrel so that any excess water drops to the ground instead. the barrel is fed by a float that comes from a rain barrel outside collecting water from the gutter. during this process i have flooded my coop twice with 50 gallons of water into 10 inches of bedding! i basically learned all of the ways not to design a waterer. fortunately now it’s all good. i also plugged in submersion heaters attached to a thermocube to keep from freezing. we’ll see if that works now that it’s getting cold.
I use the grandpas feeder 0 waste/weather proof/rat proof/tip proof/chicken proof/mess free! I love it, totally worth it, holds a bunch of feed, I will never go back to any thing after I purchased this! You guys should take a look! 2 links to show you what I mean! A link for any questions, and proof about why it is so good! A link for purchase!You must have the most well behaved chickens; mine would fling all 50 pounds onto the floor with that wide of an opening lol