How do I reduce feed waste??? Help, please!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by l'oeuf, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. l'oeuf

    l'oeuf Hatching

    Dec 30, 2008
    Lakewood, CO

    I'm really having trouble reducing feed waste in my coop with my five lovely ladies (2 RIRs and 3 Red Stars). I had a plastic trough feeder (the kind with a double line of holes on top), but they didn't seem to like that, so I switched to a hanging feeder. However, the feed waste is even worse- it's all over the floor of the coop, and at this rate, they will be going thru a 50-lb bag in a matter of days! I think I have it at the right height for them, about 5 inches off the floor. Does anyone have any suggestions?? I'm really in a bind!

    Thanks so much!
  2. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Songster

    Nov 3, 2007
    Use pellets and feed them as they clean it up.
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Try hanging it at shoulder level so they have to stretch a little to eat. That makes it harder for them to throw it out.
  4. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

    Ditto on the shoulder height
    Ditto on pellets not mash
    Also do NOT add scratch with the pellets they will knock out the pellets to get to the scratch.
  5. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Mine eat out of deep clay dishes and I switched to pellets and not crumbles... so far nothing goes to waste, and a 50lb bag lasts for months. Crumbles were a mess and a half to clean.

    I only allow my chickens scratch on the run floor or on the lawn in the winter when they need the corn for fats. Gives them something to scratch for.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2009
  6. azelgin

    azelgin Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    S.E. AZ
    I have some homemade wooden wall hung feeders for mine. I hung them as high off the floor as I could so they had to really stand on their tip toes to reach in. There is also a small lip that projects to the inside edge of the feeding trough, so the have a hard time flicking the feed out onto the floor.
  7. CANDLE98

    CANDLE98 Songster

    Dec 29, 2008
    Meridian Idaho
    I saw this guy's coop the other day and he had a rain gutter along the bottom of his coop that he filled with food and he said that he uses about 30% less food now than he did before. Kind of a neat idea.
  8. Vcomb

    Vcomb Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    South Dakota
    My Coop
    once their feeder is empty don't fill it for a day or two - makes them clean up what they spilled.
  9. phalenbeck

    phalenbeck Songster

    Aug 14, 2008
    Canton, N.C.
    I have a 6" pipe feeder (a metal chimney. vent thing and a chimney cap thing stuffed on bottom. This rig is in a 3 Foot plastic pan as in car oil change thing. They spill into the pan, and at times I refill from the pan. They have to climb into the pan to eat. 50 lbs lasts 3x longer now.
  10. rdranch

    rdranch Songster

    Apr 13, 2007
    You might try not filling the feeder so full. I only put in what they will eat for 2 or 3 days at a time. It seemed that when it was full more would push it's way through and fall to the floor. Sometimes gravity can be a bummer:)

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