How do I stop hens from wasting so much feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by feedstorechick, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. feedstorechick

    feedstorechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Serama pairs are in wire bottom cages. I have both a cup and a rabbit feeder for feed. The highlight of their day is billing out the feed. I tried raising the feeders, then raising them again. It works for a while, then the get the hang of slinging the feed out anyway. Any ideas?
     
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Wrap the mouth of your feeders with chicken wire. They can get their beaks in but they can't really do the sideways flipping thingy and toss feed out. I have a trough style feeder wrapped in fencing that allows them to get their heads into the feed but no maneuverable room to flick. Saves me sooooo much feed!
     
  3. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i am switching to pellets .... i hear they do not waste as much and when they drop on the ground they are easier to find and eat
     
  4. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I switched to pellets months ago and found they don't waste NEAR as much! What they do drop on the ground, they eat.
     
  5. claud

    claud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pellets are less wasteful. Although I can't always find them around here.
     
  6. nikevijo

    nikevijo HorseAholic

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    I put a feeder pan or a small cat litter pan in the cage. They have to get in the pan to eat, even if they scratch the food stays in
     
  7. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Make a "Milk Jug" feeder

    Cut a hole in the side of a 1 gallon milk jug just large enough for them to get their heads in.
    Then they can eat but not sling feed out
     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2009
  8. Cluckenstein

    Cluckenstein Out Of The Brooder

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    I also use a rabbit feeder and had the same trouble with feed being shoveled onto the ground. What I did was cut out a strip of plastic the size of the feeder opening and put 3 holes in it. Then tied it around the back of the feeder. I now only need to fill the feeder once a week instead of every few days.
     

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