How handy is a cement mixer?

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  1. BubbaLikesIt

    BubbaLikesIt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an old Montgomery Wards cement mixer that I fixed up just for something to do. I was out feeding the chickens the other day and noticed that the oyster shell that I have is a little too big for them. I also have some granite grit that is a little large too so I was thinking that if I used the cement mixer with 5 or 6 large steel ball bearing's I could crush the rock and shell even finer. I'm a genius.
    I load half a feed scoop of granite with the ball bearings and turn the mixer on medium. Mix for about 20 minutes and dump in a full scoop of oyster shell. Mix another 10 minutes and add two scoops of chicken scratch and mix for a minute more. Dump it in the bucket.
     
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  2. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    I'm more caught up in the Mongy Ward's reference, lol -- blast from the past!
    That aside, great thinking!
     
  3. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Great solution for making large grit into small, but why do you mix?

    I free choice the soluble oyster shell, and insoluble granite grit, separately.
    A third feeder contains their feed.

    Scratch, I toss and let them scratch, mostly for my entertainment.

    They seem to know what they need or want.
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    Different strokes for different folks - plenty of people prefer to mix. *Most* bags of grit and oyster shell have both options listed to either mix (with the suggested ratio) or free feed.
     
  5. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I understand that and was not criticizing.

    Apart from the obvious convenience of 1 feeder, I was just hoping to hear any reasons why.
     
  6. BubbaLikesIt

    BubbaLikesIt Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Very nice setup for your birds BubbaLikesIt.

    No confusion, I just have a thirst for knowledge.

    I also give grit, free choice, but do not mix.

    I have 12 birds in a fully enclosed coop and 14x14 secured run.

    Mind you, the flock spends their waking time, and eats, 90% outdoors, in their run.

    Predator issues prevent free range activities.

    I feed them fermented feed whenever possible...

    I built this mostly for peace of mind, and as a backup to their outdoor fermented feed.

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    Three stations, 3" PVC pipes with Y fitting. Concrete 16" paver block for nail and beak maintenance. It is sitting on 2 8" cinder blocks, I use deep litter.


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    Middle station is for feed. Picture shows the reserve, a 5 gallon reused water bottle with the funnel, a cutoff of another 5 gallon water bottle for extra reserve. It will easily hold 30+ pounds. It probably will last well over 2 months, if used exclusively. This reserve empties straight down into the middle feeder.

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    Above shows the 3 stations. Far left holds Grit, middle holds Feed, far right holds Crushed Oyster shells. Far left and right are capped. 2 foot pipe probably holds over a years supply of grit and oyster shell.

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    Another picture of the feed reserve, I'm pretty sure I put close to 40 pounds in there.
    The reserve just sits in place, no nails or glue.
    Everything can come apart easily if needed.
     
  8. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    If that's a "shabby" coop can't wait to see the remodeled version [​IMG]
     
  9. BubbaLikesIt

    BubbaLikesIt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not so sure about the remodel because the chickens are having a hard time getting the loan. The bank says they won't take eggs that haven't been laid yet as collateral.
     
  10. BubbaLikesIt

    BubbaLikesIt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really nifty triple feeder you got there. Looks like it makes things simple.
     

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