How high to hang the feeder?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SewingDiva, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. SewingDiva

    SewingDiva Chillin' With My Peeps

    Our chicks will be four weeks old July 14, and I think it's time to start using the big feeder and waterer. We have a Playhouse Coop so I'll hang them under the coop - my question is - how high should they be?

    We only have three chicks, so the feeder is the white plastic 11 lb size, and the water is the 2 gallon galvanized can size.

    I was planning to hang them from chains.

    thanks! [​IMG]

  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I use chains and 'S' hooks or spring clips (either carabiners or ones like on a dog's leash) to hang mine. I use a lightweight chain like a dog tie out chain. that makes it easy to raise and lower the feeder/waterer as needed.

    Keep them approx crop high, and raise them up as the chicks grow.

    I LOVE having them hung - makes for much less feed waste and waste in the feed!
  3. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Virginia - Southside
    Back height is the rule of thumb. Also, with the galvanized waterer, it is not recommended if you ever have to put medicine in the chicks water. Just a reminder!
  4. SewingDiva

    SewingDiva Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Good to know! I was not aware of that. We get snow so I went with one that could be heated if need be, but I'll hang onto their baby chick waterer too just in case.

  5. barred rock

    barred rock Out Of The Brooder

    i hang my feeders/waters at about their chest and they dont seem to have any problems with it

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by