how many feeders?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by michael&Kari, May 5, 2008.

  1. michael&Kari

    michael&Kari New Egg

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    I'm sure this has been asked before but I can't seem to find it. I have 20 chicks. We're preparing to have 20 chickens when they grow up. [​IMG] I gathered from some other posts I've read that I probably want hanging feeders. Question is, how many feeders will I need for that many chickens? And could someone also tell me, please, how much feed I can expect 20 chickens to eat? Thanks!
     
  2. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    First you have to decide on the size of the feeder you want. A five gal bucket should hold forty pounds of feed. Each full grown chicken will eat 1/3 pound of feed per day. So that five gal bucket should last about a week.
     
  3. michael&Kari

    michael&Kari New Egg

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    maybe I need to clarify. Do I need a certain number of feeding holes or inches of trough per bird?
     
  4. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    I use four two inch holes in a five gal food grade bucket. This sets in an oil catch pan, you can buy this at any auto parts store. It is about three inches high. I use one of these for every 20 to 25 chickens. They don't all eat at the same time for they are free ranged. Some days it may not even be used.
     
  5. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    I like to have at least 2 areas that they can go to get feed. So you don't have a bully dominating the feeder and keeping weaker chicks away.
     
  6. the simple life

    the simple life Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was going to buy one of those self feeders that hold like someone said, about 40 lbs.But its sits on the ground.
    Is it better for them to have a hanging feeder instead.I know it probably keeps the varmint out but other than that what would be the pros of hanging them rather than leaving it on the ground?
     
  7. Carolina Chicken Man

    Carolina Chicken Man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If the feeder is hanging the chickens don't poop in it.
     
  8. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After a year of having chickens and trying to "get by" with homemade feeders, I've realized WHY the ones from the store are built the way they are! Now I just get those.

    I recommend 2 large, round, hanging feeders. They waste less food if it's higher (hen's shoulder level), can't poop or throw bedding into it, and can't knock it over. I started out with a long narrow one on the floor so all the chickens could line up on either side to eat, but it causes more squabbles and they were always knocking it over. Now it's hanging, but the round feeders work much better cause they can't pick out the bits of feed they like and leave the rest on the bottom. I would get two so the less dominant hens get to eat too.
     
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