i am sick and tired of wasting feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jadude, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. jadude

    jadude Songster

    May 22, 2008
    I have tried to use a trough feeder and a pie shell every time they they get inj and kick it out what should i do
    Adult chickens
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2008
  2. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Songster

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Are you talking chicks or chickens? I really like my big hanging feeder that is underneath the coop itself. Works like a charm and a lot less waste since it is situated about 10 inches off the ground and not exposed to the weather elements. My full grown chickens can't get in it to scratch.
    If they are babies I don't have a solution. Sorry.
  3. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

    Feb 10, 2008
    Eastern NC
    The hanging feeder is the way to go for sure! We use the 3 pound size in the brooder boxes and the bigger ones outside.

    Steve in NC
  4. setter4

    setter4 Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Central Pennsylvania
    Yep, it's amazing how much less waste you have with the hanging feeders. And they never get upset!
    I have 1 in the coop and 1 in the run.
  5. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    My hens feeder I placed inside a dish with 4 inch sides. They push food out, then it goes into the other dish. The 4 inch deep dish I empty back into the chicken feeder every few days. Since I started doing this they waste almost no feed.
  6. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I have an old wooden feeder that has a trough at the bottom. The chickens have to stick their heads into the trough to get any feed, it's too tall for them to stick their feet in it and scatter it all over. So far they haven't wasted any feed at all.
  7. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Songster

    Jul 20, 2008
    You could try forage cakes available from Murray McMurray. They contain a very complete mix of nutrients and are designed to reduce feed waste.
  8. bwebb7

    bwebb7 Songster

    Aug 16, 2008
    Brooksville, Fl
    I made a feeder and it works great! I saw it on the web somewhere?
    If you use the square bucket that kitty litter comes in, you just drill holes near the bottom of two sides (opposite each other) I made them about 1" triangle. And then put the bucket on a baking dish (you can screw it on there) I used a cookie sheet that was 11x16? & mounted it so the holes are on the longest side. I put it in the pen on top of a cement block. It holds a lot of feed -10lbs or so -so they can't knock it over!
    They do poke their beaks in if it starts to get low and it starts to flow again and it keeps them busy too!

    I'll try to take a pic and post it tomorrow.

    P.S.-it holds enough for a sleep away if the opportunity presents!
  9. I tried a lot of things but, what works best for me is a simple large plastic dog bowl. They can't turn it over. The hanging type they just root feed out onto the floor for some odd reason.
  10. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Don't give the little brats any more til they CLEAN UP THEIR MESS!! :lol

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