I can I prevent so much food waste?

ourgirls

In the Brooder
11 Years
Sep 26, 2008
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Cincinnati, OH
Hello, this is my first post. We've had six golden comets since last spring and we get about five eggs per day. I am wondering if there is a way to stop them from wasting so much food. I have a 7lb baby pig feeder attached to the wall of the coop at about their back height. I notice that when I fill it up, at least one will go right in and use her head and beak to start scooping the food from the trough onto the floor! When I clean the floor of the coop it is covered with so much food! Is there a way to stop them from doing this?

Thanks!
 

ourgirls

In the Brooder
11 Years
Sep 26, 2008
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Cincinnati, OH
That's a good idea. Have you done this? What material have you used to make a cover? Maybe some kind of plastic? Nothing creative comes to mind right now but it is late and my brain isn't working well!
 

Colored Egg Farmer

Chicken overload
11 Years
Apr 30, 2008
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North Eastern Pa... Near NY
Quote:I would use a temporary like cardboard... and test out different hole designs to figure out what is the best way to keep the feed in and the chicken getting food then maybe you could make a plastic cover after you get a good design.
 

Beekissed

Free Ranging
12 Years
Feb 14, 2008
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This world is not my home.
Quote:I now have an old fashioned metal feeder(the long trough type) but I didn't have enough room on my walls to mount it. I wrapped the entire feeder in the left over fencing I had from my perimeter fencing. This allows me to fill it just like I always have but only allows the chicken's heads to go in between the wire. No flicking, no getting in and scratching....its been wonderful! Not a drop of feed wasted since I did it this way.
 

cyrixlord

Songster
11 Years
May 25, 2008
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Monroe, wa
my solution was to use 3 inch pvc pipe. two straight sections joined together to form an L by a third piece that can slip off. it has a cap on top. 4 holes were drilled in the bottom straight section about golf ball sized so the chickens could stick their heads in it.

I just pop the top every few days, pour feed in, shake it so that it settles down the 'L' and wala! if you want a pic of it or something like it, just PM me . I dont have any offhand
 

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