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I got a chicken step feeder that works great!!!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickensrock12, Jan 19, 2017.

  1. chickensrock12

    chickensrock12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Around Christmas I got a chicken step feeder. I've been having a problem with mice and birds stealing my feed. So I found this and within a week my gals learned how to step on it. The mice are gone and the birds too. I will recommend this to people. It works great. Don't worry about the the chickens not using it like I did. All you have to do is every day go out and step on it. Tell they learn there is food in there good luck.[​IMG]
     
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  2. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks awesome, weren't you the member I suggested bird/mouse remedies to a while back?
     
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    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also suggested some feeders like this.
     
  4. Howard E

    Howard E Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am coming around to think that step feeders like these, or something like them are the way to go for more reasons that you might suspect.

    There is the stolen feed issue.......the cost of it, but related to that is if you attract rats and mice to your coop to dine on the spilt feed, those in turn may attract a whole slew of other predators who are after the rats and mice. These include weasels and all their cousins (who biologists claim dine on rats and mice about 90% of the time), but also skunks, snakes and perhaps others like foxes and coyotes, plus dogs and cats. Many, if not all of them, are first attracted by the rats and mice but are opportunistic killers and can transition to our birds with no hesitation. So anything you can do to ward off the rats and mice might save you from the predators that follow them.

    Then there are the starlings and other wild birds, who can not only lap up the feed at an alarming rate, but bring with them potential pathogens like avian flu.

    There would be this and similar homemade plywood versions, but also at least 3 or more commercial versions made of sheet metal. Designs are different, but all work on the principle of a step feeder to open a door or gate.
     
  5. chickensrock12

    chickensrock12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yah, thank you everyone.
     

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