idea for lettuce and veggie hanging feeder

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Tamara119, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. Tamara119

    Tamara119 Songster

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    Just thought I'd share my revelation with everyone around here! I always get cases of lettuce trimmings and other greens from local veggie shops and grocers. Lots of broccoli and cauliflower leaves, arugula, chicory and more. I used to just make big piles on the ground in summer, but now it's winter (southern hemisphere) and the ground is pretty muddy and once the greens get too muddy they no longer eat them. So I made a feeder that works beautifully! I ordered some mesh online, like the kind for hockey and soccer nets, and I put the lettuce in there and made a drawstring rope. Super easy! It works beautifully and the chickens LOVE that they can pull off little bits. I hang the whole thing just above the ground, but I put a rock between it and the ground so that it doesn't swing too much. Usually there's very little waste, although the batch I had just before this had lots of thin chicory leaves that just pulled right out so there's lots of those on the ground.


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  2. DLV58

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    nice idea
     
  3. Tamara119

    Tamara119 Songster

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    thanks! it's so obvious i'm not sure why it took me so long to do it!
     
  4. nan4848

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    Excellent idea! I'm going to try that and was thinking maybe old netting off of basketball hoops might work well also.
     
  5. Tamara119

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    Yes, if the netting isn't too big. I also thought an old fishing net would work too. Anything with holes about 2 to 3 inches on one side. Anything bigger and the stuff falls out too easily.
     

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