Keeping food in feeder?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickenluver555, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. chickenluver555

    chickenluver555 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hopefully this is the right section for this question :)
    I have a few Easter Egger Hens, and I have been having to clean their coop more often than usual. For some reason they have been making such a mess with their food. Their feeder hangs, and I thought that would solve the problem. But, whenever I go out to check on them during the day their feeder is half empty, with most of their food on the ground. It creates such a mess and smells so bad! I don't know why they knock their food out of their feeder. How do I stop this? Please help.
     
  2. DStewart PDX

    DStewart PDX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have rodents in the coop?
     
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Raise the feeder higher, and stop refilling it until they eat what gets spilled
     
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  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    If the feed is smelling bad, you may have a moisture problem in your coop. Moist bedding or moist/spoiled feed is your chickens worst enemy. . .
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    this.

    I agree, odor also sounds like a moisture problem. Dry feed doesn't smell bad, in the feeder or on the ground. Do you need to relocate your feeder?
     
  6. Janet Pesaturo

    Janet Pesaturo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also maybe see if you can get a feeder with a grill. That largely prevents them from billing out the food.
     
  7. cackleberrycam

    cackleberrycam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would give them each a half a cup of feed a day. When I do this my chickens do not spill as much feed as when I fill my feeder all the way up.[​IMG]
     
  8. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try making one of the bucket feeders, 5gallon bucket with two 90degree elbows you could put 3 but the idea is they can't fling the food out as they have to stick their heads in the elbow, put a little food on the edges of the elbow mine were eating in less than 5 minutes and it holds a month worth of food for my 4 girls.
     
  9. applegal

    applegal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could they be getting rowdy in the coop and knocking the feeder around spilling the feed? I had some issues with water being spilled and realized it was a result of my mature roo chasing the new cockerel around the coop. Relocating the waterer helped.
     
  10. memphis

    memphis Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine will scoop it out with their beaks & eat it off the ground. I raised it and that helped a bunch. Do check for moisture issues! I had half a bag go rancid because of moisture or condensation in my food bin. And boy it smelled!
     

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