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Lazy chicken keeping idea.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by PineBurrowPeeps, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. I had the idea of making an auto feeder system for my chickens and ducks when we renovate next spring so that I don't have to lug grain out everyday. I wanted to just buy a couple of auto dog feeders but they don't hold enough for me, the large one I found only holds 10 pounds worth of dog kibble, who knows how much chicken feed.

    I want something that can hold like 50 pounds of grain and dole out like 2 feedings per day on a timer.

    Yeah, I'm lazy.

  2. windtryst

    windtryst Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Grain can get damp & stale. I keep mine in 10# ziplocked bags and only feed what they will clean up in a day. Anything left over is put away if clean & dry and fed the next day. All feed is picked up at night and put in a metal can with a tight lid. I worry about atracting rats, mice & other animals... It is not so much work!
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I have a 30 lb. hanging feeder in my coop. It stays nice and dry and lasts them for at least 2 days, usually 3 (18 chickens). I usually fill it about 2/3rds full. My current waterer is up on blocks of wood and unless somebodys been real rambunctious in the coop and kicked it full of shavings it doesn't have to be cleaned and refilled but every other day.
  4. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    i have a 20 lb dog feeder I got at Tractor Supply for about $23. If i fill it half way with 6 chickens it lasts a couple days. The bottom is plenty big for everyone to eat.

  5. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    Conklin, Michigan
    I used a 30# feeder for my meaties. I can't think of anything that will feed two times a day. I think you are going to have to bring them their feed. Just bring them a bucket of feed when you go to get the eggs, what a great trade!

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