making a mess and wasting the feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by puddinbabe, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. puddinbabe

    puddinbabe In the Brooder

    Jul 5, 2007
    My 2 girls end up wasting half their crumbles by pulling it out of the feeder onto the ground. They go through a feeder that should last them 3-4 days in two because of the waste. I'm sure all chickens do this, but is there anything I can do to curb it? I hate wasting the food and I don't especially like cleaning it all up.
  2. Arklady

    Arklady Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    You can try elevating the feeder off the ground. Like on a large brick. Then they have to balance themselves and can't devote much time to looking for the choicest bits of crumbles. How old are they?

  3. NJfarmer

    NJfarmer Songster

    Jul 28, 2007
    New Jersey and Maine
    The brick idea works. I put the food tray and the water can on bricks because my chickens would kick dirt into there water
  4. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    Switch to pellets. You will see extremely little waste with pellets. Your food will last twice as long, guarenteed!!
  5. CtlisencedArborist

    CtlisencedArborist Songster

    Jul 20, 2007
    Yup pellets elevated is the best way to save from wasting.Not much waste with pellets though.[​IMG]
  6. Chicki_Pooh

    Chicki_Pooh In the Brooder

    Aug 21, 2007
    McKinleyville, CA
    I've tried putting my feeder & waterer on bricks also, but my chickens are defiant & just end up knocking the feeder onto the ground somehow & continue to scratch for their feed. Maybe I'll try the pellets this time. [​IMG]
  7. MoonGoddess

    MoonGoddess Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    Philly, PA
    We made a feeder with a large plastic lawn tub (the kind with the rope handles) that we cut slits in the bottom and 2 snow disks (one on the top of the tub and one below). It leaves just a little 3 1/2 inch space between the edge of the snow disk on the bottom and the plastic tub. They can't get in there and kick the crumbles around, so there is no waste. The kicking it out is where we had the most loss. We do the same thing with our waterer. We leave only a small space for them to drink from. They don't get as much dirt in it that way.
  8. nccatnip

    nccatnip Songster

    Aug 5, 2007
    Piedmont area NC
    I hung mine from a chain with a clip on the handle of the feeder. Hang it about chest high and you should see a reduction in waste. Also hung the waterers the same way, keeps them lots cleaner as no one can roost on them.
  9. MoonGoddess

    MoonGoddess Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    Philly, PA
    Quote:Do you have a picture of that nccatnip? That sounds interesting.
  10. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    I put a larger pan around the bottom of my feeder. The hope is that when they pull the pellets out of the feeder they will land in the second pan. Of course that sometimes fills up and then they pull out of that, but I think it still significantly helps.


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