My hens WAST SO much food!!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jackrooster, May 12, 2010.

  1. jackrooster

    jackrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i feed my hen lay pellet and curently game bird crumble because the duck are rooming with them untill there house is finsished.......but anyways i put there food in 2 plastic dog dishes and one of my silkie hens get right in there and stat scatching and kicks all the food out all over the floor into the shaving what should i do............??? Should i get those bog tall feeeders the metal kind that i see in the hard ware store??
     
  2. TurkeyMountainChickens

    TurkeyMountainChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes! There's a reason that chicken feeders don't look like dog bowls. [​IMG] They will waste much less feed if you give them a feeder they can't get in!
     
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Stop refilling until they eat what's on the floor
     
  4. MotherJean

    MotherJean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Build yourself a couple of these PVC feeders - one for the ducks, one for the chickens. I used 24" of 3" PVC pipe. Had hardware store cut it for me. Added 1 Y-fitting. Glued a grid cap covered in a little window screen in the bottom of the Y-fitting to make it a little more shallow. Finished with a cap on top. Cap comes off easy for refilling. My feeder holds about 8 cups of chick crumbles. I secured it to the wall of the coop with metal water tank strapping. I get almost no waste with these. The feeder is on the left side of this photo.
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  5. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    That is a nifty idea.
     
  6. moetrout

    moetrout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like that idea, but what do you mean by:

    "Glued a grid cap covered in a little window screen in the bottom of the Y-fitting to make it a little more shallow"

    Any pics of this part? I was thinking of using a length of 3" pvc to store water that would feed into small pvc with water nipples. Anyone ever do something like that?
     
  7. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hmmm i like this idea...
     
  8. Straubby

    Straubby Out Of The Brooder

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    I like that too but how many would i need for about 20 hens?
     
  9. Renee'

    Renee' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine is a 4" pipe, and the filler pipe is 4' tall. I have six hens and one rooster (RIR, BO, & Brahamas). I fill it exactly once a week. Abolutely NO waste.
     
  10. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
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    Renee' :

    Mine is a 4" pipe, and the filler pipe is 4' tall. I have six hens and one rooster (RIR, BO, & Brahamas). I fill it exactly once a week. Abolutely NO waste.

    Is one enough? I just put one of these together and i was thinking it was awfully tall for my 4 1/2 week girls? I will have to put it in with them and see how it goes!​
     

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