Not Eating from Hanging Feeder

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by JohnHenry, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. JohnHenry

    JohnHenry In the Brooder

    98
    0
    39
    Mar 3, 2011
    Somerville
    First off, I love BackYardChickens WEB site! I have been reading, reading, reading for a month! I recently built a coop and run from my kids old playhouse, now I have 5 new babies, well 2-3 year old hens I bought for $10 each that I treat like babies.

    I started off by hanging a feeder in the coop and throwing some feed into the run twice a day. They never touched the feed in the house and I read that feed on the ground in the run gets contaminated by poop causing intestinal worms so I moved the feeder into the run. I still never see them eating from the feeder, I throw a little scratch on the ground every day along with crushed egg shells, dandelions or other greens and they gobble them up. I put some scratch in the feeder and they gobbled it up by seem to ignore the pellets in the feeder by themselves.

    Any ideas why?

    I have had them 2 weeks, they started off laying 3 eggs a day and now they are closer to 4=5 eggs a day and look much healthier than when I got them.

    Thanks!
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If they are hungry enough, they should eat the feed. If it were me, I would experiment and cut all treats for just a few days to see how much feed they ate.

    That's just me, though!!! [​IMG]

    Scratch is really yummy to them, and many people have noticed that if they give too much scratch they don't eat enough layer feed.
     
  3. JohnHenry

    JohnHenry In the Brooder

    98
    0
    39
    Mar 3, 2011
    Somerville
    Thanks,

    I'll try to resist spoiling them. The funny thing is they seem to eat the pellets off the ground just fine.
     
  4. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    25,007
    84
    388
    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Quote:totally agree....hungry=search out food no matter where it is to eat:) no treats as hard as that is for a few days until they figure out where to real food source is...
     
  5. Neil Grassbaugh

    Neil Grassbaugh Songster

    741
    16
    151
    Sep 1, 2008
    Quote:Foot level is the most natural elevation for chickens to feed from. Much above, or below, that is out of their comfort range. Is your feeder to high above foot level?
     
  6. JohnHenry

    JohnHenry In the Brooder

    98
    0
    39
    Mar 3, 2011
    Somerville
    Foot level is the most natural elevation for chickens to feed from. Much above, or below, that is out of their comfort range. Is your feeder to high above foot level?

    I'd say the feeder is about 5" above ground level. I was thinking it would be OK just below shoulder level and thought it would keep out the mice. I notice the same thing with water, they dont drink a lot from the hanging water but love water from the dog bowl.

    Is 5" above grade too high?​
     
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2011
  7. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    25,007
    84
    388
    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Quote:I'd say the feeder is about 5" above ground level. I was thinking it would be OK just below shoulder level and thought it would keep out the mice. I notice the same thing with water, they dont drink a lot from the hanging water but love water from the dog bowl.

    Is 5" above grade too high?

    No... thats about how high mine is -trust me they will drink and eat if they know thats their only source-If you keep leaving water bowls out for them they wont go to the waterer..LOL
     
  8. helloroe

    helloroe Songster

    215
    3
    111
    Jul 16, 2009
    Cetral FL
    My girls were spooked by the swaying of the feeder and waterer when I tried to hang them. I put all my feeders and waterers on 1/2 cement blocks. Block fits entirely under the base. I clean them daily and my feed bill can prove they sure do eat.
     
  9. iamsara

    iamsara In the Brooder

    57
    0
    29
    Feb 22, 2011
    Sonoma, Ca
    Hi!
    I too at first tried the long metal feeder but they didnt like it. much preferred naturally eating off the ground.
    BUT now its nuddy out there and poopy. so its not making me feel good. i put some hay on the paths to saok up the poops, and it worked for a coulple of days! lol
    i will try the feeder again hearing from u all w no problem w it.
    thanks:frow
     
  10. JohnHenry

    JohnHenry In the Brooder

    98
    0
    39
    Mar 3, 2011
    Somerville
    The girls are starting to use the feeder more but we had a huge rain day today with flash flooding so I moved the feeder into the coop. I couldn't resist treats and gave the 4 hard boiled/crushed eggs and some scratch today. They really prefer the dog bowl more than the hanging waterer, I do spoil them but it has only been two weeks[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2011

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: