pine in feeder..ugh!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kimf, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. kimf

    kimf Chirping

    Sep 11, 2011
    Seminole County, FL
    I have 7 four week old chicks. They have a feeder that is one of the long metal kind--with the sliding top. They constantly kick the pine shavings into it and they can't get to the food. Within minutes, it's full. [​IMG] I am moving them into the finished coop this week and don't want to walk down to it several times a day to check the feed. I tried putting it on a 2/4 but they get on top and knock it over. [​IMG] What else can I try? I thought about screwing it to the board so it was heavier?? I don't want to buy a new feeder if I don't have too. We are building a PVC feeder for the coop/run, just not quite there yet. Any suggestions?[​IMG]

  2. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    Can you run a rope or chain through the holes in each end and hang it from the top of the coop? We hang ours just about breast level and it seems to work very well, although it does swing a little.
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I screwed mine onto a 4x4 scrap then placed it on a plywood scrap. Didn't solve the problem completely but sure cut down on it. If you also screwed the plywood onto the 4x4 it would be non-tip.
  4. JodyJo

    JodyJo Songster

    Sep 27, 2010
    I took a 2X4, put 4 nails in it ( to surround the feeder),
    and slid the feeder into it...they have to hop up on it, to get to the food and can't really scratch food into GREAT!

  5. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Songster

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    As said; Screw it to a square 12"X12" piece of plywood and onto a wood block like a 4X10 or 12 and thats 4" off the ground I did this and you will never have that issue again [​IMG]

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