1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

PVC Feeder misteriously emptying

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by frogman, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. frogman

    frogman Out Of The Brooder

    53
    0
    41
    Mar 20, 2015
    I use 2 PVC feeders in my run. Straight down 3ft with a Y connector on the bottom so it gravity feeds as they eat out of the bottom opening. I have found (3-4x) an entire tube emptied around the bottom of the feeder all over the ground. I cannot figure out how they are doing this. They would have to pull off the bottom until the entire tube is empty. Any ideas how or what is doing this???

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2016
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,418
    190
    208
    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    They really shouldn't be able to do that easily. Maybe one of them is O/C. More likely is that some other critter is doing it. A rodent of some kind, like a squirrel.
     
  3. frogman

    frogman Out Of The Brooder

    53
    0
    41
    Mar 20, 2015
    I thought that but it is completely enclosed with hardware cloth (sides top and bottom) and now wrapped in plastic for the cold.
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

    16,767
    3,065
    448
    Nov 7, 2012
    CENTRAL MAINE
    1/2" hardware cloth? What about the door opening? Any way for a small rodent to squeeze between the door and the frame?
     
  5. frogman

    frogman Out Of The Brooder

    53
    0
    41
    Mar 20, 2015
    Yes 1/2in and no room from the door - snug and tight! It seems the only way this can be happening is if one of the hens stands there an scratches out the entire hole until its empty. I don't understand how he can get a foot in there!!
     
  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

    16,767
    3,065
    448
    Nov 7, 2012
    CENTRAL MAINE
    They will bill it out. Some chickens are notorious for doing this. Why? Ask the chicken! If you want to eliminate all feed waste, and make the feed they do eat provide even better nutrition, you might consider switching to fermented feed.
     
  7. DanEP

    DanEP Chillin' With My Peeps

    982
    69
    153
    May 15, 2010
    Cadiz Ky
    I would suspect mice, they can get in almost anywhere. You might try and raise your feeder as high as you can while still allow you birds to still reach their food.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by