RAIN-------What do you do

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sundance, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. It;s pouring rain outside and when i turned my RIR's out of their coop they ran out into the run but their feeder is uncovered and the layer crumbles quickly became a gooey mess. They weren't really interested in that and just sorta looked at me. what does anyone else do in a situation like this?I can't feed them inside the coop due to all the hay and poop, if it was just hay i wouldn't worry but I keep about 5 inches of hay in there and with them roosting over it , I don't want them scratching thru all that mess to look for something to eat.[​IMG]

    Mother to 24 RIR's. 1 pit bull,1 poodle mix 1adorable yorkie 1 cat, and baby sitting 1 great Dane, and best of all 1dh of 54 years.
  2. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    You could buy a covered feeder that's meant to be used outside, make a covered area for your existing feeder or roof part of your run. Even tarps over some type of support can be used. It really just depends on your budget, how handy you are, what you've got laying around and what you want to do.

    Earlier this year, I used an old resin patio table to cover a black rubber feed tub, to make a dust bath that would stay dry in the rain. Often people have different things around that can be used.
  3. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    woodland woman, you came up with every possible suggestnion. i love it.
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Half of our run is covered with a tarp. While it may not be the prettiest thing, it does keep our hanging feeders feed dry and gives the flock a chance to be out without getting wet, too.


    Hope this helps!

  5. poppycat

    poppycat Songster

    Jan 26, 2007
    Could you put a hanging feeder in your coop? You can adjust the height to about 8" off the ground, and out of the floor mess.

    If that doesn't work you will need to find a way to cover your feeder. Wet food is not good.
  6. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Songster

    Aug 18, 2007
    Southeast Texas
    I built a small covered stand that elevates the feeder as well as covers it from weather. Kinda looks like a miniature carport thats portable.

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