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Show Me Your Feeders!!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MrsLumpy, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. MrsLumpy

    MrsLumpy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are currently using a store bought 11 lb feeder for our girls, but they have started scattering their food EVERYWHERE!! We have gone through 40lbs of pellets in 3 weeks for 4 girls and the mess is attracting flies and mice, despite the daily cleaning.
    I ordered chicken nipples to help with the water and we are building the waterer this Saturday... but we are stumped on the feeder... we need something that will make it harder to scatter and waste... something that will fill somewhat automatically (fill a hopper and have it funnel down type thing)... Cheap and effective!!
    Please help as we have lots of ideas, but not sure which way to go as these are our first ladies...
     
  2. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it low? Often making it higher--just above chest level--will solve this problem. Mine is raised on cinder blocks but some people will hang them also.
     
  3. MrsLumpy

    MrsLumpy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is low... but I am not sure it will cure the problem...
    Since we are building the waterer, we thought we would get a nice feeder at the same time... ya know... make it super nice for our ladies...
     
  4. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tried EVERYTHING then found this idea at BYC. This is PRICELESS. No waste. Cheap to build. 3" PVC and 3" Y. That's all there is to it! Just made a second one tonight because it works so well!

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  5. Primo

    Primo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Built one just like yours Jimmywalt. I used 4" sanitary pipe and T. It's about 5' tall and lasts my 8 birds about 1 week before I need to refill. I bungee cord it to the inside of the run. Works very well.
    I did add a 4" piece of the pipe to the "T" opening so they have to reach further in to get the feed. Before I did this they were able to flick some out, but no waste now
     
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  6. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm interested in knowing what your T looks like. Could you post a picture? Thank you.
     
  7. Primo

    Primo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry Jimmy, it is in fact a Y just like yours
     
  8. riverfisherdave

    riverfisherdave New Egg

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    Hang the feeder off the ground, it worked for me.
     
  9. Vinniemac

    Vinniemac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you just have a 3" cap at the bottem of the "Y"
    Vinnie
     
  10. cjqsmom

    cjqsmom Out Of The Brooder

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    I use a metal trough that I picked up from the feed store. It has a bar on the top that spins and the sides curve in. No more waste for me, just need to pick out the poo once in awhile from it sticking to their feet when they go to scratch. I paid 16.99 and I have probably saved double in the cost of feed. I was using a hanging feeder and small chick feeder with holes but they would grab it with their beak and flip it over.
    This is great since its legs elevate it.[​IMG][​IMG]I do not like this one since it sits on the ground chicks fill with bedding and the bigger chickens flip it.

    I have also used a smaller one like the first but since it also sits on the ground(it doe not have the legs) it also gets filled with bedding.
     

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