Simple Little Change Saving 2/3 of the feed wasted by chicks

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Nifty-Chicken, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Our new little ones are growing like crazy... and wasting food even faster. [​IMG]

    We're using a mason jar feeder and they are pulling out the chick starter crumbles like crazy. We usually raise the feeder which helps a little but not enough.

    Today after cleaning the brooder I simply set a glass pie bowl under the feeder.

    Well, I've done this solution many times in the past, but it finally hit home today how effective it is when only a few hours after filling the feeder I saw this:

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    That's at least 65% of the feed that otherwise would have gone right into the bedding.

    Little buggers!
     
  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    WOW! That is something I gotta try! My Spitz chicks always like to fling everything out of the feeder and it gets expensive after while.
     
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Looks like you have proved what we all suspect and some of us know happens, 65% WOW!!!.

    AL
     
  4. meriruka

    meriruka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great idea!
     
  5. tattooedchickenlady

    tattooedchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's smart!
     
  6. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] Great idea.
     
  7. CARS

    CARS Chillin' With My Peeps

    I found that to work too but then I did some more work. I slit a toilet paper roll lengthwise and cut it in half (well, about 2" long). I adjust it in the metal part, up or down to allow more or less feed in the feeder.

    The way it is originally set up the feed is to the top of the holes. This way it is down in the bottom of the feeder.
     
  8. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    BRILLIANT!
     
  9. antiquebuff

    antiquebuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great Idea, I will try it when I have new ones!
     
  10. JanieMarie

    JanieMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is why I love chicken people and BYC! Thanks!
     

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