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slug-proof food feeder?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by poplarbird, Nov 16, 2016.

  1. poplarbird

    poplarbird Just Hatched

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    we found an army of slug last few nights gathering after dark. some eats off the pellet &bits on the ground, and the rest crawl into the food feeder and eat the pellets.. it is so disgusting!.

    Has anyone design a feeder that stop slug from getting in for feast ?
     
  2. George8207

    George8207 Just Hatched

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    I thought chickens eat slugs. If I'm wrong, I'll have to erect the bat house I have wanted to do for a few years but have had to postpone due to finances. Bats feed at night and I believe they eat anything small that moves. I know they are great predators for the moths that lay eggs on corn. I'm hoping they also eat the flies that lay apple maggots.

    I hang my feeder from the roof supports. It turns when the chickens eat and I tried to put it on a platform but the chickens kept knocking it over. It is hanging again. I bought my feeder from a feed store.
     
  3. poplarbird

    poplarbird Just Hatched

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    I can't picture how it work? do you have a similar one from google ?


    Chicken love slugs, but they are on roost at night when slug visits.
     
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  4. George8207

    George8207 Just Hatched

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    The feeder I have (the water container also) have top handles which move the hanging string to the center. You can use a rope or chain instead of the nylon string I use. When the string is in the center the feeder moves as the chickens peck the food. I don't like it turning but the chickens must not mind as they eat from it anyway. However, now that I think of it, I'll check to see if I can hang it in a way which will keep it from turning as much - tie it on two sides - it would still swing some but I'd rather it be hanging than on the ground.
     
  5. George8207

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    I should mention, however, that when hanging, make sure it is hanging level. I doubt it would matter much with the feeder, but the water container is another story. I didn't check the string location one time and it was not in the middle so the water container was hanging lop-sided and allowed all the water to drain out.
     
  6. George8207

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    In rereading your post, you appear to be asking where I got the feeder. I got it from a local feed store. You could find one by looking on google or perhaps one of the sponsors for this website.
     

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