So much wasted food!!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by iPeanut1990, Oct 20, 2014.

  1. iPeanut1990

    iPeanut1990 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, that is a huge pile of food at my feet that they have wasted. I didn't realize it was that bad. That's a lot of food. I'm so frustrated. I'm going to buy a bigger feeder so it's heavier. Hopefully that way they won't knock it over as easily. I am also switching back to crumbles. They were never this messy while on the crumbles. I don't know if that will fix it but I might as well try. I'm also gonna try to figure out how to hang it. I'm worried about the wind swinging the feeder around which would not solve the problem.we get random wind gusts here. We're starting to get mice so I raked up as much as I could otherwise I know they would have eventually started to eat what they spilled.
     
  2. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only difference between crumbles and pellets is that crumbles degrade and disappear faster. It's not that they weren't messy, it's that the mess wasn't as visible.

    Make a feeder that they can't knock over, and they can't get their feet in. I'm partial to the PVC ones on here.
     
  3. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep! I have PVC pipe feeders both in my coop and run...love them!!! Cheap and super easy to make, too!

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    (I still have to "straighten out" that center tube..aack!)
     
  4. iPeanut1990

    iPeanut1990 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need to make this work for my coop!
     
  5. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    I used 3" PVC pipes (8-footers), cut them in half. Then attached a 90-degree at the bottom, then attached a "street 45" to the bottom end. Put a cap on it for the tops and called it good. I have never regretted making them. One thing though....don't glue the pieces together! Just hand-tighten together.This way you could, if you have to, take them apart for heavy cleaning, etc.
     
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  6. Fancypants1

    Fancypants1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try this link - works great - I have never have dropped food - this is the link I followed.



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  7. iPeanut1990

    iPeanut1990 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! That looks like a much better option!
     
  8. Fancypants1

    Fancypants1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes - it works great and more importantly cheap to make. If you don't have a cat or cat litter tub just pick up a bucket with a lid at your local Lowes or Home Depot. Took us 10 minutes to make. Place it on cinder blocks and they will not be able to knock it over.

    Good luck and keep me posted!!
     
  9. iPeanut1990

    iPeanut1990 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How did you drill the hole?
     
  10. Fancypants1

    Fancypants1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We used a reciprocating saw for both the hole in the cat litter bucket and to trim down the PVC pipe.
     

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