The best feeder for Scratch and Peck!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Stephine, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. Stephine

    Stephine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just want to share how happy I am with my range feeder.
    When I used the chick feeder with the holes or a round feeder we had so much waste. The chicks would bill out the food to the point where most of it ended up on the ground. I fed homemade and now scratch and peck, so they were looking for the favorite bits in there. I looked at alternatives, but the PVC feeder didn't strike me as particularly spill resistant, plus I would have had to get lots of them for 15 chickens! So I ended up buying this one:
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    and am so glad I did! It is long enough so all the chickens can eat at the same time (from both sides), they can't sit on it and poop into the feed and they cannot scratch or bill any of it out! I have no more loss of feed at all, it is a breeze to fill and, since I feed scratch and peck, easy to empty. To get the chicks to eat the powdery stuff, every couple of days after I let them out in the morning and they have eaten their fill, I just take out the top bar, slide the feed to one side and pour it into a bowl, add yoghurt, milk, cottage cheese, water, whatever, stir it up well and serve from a large dog bowl. Then, once they finished their leftovers, refill the feeder. I was worried about my one pullet with pinless peepers but even she can use it without problems.
    Just in case somebody else is desperate for a better feeder![​IMG]
     
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  2. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the tip:D
     
  3. MischiefChick

    MischiefChick New Egg

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    Would this feeder work with fermented feed? Where did you get it?
     
  4. Stephine

    Stephine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, I don't think it would work for fermented feed - it's not stainless steel. I don't think waste is such a big issue with fermented since it's slushy. I would just serve that up in large stainless steel dog bowls. You wouldn't have fun washing the range feeder out every day, either...
    I bought it online somewhere - I can looknit up if you are still interested.
     
  5. Stephine

    Stephine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're welcome!
    I hate having set ups that don't really work well, so I keep looking for better options. When I find them I like to spread the word to save others the trouble of buying stuff that doesn't work...
     

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