The waste! Oh the wasted feed...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by larissap112, Jul 2, 2015.

  1. Lynn Manes

    Lynn Manes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2015
    This is the one I'm currently using in my 3 quail pens that are similar to yours and that I don't like.

    This is what I'm changing to. I just used it for my new 7 month old bantam for a couple of days when she was quarantined and it worked out great. Hope this helps:)
  2. DmCrawlz

    DmCrawlz Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 17, 2015
    I had that feeder and had the same issues. Made this one. Perfect. As long as it is under the cover of a coop there is no wet feed and the chickens have to reach fairly far down so there is hardly any waste. Now that we have 16 girls, I would like to make it a little bit taller.
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Shazam Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I feed mine in dishes, I figure out how much they will eat in a day including any cleanup, and only put out what they eat in a day, when I go out in the morning they have everything cleaned up and are waiting for more, and this way I'm not feeding rats and mice all night.
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    X2 on pellets.

    I cringe a bit each spring after hatch when all the birds go on crumble. It's just easier to keep everyone on same feed. But once those chicks get 10-12 weeks old everyone is back on pellet feed. The all flock type feed in pellet form I find is turkey finisher.

    I keep thinking I'll move over to fermented feed but still have too many mini projects and other kinks to work out with the new set up since moving a year ago. Eventually, perhaps next spring I'll start playing with fermenting.
  5. LI chickie

    LI chickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2015
    Long Island
    I use these stainless steel large trays I measure and soak my feed no waste.
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Place in or hang over the hanging feeder relative to a large diameter rubber dog bowl. An appropriately sized bowl will obstruct scratching and prevent birds from billing feed out onto ground.
  7. Lynn Manes

    Lynn Manes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2015
  8. NapaChicknGal

    NapaChicknGal Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 31, 2015
    I don't have a coop that feed wd/fit in so they get fed in run area. One is former dog dish and they kick all the feed out--so I guess I'll have to quit being so cheap and get larger round thing that can be hung. I have smaller one and they never empty it--new pullets eat from it and it is not hung. I don't really have a tree that wd work w/hanging it.
  9. tmarr

    tmarr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2015
    Guys I use a battle word of a lie lol!! I'm not quite sure why it works but they are able to climb into it and scratch a bit and believe it or not there is NO spillage!! It was only 99p as well! :)

  10. VH Chicken Farm

    VH Chicken Farm Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 4, 2015
    Central WI
    We also had your problem until we started using a bucket feeder. It ends up costing $30 if you don't have the tools to do it, but you make it up in feed.It's a 5 gallon bucket with 4 holes we drilled in it, and we stuck four 3" 90 degree street elbows in the holes. Now the chickens have to stick their head down in the elbow to get the feed. Hope you solve your problem.[​IMG]
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