They make such a mess.... grrrr

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by FLchook, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. FLchook

    FLchook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, my flock is wasting WAY too much food. [​IMG] They are probably eating about 1/4-1/2 of what I put out. The rest goes onto the ground, which they won't eat and leaves a huge mess for me. Not to mention potential for mold.

    Sooo.... any suggestions [​IMG]
     
  2. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    My husband is almost finished making me an automatic feeder that has zero feed waste. I asked in a thread what everyones favorite feeder was. I'll find the link.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=535997

    He built me a feeder almost identical to post 10 in my thread! We need to add the bottom lid made/installed and we are done. We installed the feeder outside the coop and cut a space where they eat for the inside part. It's a huge space saver and the feeder holds 50# of feed.
     
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  3. vstoltzfus

    vstoltzfus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't fill up the feeder again until they've cleaned up the mess. They always clean it up, eventually. Hope this helps!
     
  4. alaina

    alaina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ya, know what you mean, I started putting only enough out to last about 3/4 of the day, then they have to clean up the spilled food under the feeder. Attracts alot of flies, too!!

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  5. kevs-chickadees

    kevs-chickadees Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That would be great, I'm tired of feeding all the pigeons,doves, and sparrows in the city! then they hang around and eat all the fruit off the trees.
     
  6. chicklover16

    chicklover16 queen of flirts

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    I just put a big dish underneath the feeder and whatever they spill I pour back into the feeder.
     
  7. Oldfort_mailman

    Oldfort_mailman "The Fortfather"

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    I keep feed out for my chickens at all times and I went through the same thing that you are going through until I switched feeder types. I was using the round feeders that hold twenty pounds of feed but the chickens were raking it out on the ground more than eating it. I switched to a feeder type called a range feeder. It is rectangular in shape and is approx. 4 inches wide and 36 inches long. It has a long bar that runs the length of the feeder and mounts loosely in the top middle of the feeder which allows the bar to spin if they try to get on top of the feeder. This keeps them from roosting and pooping in it. It comes with legs but I hang mine by attaching wire from the top holes on each side of the feeder to the ceiling this allows to adjust to the correct height for the breed. There are three sets of holes you can mount the bar to and I always mount the bar in the bottom holes to make it harder for the chickens to waste feed. Using these there is less than a tablespoon per day wasted in each pen as long as u dont overfill them. We never fill them past 1 inch from the top. They are twenty dollars at tractor supply and about the same at the local farmers co op.
     
  8. Lovable Chicks

    Lovable Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This is what I used and I seen a big difference in the messes. I have mine sitting on the floor. Plan to get another this weekend for my silkies.
     
  9. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Here are pictures of my feeder so far installed in my coop. We still need to add the lid.

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  10. Nicolette'sFarmette

    Nicolette'sFarmette Out Of The Brooder

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    My feeder is hanging from a roof truss in the coop...about chest high of my hens. Zero feed mess...hope this helps!

    Also, it's a 30lbs metal feeder, so I only have to fill it every three weeks or so! [​IMG]
     
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