Treadle chicken feeder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mun5, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. mun5

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    Hi

    I wonder why baby chicks are often not fed from treadle feeders. Beside of the chicks' light weight, are there other reasons? Is it actually a good idea to feed them using treadle feeders?

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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    You've hit the nail on the head -- the small size/weight of chicks makes the use of treadle feeders impractical for them. Having a feeder that sensitive to weight would lead to potential issues of harm given that a relatively small shift in weight would cause a shift up or down of the lid.
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

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    Had meant to add -- one of the reasons many use treadle feeders is that it eliminates the issue of pests accessing the feed, this is due to most of the feed seeking pests being smaller/lighter than the birds you *do* want getting to the feed. This would be another point where having to adjust the sensitivity of the treadle to such a "light" point (if it were even possible to get it set to sense the weight of one chick) would make the advantage of a treadle a moot point.
     

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