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Trigger or Spring Feeders

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MoriahQuilts, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. MoriahQuilts

    MoriahQuilts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On Ebay I saw a trigger feeder that operated like the water nipple. The chicken pecks at the nipple and several pellets fall into a tray that they eat. The movement of the pellets seems to attract their attention so more are eaten rather than wasted. But there was only one source and its in UK. Does anyone know 1. If they work, and 2. If they are available in US?

    Also saw spring feeder, similar action, but also only available in UK.
     
  2. TN_BIRD

    TN_BIRD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    seems to work fine for them

     
  3. lfreem2

    lfreem2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THAT is crazy cool! Wonder where you get the trigger...
     
  4. MoriahQuilts

    MoriahQuilts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since you guys are the experts, and nobody replied here, I gathered the UK supplier was the only one and ordered 3. With shipping it was $25 US or L15.50. I let you know how it works out when they arrive if you're interested.

    I gotta keep it simple and easy.

    Ann
    Lindon, UT
     
  5. blackmilly

    blackmilly New Egg

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    Ann,
    I'm very interested in how they work, please post on whether or not you would recommend. I searched long and hard trying to find images of the one you purchase to try to make my own, but no luck!

    Thanks
    Jenny
     
  6. chickmanna

    chickmanna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's a link to my thread about this same device.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=485925

    Scroll down that thread to see a picture posted by jmagill. I've also received mine. Same supplier, same apparatus. I poked a hole in a coffee can, inserted the device, and added some feed just to see how well it worked, and seems like it will be o.k.

    My only advice so far is to make the hole in the container no bigger than necessary to get the end that the chickens peck through the container. Supplier recommended 12mm for crumbles, which is just about the size of the end piece that has to go through the hole. It seemed small but in use it seems to release quite a bit of feed.

    I'll post pics when I've had a chance to get it permanently installed. After seeing the video, and recently introducing my chicks to nipple waterers, I don't expect any problems getting the chicks to use it.

    Annie
     
  7. MoriahQuilts

    MoriahQuilts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Annie,

    Your link was helpful, thanks! I have mine but haven't put them together yet. Saturday was the first we've had for a month without SNOW. And we should have some tomorrow! I'm trying to get run built. They love their new house. Tyring to decide on what kind of container to use for the trigger, to hold the feed, that can be off the ground, seals at the rim, and is easy to fill. Found 15 gal blue drum, like the size but the top doens't come completely off, just two small holes.
     
  8. Eggs in a Jar

    Eggs in a Jar New Egg

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    Hi, I am thinking of ordering one of these triggers as well. How have they worked out for you? Would be so great not to have all the birds and mice hanging around. I did build a wooden treadle feeder which works well and may consider another one for outside the run but will have to waterproof it which I didn't do with the first one i built. BUT if this trigger works I would love to try it first. Please let me know if you would. Thanks.
     
  9. emarketwiz

    emarketwiz Out Of The Brooder

    We've had a trigger feeder system which uses the one from Trigger Happy Chickens since last September and it has been wonderful to not have to fill the feeder everyday. We have also noticed a huge difference in the amount of food that gets in the sand. When we used a conventional feeder a lot of feed was displaced and wasted. In short, we love it! Here is a link to my feeder and water system:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/lake-norman-coop-de-ville-waterer-and-feeder

    And our complete coop project:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/lake-norman-coop-de-ville
     
  10. keirys

    keirys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rofl I took all the feed out today &put one of these triggers in. I think everyone is confused hahaha...[​IMG]I havent seen them use it yet but I can tell it will save a ton of feed.
     

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