I'm still doing my research and plan on buying four chicks early next year. My question is, what kind of feeder do you use? And are rodents an issue? I wouldn't say we have a rodent "problem" but I've certainly seen mice and rats in the yard over the years we've lived in the house. I was thinking I'd just get one of the standard plastic feeders and hang it next to their hen house. But my husband is convinced this will be a rodent magnet. He likes the idea of an automatic feeder where the hens have to stand on the platform to get the lid to rise in order to eat. I'm not opposed to the idea, but they are pricy. I'm curious what you use to feed your flock and if you have opinions one way or another.