Why doesn't my new feeder have a lid?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by PunkinPeep, May 3, 2009.

  1. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This weekend, we went out and bought this feeder . We needed an upgrade since the girls have been growing fast and eating their feed up a lot faster.

    But when i got it home i realized it doesn't have a lid of any sort on the top.

    We don't have a place to hang it (yet), so we were just going to set it on some blocks, so that it would be at back height. My concern is that they're going to fly up there and poop in the supply. And with our humidity, it just seems like it would be better if it were covered. Is there some reason it should NOT be covered?

    The upgraded waterer we got is sealed up like fort knox, so i just wondered what the difference is. Why no lid?
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  2. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
    There are lids available, but they are more of a deterent from perching than a lid. I believe the industry has not caught up from the farm to the backyard pet movement. On the farm they are hung in the houses and are open for ease of refilling and the only problem is roosting on them. I too would like to see one that is sealed and could be set on blocks like the chick feeders....
     
  3. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, so i'm not crazy?

    thank you! [​IMG]

    any ideas on a good something to use in lieu of buying the lid that i haven't seen on sale anywhere?
     
  4. lorieMN

    lorieMN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have taller feeders than that,but the same type,and a 5 gallon pail fits over the top perfectly..prevents them from pooping inside,,you should be able to find a pail or can of some sort to fit
     
  5. giasmom

    giasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    Woodville, Al
    When you hang it up ,Put a hole in a large frisbee and slide the frisbee down on the chain or rope to the top part of the feeder. This way they won't be able to perch on the edge of it. the frisbee will not be stable enough for them to stand on. Then when you need to refill the feeder, just slide it up some and pour your feed in.
     
  6. mwdh1

    mwdh1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I do the same thing only with an ice cream bucket lid for my 7 lb. feeder. It's fun watching them jump up, the lid bends, and they fall right off. [​IMG]
     
  7. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh good. you both got my imagination working outside the box i was in. [​IMG] it needs that little kick from time to time.

    i can see i'll be rummaging around the house looking for the right thing tomorrow. i don't have any frisbees lying around, but i at least have some ideas now.

    thanks so much!
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  8. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I do the same thing only with an ice cream bucket lid for my 7 lb. feeder. It's fun watching them jump up, the lid bends, and they fall right off. [​IMG]

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    hilarious! and a little mean...but hilarious!
     
  9. Chicken Rustler

    Chicken Rustler Grabs em n runs

    I have the same feeder in for my chicks and I put a grain feed pan over it. Works great. You can get these at the feed stores for like $5-$6

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    ETA also if you are going to hang the feeder you can take a large funnel and turn it upside down on the chain/ rope. Kind of like the tin mans hat. Then just slide it up to fill.
     
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  10. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the helpful ideas!

    I rummaged around this morning (after dreaming about possible feeder lids last night) and found that a round cake pan is just about perfect.

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    ...and it even kind of matches. [​IMG]
     

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