Best Type of Feeder

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering' started by Sassy, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. Sassy

    Sassy Junior Member

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    Hi everyone-

    We are putting in the finishing touches on "Cluckingham Palace" and hopefully will figure out how to post some pictures in the next week or so. This week I hope to transition our 26 SL Wyandottes out of the brooder and into their new digs.

    Things have certainly changed in the past 45 years since the last time I was involved with poultry. So many new products and inventions.. a person could go broke just trying them all out! Since chicken feed doesn't exactly cost "chicken feed" anymore, I have a question about feeders for the folks who have probably used them all.

    I am interested in getting one of the mid-sized feeders (20-30 pound capacity) for hanging in my coop. It seems like there are three styles that all claim they stop "billing out" and prevent waste. What has been your personal experience with these three styles?

    1. Plain tray w/rolled rim Example =
    http://www.strombergschickens.com/product/plastic-hanging-feeder-20-pounds/hanging-feeders

    2. Divided tray w/grill Example =
    http://www.premier1supplies.com/detail.php?prod_id=59928&cat_id=143

    3. Feeder with dividers Example =
    http://wammocks.com/Hanging-Poultry-Feeder-11-lb-phf11.htm

    Thanks for all your help and what a great group!
     
  2. TinyHouse

    TinyHouse New Member

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    I have #3 but I can't tell you yet how well it works. I just put my chicks out in the coop with it today. They were eating out of it just fine but it will be a few days before I know if much feed gets wasted. I did put a chicken wire "fence" around the top to keep them from flying up and sitting on the open top of it. I worked on a farm last summer for a few weeks and they had a metal feeder with an open top hanging in the chicken coop. About every 3 or 4 days I'd find an egg inside the feeder. ;)