I recently upgraded my original design of a feeder for the chickens that
1. Doesn't get grain all over the place (chickens tend toward sloppy eating)
2. Doesn't get the grain wet, so it can stay outside in 4 seasons.
3. Doesn't get chickenpoop in the feeder. They do that often.
4. Saves me money in grain costs.
5. Allows me to be lazy when feeding them. Using this design I can load up 2-3 days worth of grain in one go.
...and now the new addition
5. Doesn't let slugs (or rats?) get at the grain. I never knew slugs liked grain so much.
The original design had slugs all over it in no time. This one is suspended higher. A further addition which I want to add to the legs is a dish of ground chicken eggs. The chickens will eat it and the slugs won't slug all over it, up the leg, and into the grain.
For those of you, like me, who haven't been able to minimize grain imputs very much, this should at least economize the grain expenditure a little.
I think that when they have consistant access to grain, they don't stuff themselves when the grain comes (improved digestion) and I don't have to always be there to feed them 3x a day.
I'm just getting started with chickens. I love your feeder! Thanks for sharing a truly great idea.
Location: Northern Italy
posted 6 years ago
Thanks and you're welcome.
As an update, things are going great a month on. No rain or anything else compromising the structure. I'm so much more happy with this than the old one. Zero Slugs to date, which was the main problem with the old one. Haven't needed to resort to egg shells on the two legs.
I'll still give them some food in a bowl, since they always finish every grain anyway; plus they seem to be bewildered when they come out in the morning and nobody has prepared anything for them. This tube is more to have a little side food for the rest of the day, once the bowl food is gone, or if I know I'm going to be away for too many hours.
William, would you like this topic to be focused on your design or can i post a video of a friend's one and talk about above 6 point which are very important to me too?
I'm full of theory, but don't know much about caring for chickens in practise, we get them soon and i think chickend feeder will be made before they do. :)
Update. Just got back from the chickens and the tube is not rat proof.
Apparently rats can jump to the height of a chicken's head. I even pulled aside the little platform to see if they could still jump and get to it, and yes, they can get inside even without the help of a platform.