Wasted chicken feeds can cost you more than you’re willing to charge as wastage.
So if you’re planning or are already raising chickens in your backyard, keeping wastage to a minimum is essential.
Your choice of chicken feeder will help you save on feeds by reducing or eliminating wasted feeds.
Although store-bought poultry feeders are designed to prevent feeds from falling on the ground or getting eaten by pests, they aren’t always fool-proof. Sometimes, a little modification may be in order. Other times, making an entirely different from conventional chicken feeders may be needed.
Choosing the right feeder, whether store bought or bespoke would depend on the circumstance. The most common reasons for wasted chicken feeds are the weather and critters trying to steal their food. Or chooks are simply messy eaters!
Fortunately, there are various solutions to this problem – and they’re all designed to address the different causes of chicken feed waste. So your choice of feeder should be what best suits your situation. Other factors to consider would the availability of materials and how you can maintain the entire place.
The good news is we found these clever solutions listed below. Let us know which one would is the most suitable for your chooks.
Chicken Treadle Feeder
A chicken treadle feeder protects the feeds from undue exposure to the weather as well as from critters. But it allows your chickens to access their food when they are hungry.
The fun part is teaching your chooks how it works. Don’t worry, they’re actually smart and a quick study!
Hanging Chicken Feeder with Catch Box
If the pests in your yard are always having a feast over spilled chicken feeds on the ground, then a catch box might just be what you need.
Its mesh has holes big enough for fallen feeds to go in but small enough to keep critters from reaching them.
This way you can put the feeds back into the poultry feeder!
Mess-Free Chicken Feeder
This chicken feeder made from a bucket and PVC elbows is another way to prevent your chickens from scattering food all over the place.
The stick their heads inside the pipes to get to the feeds and whatever they can’t bite into, falls back into the bucket. What’s also great about it is you can easily move it from one place to another.
Inexpensive Chicken Feeder from PVC
This one prevents the feeds from getting contaminated as well as from spilling. Animals won’t be able to knock it over plus it’s easy to refill!
Goat Proof Chicken Feeder Solution
As its title implies, this is a good poultry feeder modification if there are other pets or animals in your yard. the holes are big enough for your chickens, but too small for bigger animals.
DIY No-Waste Feeder
Here’s a ‘lazy chicken farmer’ solution – let your chooks eat straight from the chicken feed storage!
Shannon Stansberry has been engaged in the business of raising chickens for more than 12 years. In 2016, she accomplished the Agriculture & Natural Resources program at Mt. San Antonio College. At present, she tends to more than 80 chickens on her 4-hectare farm. Shannon regularly shares her insights and experience on how to raise healthy and contented chickens on the platform Typesofchickens.com