Hanging Chicken Feeders are available in both plastic and metal varieties.
Chicken feeders, also called poultry feeders allow your family to provide your flock access to plenty of clean food at all times and to feel confident your hens are eating enough.
It's important they get enough food for proper growth and good egg production.
Sufficient nourishment will help keep them healthy and laying lots of eggs.
When you plan your chicken coop make sure you have enough feeding stations for the number of birds you plan to raise.
Benefits of a Feeder; Maintain Happy, Healthy Hens by Providing Continual Access to Feed.
Having a hanging, automatic feeder is a great idea for conveniently feeding your chickens that will also eliminate some of the mess that can be caused by knocked over feeding bowls as well as saving you some money on wasted feed.
Feeders should be adjusted to the height of the chicken's backs. This will allow them to eat comfortably.
Providing separate feeders to provide grit or oyster shell for your chickens is best so they can self regulate.
There is a natural pecking order in chickens and sometimes the birds at the bottom of the pecking order will find it hard to get to the feeder if the other chickens can stop them.
If you notice that your chickens are fighting over food it is time to add more feeder stations. This will help keep the chickens calm, peaceful and well fed. It will also ensure that the smaller or younger chickens are getting enough of the food they need.
Save Time and Money by Reducing Waste
Chicken feed is the most expensive part of the daily care of your flock so you don’t want it fouled with chicken droppings.
Chickens like to peck at their feed to see what’s underneath, while doing so, they scatter feed all over the place. The feeder you chose should be designed in a way that will help prevent your chickens from scattering and spreading their feed everywhere.
Automatic feeders typically have little plastic bars to stop chickens from ‘flicking out' bits of feed they don't want. Some automatic feeders also use a dispenser that triggers food each day in a specific amount. These features help to control waste while making feed available to your chickens as needed.
Automatic dispensing of feed allows more freedom for your family.
Do not fill the feeders more than about half full - one more way to control waste.
Save Time by Making Cleaning Easier
Chickens are messy and they love to scratch.
It is important to keep your feeders clean and dry. Wet food invites disease.
You'll want to hang feeders 6" to 8" from the ground if possible. This prevents the chickens from roosting or sleeping on them, pooping in them, kicking them over, and scattering feed far and wide.
Feeders should be emptied and cleaned as needed. Good housekeeping helps keep your chickens healthy. Easily accessible feeders will help your daily feeding chores go more quickly and smoothly.
You Have a Choice in Chicken Feeders
Many families prefer plastic feeders because they are low cost, come in a variety of sizes and are quite easy to clean. There are some very good feeders on the market.
There should be plenty of feeder space so that all of your chickens to be able to eat whenever they're hungry and they should be able to eat the amount of feed they need.
Keep in mind that laying hens each need about 5 linear inches of feeding space and each hen will eat approximately 180 grams of layers pellets per day.
Select a chicken feeder suitable for the number of birds you have or may eventually have to ensure happy, healthy chickens.
Happy chickens make for happy families raising chickens!