Suggestions for Minimizing Chicken Feed Waste

Solutions for the Coop and Outdoor Feeders

Got chickens wasting their feed by scratching it out of the feeder? Not only is this costing  you money, but it’s also attracting rodents and wild birds.  This problem can be easily solved by hanging the feeder and placing something beneath it to catch what they scratch out. Simply pour the dropped feed back into the feeder when tending to your birds.

Saving Feed

Raise the coop feeder high enough to where the chickens have to climb up on something to reach it, this will eliminate shavings from getting in both the feeder and the container below.

The Outdoor Feeder

Keeping the feed in the feeder is your best defense against attracting wild birds. At night when the chickens are cooped for the night, cover the feeder.  The less feed scattered around the feeder the better. Something under the feeder will keep lost feed contained. Wild birds will always be a problem, but lets not offer them a feast 24 hours a day!  I like to make it hard for wild birds to find any food at all when the flock is cooped or the feeder is covered. If food isn’t plentiful, wild birds will go elsewhere.

If your birds are free roaming during the day, it’s okay to keep their feeder covered, and just give them access to it two or three times a day for an hour.

Tip: If you have wild birds sneaking in the coop and devouring feed, replace any chicken wire with hardware cloth.  Or, offset another layer of chicken wire over the existing. Sparrows can easily squeeze through chicken wire.

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amy elizabeth, writer, author. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm. Raises laying hens.
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4 Responses to Suggestions for Minimizing Chicken Feed Waste

  1. L Lindall says:

    Reblogged this on The Homestead Experiment and commented:
    no one likes to see $$$$ down the drain…great post

  2. What do you think of this? I came across this feed idea and really like it. I will try it soon.

    • tbnranch says:

      It doesn’t look easy to make at all, at least for me! Also, it looks like only one bird can eat at a time… that may cause issues in my flock for those low in the pecking order. If you make one, I’ll be interested to see if you like it, please share!

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