Just ordered a new chicken feeder, holds 10lbs and looks like it will solve the problem of chickens wasting their feed. I have a catch all under my feeder now, but it has to be emptied daily so it doesn’t attract ants. Ants are a problem here, I have to be pretty diligent to keep them out of the coop and nest boxes. Do you have this problem too?
RentACoop PVC Chicken Poultry Feeder with Rain Cover
This feeder (Amazon $39.95) boasts it’s spill proof, and it hangs on either wire or wood, hardware included. Dimensions are 5.5 x 5.5 x 17 inches. I’ll have to wait until my birds are 12 weeks to use it, but I’m looking forward to the possibilities of a spill proof feeder!
If you’re interested here’s how to get one: RentACoop PVC Chicken Poultry Feeder with Rain Cover
What To Do About Ants in the Coop
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Many people are complaining this drinker overflows and leaves their birds without water, but there’s a simple fix to this problem! This drinker really is a good product, but there’s a trick to keeping it from leaking everywhere. I sent my first one back, the second ended up in the shed on a shelf. But now I use it every day and love it.
Solution to Overflowing
First of all, I’m sure you already know it’s important to place the drinker on level ground, and up on a cinder block is good practice too. But here’s the real trick to stop it from overflowing. After you fill the drinker full, loosely tighten the cover on top. Remove the black cap on side allowing the fountain to fill. While it’s filling, loosen the black cover on top (kind of a lot) then tighten it again. This will create the vacuum needed to stop it from overflowing. That’s it!
Which drinker is right for your chickens? It depends on many factors to say the least. Convenience should certainly be considered, but keep in mind, there are a variety of different drinkers available for many different reasons.
For every need (or problem) someone has no doubt found a solution. Visit my photo collection and see all the different drinker types, get some ideas, and even learn how to make your own!