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Getting the Right Chicken Feeders to Cut Down on Feed Expenses

Article by Johnny Gilbert

Have you ever looked at the problem of how to get feed to your chickens in the most efficient and the cleanest way possible? The best chicken feeder is the kind that keeps the feed it stores within safe from the weather, stays free of rust and rot itself, and that hopefully keeps pests like rats that tend to hang around a chicken coop away. This last little requirement – the one where you need to keep the rats away tends to be particularly important. Rats can really scare chickens.

Now as simple as the problem seems, some of the automatic chicken feeders you get on the market can be quite complex with every bell and whistle you could imagine. If you like to keep things reasonably simple, going for a treadle-based chicken feeder should be your best bet. It neatly takes care of all the concerns we have about keeping the mess to a minimum, keeping rats away and being weather proof. Most treadle based chicken feeders are made of galvanized iron – the rain does nothing to them. And since the feeder only puts out a little measure of grain or anything else at one time, rats and other pests have nothing to come in snooping for. They usually hold several pounds of chicken feed at a time, and you rarely have to go fill the feeder up more than a couple times a month.

So how does the treadle work? Basically, a treadle is a large pivoted board at the bottom of the feeding device. The board is attached to a mechanical lever. Each time a chicken steps on the board, the weight of the chicken depresses the board and the lever attached to it. This action releases a quantity of feed on a feeding tray below, and the chickens can peck away at that. At first though, your chickens may have a hard time working out that they need to step on the device for the feed to magically appear. Usually, the technique recommended for the training is, to leave a heavy object on the treadle to keep the feeding tray open. With a quantity of feed there, you can take your chickens out to it, and dip each chicken’s beak in the feed.

You will be surprised to find that your chicken feed bills fall sharply when you install an automatic feeder. There is little waste to worry about, and there are no extra pets (rats) to buy feed for either.

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