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Chicken Feeders/Waterers

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    Posted: 01 Mar 2012 at 1:11am
Hey Chicken ladies (LOL), wondering approximately what size feeder and waterer to get for approx 8-12 chickens. We're starting with 8 but may end up with 12 the next year. What are your thoughts? I like the idea of hanging ones to keep them off of their food and water and so they won't tip over. Is a 3 gallon waterer and a 12-16lb feeder big enough? Way too big? I obviously plan to fill them every day so there's no need to go huge...but is bigger better just in case we leave town or something? I haven't a clue how this works! Embarrassed
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I have no idea how much feed my container holds, but it's enough to last about a week with 5 chickens when filled to the top (not sure how many mice are helping themselves though, blech!). I would say it holds around 20 lbs?? We have a 1 gal waterer that, if they don't tip it over, lasts a couple days usually. Mid summer in super heat not quite as long. I like the hanging feeder (it was DH's ggmas, we pulled it and the nesting boxes out of an old chicken house out back). I think as long as you keep it about chest high they do pretty well with it. Any lower and they make a total mess. Any higher and it's tough for them to get to. I want to invest in a hanging waterer this time around. I went cheap before and it's been a mess. I have to keep it propped up on something so they don't kick shavings/poop into it, but then they knock it off the platform when it gets down low enough to move easily. They also stand on top and poop all over it. I think they make some that are sloped so it's not as easy to do? Mine is just flat so it makes a great perch Wacko.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote sunnymom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Mar 2012 at 9:01am
Planning to makethis pipe waterer and maybe put 3-5 nipples on the bottom of a second bucket and hang/mount the bucket. A hanging bucket would be good for free rangers I think also? And easier to clean than a pvc pipe. And cheaper. :P

Also wondering about vinegar in the water. I think it is a tablespoon per gallon? Cut down on worms?
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cconly's ebay page - source for chicken nipples. Less expensive than on the cconly website.
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I currently have a 7 lb hanging feeder and a 1 gallon waterer. 
 
I do hang my feeder to keep them from knocking it over entirely, but nothing keeps them from knocking part of it on the floor/ground-i keep this in the coop.  Even with 12 chickens they've never finished an entirely full feeder in a day.  I have just started putting food out in a second spot, in a rubber pan in the run, just to be sure that the lower order hens are getting enough to eat.  I make sure not to have any food left in their run so rodents and predators aren't attracted at night.
 
This time of year the one waterer is more than enough for them.  But in summer they will run out on the hottest days, so then i use 2 of the waterers.  I was just reading this week that having 2 or 3 smaller waterers is better than keeping 1 large waterer.  This also helps make sure that the lower order birds get enough.  And in winter when one is frozen you have a spare to swap out in the middle of the day.  I don't keep the water in the coop because they will inevitably dump it and that's not good for the floor or their health.
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Renee, if you set the waterer on bricks they don't fill it with ick and it doesn't slide around so much.  Concrete blocks work too.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote moonangel12 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Mar 2012 at 3:38pm
Originally posted by jessmomto2 jessmomto2 wrote:

Renee, if you set the waterer on bricks they don't fill it with ick and it doesn't slide around so much.  Concrete blocks work too.

I'll have to try that. Right now I have it on a 2x4 brace in the corner thinking that if I jammed it in there well enough they couldn't tip it as easily... wrong! We have quite a few bricks and cinder blocks laying around, I'll have to try it!


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Post Options Post Options   Quote erinchelsea Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Mar 2012 at 4:05pm
We have a 3 gal. hanging waterer for our 17 birds. I would get at least a 2 gallon. We only have to fill ours every other day, so if we are gone overnight, we only have to have someone come get eggs. Not sure the size of our feeder, it's a little bigger than the waterer, also hanging and we have to fill it about 2x a week.
 
We have the nipple waterers for our meat birds, we use them in 5 gallon buckets and it worked awesome. 35-40 birds would go through 10 gallons of water a day when it was hot out!
 
Sunnymom, you can do apple cider vinegar (should be the kind that has the mother) in the water, as long as you don't use galvanized waterers. With the pvc it will be fine. I don't measure, just put in a "glug"LOL Probably about 2 T. If you use too much they won't drink it.
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Okay cool.  thanks!

and haha yes, i would be a "glugger" also.  that's kind of how i cook, also.  "oh a tablespoon? That looks about right..." :D

just realized i typed "chicken nipples".  that just looks all kinds of wrong!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stegmanjessica Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Mar 2012 at 5:00pm
Originally posted by sunnymom sunnymom wrote:

Okay cool.  thanks!

and haha yes, i would be a "glugger" also.  that's kind of how i cook, also.  "oh a tablespoon? That looks about right..." :D

just realized i typed "chicken nipples".  that just looks all kinds of wrong!


hah!! LOL My first thought was "oh, how cute!" LOL
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Originally posted by moonangel12 moonangel12 wrote:

Originally posted by jessmomto2 jessmomto2 wrote:

Renee, if you set the waterer on bricks they don't fill it with ick and it doesn't slide around so much.  Concrete blocks work too.

I'll have to try that. Right now I have it on a 2x4 brace in the corner thinking that if I jammed it in there well enough they couldn't tip it as easily... wrong! We have quite a few bricks and cinder blocks laying around, I'll have to try it!

 
My old hens never knocked over their waterer, neither batch of them.  It sat on a shelf in their run.  This batch i have now knocks it over if it's inside their coop no matter what i do, but outside they don't knock it over at all.  I guess it might just take some trial and error to figure out where it works best.
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