A good poultry feeder will keep your bird stocked up on food while keeping them from defecating in it. Here we have a wide variety to suit most poultry feeding needs.
Selecting a Feeder
Birds will require different feeders for different points in the life cycle. Freshly hatched chicks and chicks that are brooding will typically require a feeder that will keep them from wasting food, and from defecating in the food. One recommended option is the plastic chick feeder by GQF. It's merits include an special design for game birds that is designed to reduce droppings in food and makes it easy to gauge feed levels. If using a hanging feeder, it will need to be hung at a height that they can easily reach for food access. Smaller birds such as quail can also benefit from this type of feeder. Many of the hanging feeders will work throughout the life cycle, but will require adjustment based on bird size.
The size of your flock will also play a role in the feeder that you choose. You want to make sure you are providing ample room for your birds to eat. This will reduce bullying and promote a healthier flock overall. The size of your birds will determine what is considered ample space- you will need more access points for larger birds. We recommend offering food in more than one area if you have a larger flock. This can be accomplished by using feeders that hang on the wires of your pen, such as these, offered by GQF.
Whatever feeder you select, the important rules are to make sure it is accessible by all birds, that there is ample space, and most importantly, that there is food inside! If you need any assistance selecting the proper feeder for your flock, please contact us at (800)259-9755.