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What is the Best type of Chicken feeder?

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Types of chicken feeder, best chicken feeder, compare chicken feeders

The best chicken feeder – we compare types of chicken feeders

What is the best way to feed chickens? There are so many types of chicken feeder available, it is hard to know. We have rated a range of feeders:

Dine a Chook PVC Chicken Feeder

Pros

Keeps feed fresh

Stores a few days feed at once

Water-proof

Chickens can feed in the rain without wetting feed

Reduces waste and spillage with patented interior paddles

UV-resistant plastic

Life-time guarantee

No BPAs

Space-saving

No contamination with droppings

Cons

Only 1-2 chickens can feed at once

Only suitable for dry feed

Dine A Chook Automatic Chicken feeder

Treadle Feeders

Pros

Keeps feed fresh

Stores a few days feed at once

May deter rats and wild birds

May be waterproof when the hopper is closed, depending on the make

Cons

Rats often learn to use them

Even Galvanised Treadle feeders rust

Short life span

Screws and moving parts seize up and fail

Feed gets wet if chickens feed in the rain

Only suitable for dry feed

Hanging Feeders

Pros

Cheap

No contamination with droppings                                            

Stores a few days feed at once

Many chickens can feed at once

Cons

Rarely water tight

Lots of mess, spillage and feed waste

Not resistant to rodents or wild birds

Does not keep feed fresh

Short working life

Plastic degrades in the sun

Only suitable for dry feed

Troughs and hoppers

Pros

Cheap

Easy to clean and use                                                              

Suitable for all feeds

Cons

Cannot store feed

Open to contamination with droppings

Open to wild birds and rats

Becomes dirty quickly

Needs filling daily

Lots of mess, spillage and feed waste

Hand Feeding

Pros

Free

Suitable for all feeds

                                                                                                                                                                             

Cons

If chickens eat from the ground they are more likely to get parasites and disease

Food becomes contaminated with droppings

Open to wild birds and rats

Left over feed must be cleaned up or it will rot and attract vermin