What you need to know about buying a Chicken Feeder
How to choose the best Chicken Feeder for your chicken coop
Three elements are essential to consider when buying a Chicken feeder. Consideration of these will help save you time, money and headache.
- Does the Feeder help reduce waste
- Does it help prevent rodents
- Does it help keep the feed dry
The research and development behind a Genuine Dine a Chook Feeder addresses all these plus more. Our Feeders are designed to last. UV treated Australian Made Commercial Quality PVC, they withstand the elements. The patented rain hood and gutter system helps keep food dry even in the biggest downpours. The Silo inspired feeding bay helps prevent thrashing so feed stays off the coop floor. The vertical fitting helps keeps rodents at bay especially with a Good Coop management plan. No screws means no rusty parts. Thousands of customers world wide swear the Dine A Chook Feeding System is the best on the market.
What size Feeder do I need?
The patented Dine a Chook Chicken Feeder comes in two sizes:
- 3.5 litres, measuring 540 mm in height
- 4.7 litres. measuring 720 mm tall
The only difference between these feeders is the height. The smaller, 3.5 L Dine a Chook feeder was designed for areas with a height restriction, such as chicken tractors. If you cannot walk into your chicken coop, you probably need a 3.5 L feeder.
Our 4.7 L feeder holds approximately 1 kilogram more food than the smaller feeder and we recommend it wherever height is not a restriction.
How many Feeders do I need?
One to two birds can use our feeder at any one time, thought in a backyard environment you will find that chickens usually take turns to feed. This is not a problem as long as birds have free access to feed all day long.
Our suggestion is to purchase one feeder for every 6-8 birds, in order to ensure that more dominant birds do not prevent weaker ones from feeding.
Our 3.5 Litre Automatic Chicken Feeder should comfortably feed 4 chickens for 4 days, depending on breed, time of year and whether the birds receive treats like mealworms, scratch or kitchen scraps.
Can I use a Dine a Chook Chicken Feeder for other poultry?
Dine a Chook Chicken Feeders are perfect for use with all types of backyard poultry. Simply adjust the mounting height to suit! Our happy customers also recommend using Dine a Chook Chicken Feeders as:
- Duck feeders
- Turkey feeders
- Guinea fowl feeders
- Goose feeders
- Rabbit feeders
Are Dine a Chook Chicken Feeders Rat-Proof?
There is no such thing as a 100% rat-proof chicken feeder that will get rid of rodents in your chicken coop. Even feeders marketed as rat-proof, such as treadle feeders, cannot prevent rodents from chewing through the feeder or outsmarting the weighted lid.
Although they are not rat-proof, Dine a Chook Chicken Feeders may help to reduce rats in the chicken coop by preventing chickens from raking feed onto the coop floor. By keeping feed off the floor you eliminate an easy food source that attracts Rats and Mice. Combined with good coop management, our chicken feeders may help to prevent rodents in your chicken coop.
How do Dine a Chook Feeders reduce waste?
Dine a Chook Chicken Feeders are designed to reduce wasted feed, saving you money and preventing spilled feed from attracting rats and other vermin. The difference between our feeders and other designs lies in the specially engineered feeding bay.
To begin with, in order to use a Dine a Chook feeder, your chicken must insert its head into the feeding bay, which should be mounted at about head height. This means that neck movement, leading to feed spillage, is limited.
Additionally, our patented feeding bay is fitted with horizontal and vertical paddles that prevent the raking and sideways thrashing that are common, but unnecessary, movements when chickens feed. This silo-inspired design effectively reduces spilled feed, thus reducing waste and reducing the cost of keeping poultry.
Are Dine a Chook Chicken Feeders waterproof?
Dine a Chook Chicken Feeders are watertight. Made from snap-together PVC parts, our feeders will not leak in wet weather. The patented rain-hood and gutter system protect the feeding bay, providing shelter and redirecting run-off away from the feeder in order to prevent leakage. This system is so effective that it made our own storm-guard redundant!
Tested extensively in heavy rain and tropical storms, our feeders are practically all-weatherproof!