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Richmond

  • Joined Sep 2020
  • Norfolk
Re: Galvanised treadle feeder
« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2020, 09:06:50 am »
Regardless of whether vermin can get into it or not, isn't having a full receptacle of food sitting around just attracting them by the smell? Also if your hens, ducks etc are leaving spilled food on the ground then they are being fed too much. The general rule of thumb for feeding poultry is only to give as much as they will clear up in 10 minutes or so, so there is no wastage and nothing to attract rats or pigeons etc.

Eve

  • Joined Jul 2010
Re: Galvanised treadle feeder
« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2020, 04:19:17 pm »
You’re confusing chickens with pigs. Chickens eat throughout the day and should be going to bed with a full crop.

Richmond

  • Joined Sep 2020
  • Norfolk
Re: Galvanised treadle feeder
« Reply #17 on: December 20, 2020, 06:02:12 pm »
No I'm not. I agree with going to bed on a full crop, that is why I give a 2nd feed about an hour pre-roost. Between their breakfast and tea time they forage.

landroverroy

  • Joined Oct 2010
Re: Galvanised treadle feeder
« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2020, 04:14:25 am »
With a properly designed grandad feeder you don't get food left on the ground. So yes - vermin may be attracted by the smell. But I don't believe it wafts across the garden attracting them from far and wide like the pied piper. So if they smell food but there's never any available then they're not getting any positive feedback from the smell and will go elsewhere.
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Scarlet.Dragon

  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Galvanised treadle feeder
« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2020, 09:03:08 pm »
No I'm not. I agree with going to bed on a full crop, that is why I give a 2nd feed about an hour pre-roost. Between their breakfast and tea time they forage.

That may be the case when they're free-ranging, but how can they forage during lockdown if you don't leave food out for them?
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Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: Galvanised treadle feeder
« Reply #20 on: December 21, 2020, 09:08:10 pm »
You’re confusing chickens with pigs.


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