If you own chickens, you know how messy eaters these creatures are. That being said, it is important that you choose your chicken feeder wisely. It really is not all that complicated to be able to find the perfect one for your chickens as long as you are well aware of some crucial considerations in picking out one. The key to finding the perfect chicken feeder is to determine the size of your flock. For instance, if your flock is just small and you are just required to fill your feeder every few days, then going with the basic hanging poultry feeder will just serve you well. However, if your flock is large and requires a lot of food from you, then you have to go with an automatic feeder that comes with high capacity to feed your chickens.
As mentioned above, going for a hanging poultry feeder is best if you have a backyard or just a small flock with between 1 and 50 birds all in all. Even if this type of chicken feeder bears the term ‘hanging’, you need not always hang it. You can also have it directly set on any flat surface. Hanging poultry feeders range in size from 1 to 20 lbs. You can determine which size you should be getting by assessing how much your chickens eat and how many times you will need to fill your feeders with their food. For smaller flocks, you can go with a size where you are only required to fill it once every other day or every day. If you do decide to hang your feeder, you will be making less of a mess in feeding your chickens. When you will be feeding one time per day, then going with a feeder of 10 pounds or less is a good choice.
Now, if you have a medium flock, that is with between 50 and 100 birds, then you should get another type of feeder. This will not have to be the case if you are just fine with refilling your hanging poultry feeders more than one time per day. Like taking care of domestic ducks, during eating time, chicken fed can get messy. The best option for this flock size will be a trough type of chicken feeder. Choosing this type of feeder enables your chickens to eat all at the same time with enough space. Having enough room guarantees less spillage and fighting over your feeder. This option helps you save not just your time and money but your chicken feed and frustrations. If you must feed only once per day, a chicken feeder with between 10 and 15 pounds of capacity is a good option.
Lastly, a feeder with more than 20 pounds of capacity is needed if you must feed large flocks of chicken that go more than a hundred of these creatures. There are chicken feeder options that can hold up to 100 lbs. and can feed about 400 chickens on a daily basis. Such feeders might cost you a couple of hundred dollars but the cost is worth it at the end of the day. All you just have to do after getting this size of chicken feeder is to pour one bag or two of feed into the unit and you are done.