I thought that it would be prudent to provide an update about how the chooks have adapted to the new feeders that I bought from Royal Rooster. You can read the original post titled "New Chicken Feeders" if you want to learn more about the changes I made to my chooks feeding routine.
So how did it work out? I have some good news. These feeders will pay themselves back in feed costs alone in about four months.
Here is why.
Not only have the hens figured out how to use them very quickly (including the waterer) that I installed for the bantams, there has been a noted absence of feral pigeons and a reduced number of sparrows mooching around Cluckingham Palace. The pigeons cannot feed from these feeders because it is too high off the ground and there is nowhere for them to hold on to. As for the sparrows, they are somewhat less of a nuisance and only a couple at a time can chow down. This limits their theft significantly.
There is little waste in the form of spillage and the chooks are eating all of the feed, not just their favourite sunflower seeds.
Additionally, due to the cap on top and the hood at the front of the feeders, the food has stayed dry and clean since they started using it. This is ever after the 38 mm of rain that we had a couple of weekends ago.
Each morning last week, I purposefully gave the large chooks the same amount of food that I normally serve, which is three times 500 ml jars full of feed per day (I use an old glass jar as a scoop). I serve the bantams one scoop per day.
I checked how much feed remained when I locked them up each night and was pleasantly surprised by what I found.
The results of the trial were amazing.
The three scoops of feed lasted all day, but here is the rub. This quantity, that would normally feed the five older hens, but also fed the three new pullets as well! Eight chickens fed on the same feed that until last week, only fed five hens. That is a big reduction in feed costs.
As for the bantams ration, they are consuming only half a serve each day. The food in their feeders kept building up each day until I cut their ration back around mid-week. Even more money saved.
So as a result of this trial, I would highly recommend this feeder for anyone with a backyard flock.
Disclaimer: I am not associated in anyway with Royal Rooster, and have not received payment for this post. I just like this time and feed saving product.