Within our gravity chicken run, we needed a way to feed the chickens up off the ground. Mainly so nothing would impede the gradual down-hill slump of mulch we’re hoping this overall design will provide. The answer? Recycled palettes and assorted fabulous junk.
You’ll find that you’ll be feeding the neighborhood birds as well, which drastically increases the cost of keeping the chooks. I had to modify my arrangements so that the only way my chooks could get to their feed was by walking through their coop into a wired-off-from-the-sky enclosure. It’s cut my feed bill by 75%.
interesting! we don’t have that problem yet… probably due to our sad lack of birds… as we build biodiversity we may have to amend… cheers for the thought!
Hi there. We did use pallets too at one stage in the run to put the feeder on but still found a lot of poo there and in/near the feed. Unfortunately the gaps in the pallets aren’t enough for the ‘fall through’ thought… you can of course still brush/wash them down but that may not be part of your plan.
Good luck with it – I’m following along to see how it (and other things on the blog) go.
Gorgeous chicken friends in the picture. I love chicken friends.
Good idea to lift the feeders off the ground like that, but do I notice with the second station, one of the feeders hanging from the ceiling? If so, you may find this more hygenic for the food and water. My waterers are hanging from the ceiling in my chicken coop, but they occassionally still manage to get poop in it.
What I like about the feeding stations though, is they’re propably easily modified if your needs change in the future. Got a sick hen with an injury the others seem to constantly peck at? Turn one of the stations into a mini coop with chicken wire, until they heal up again. They’ll still have the constant contact with their chicken friends, so introducing them back in the flock when they’re better, won’t be hard.
It would also make a good broody box if you find a hen wants to sit on some eggs. So you’ve probably built some multifunctional stations there!
Chickens are pretty easy to please.
Nice use of recycled materials too. Always a bonus when you can do that!
Hi, love your site and all the information that constantly come through, even though we live far across the ocean in Cape Town, South Africa. It really inspires me to do more on our 2 acres. Keep up the good work. Thanks
What to not feed ( incorrect food for chickens) ? Which weeds are dangerous ?