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Feeders & Drinkers

How to choose the best feeder or drinker for your poultry

A good feeder and drinker are two of the essentials you will need for your chickens so selecting the right one is important, especially when it comes to making it easy for you to clean and refill.

Firstly, how many birds do you have? For pelleted feed (the most popular) allow 150-200g per bird per day i.e. 5 birds may eat 1kg per day. Do you need a tube feeder or a trough feeder? With legs? Plastic or galvanised? With a rainhat? Treadle or wall mounted?

For the drinker, you should allow 1 litre per day for 3 birds. In the winter they will drink less, as the days are shorter and cooler, but for summer months allow at least one litre per 3 hens. You can choose top-fill, bottom fill; tank drinkers, fountain drinkers; plastic or galvanised each with its own merits as to cost and convenience.