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FAQ: Buying a Chicken Feeder

The Best Chicken Feeder for your chicken coop

Dine a Chook Chicken Feeders originally came about because I am a backyard chicken keeper myself. Having purchased other Chicken Feeders I simply had problems all the time. One of the Major issues was wasted Feed. That Cost me time. Also because the food was scattered on the ground we ended up with rodents and pests. So we went off to design our own and the Dine A Chook Chicken feeder was born. 

 Originally tested with my own chickens, the difference was huge. It took the hard work out of keeping backyard poultry. I am committed to sharing the benefits of my feeder with customers world-wide.


What size chicken feeder do I need?

The patented Dine a Chook Chicken Feeder comes in two sizes:

  • 3.5 litres, measuring 540 mm in height
  • 4.7 litres. measuring 720 mm tall 

The only difference between these feeders is the height. The smaller, 3.5 L Dine a Chook feeder was designed for areas with a height restriction. This would include most chicken tractors and many imported coops. An easy guide, if you can't walk inside then the 3.5lt feeder is ideal. 

Our 4.7 L feeder holds approximately 1 kilogram more food than the smaller feeder and we recommend it wherever height is not a restriction.


How many feeders do I need?

One to two birds can use our feeder at any one time. Chickens usually take turns to feed so the food portal is ideal for them. With chickens the main thing is they have access to food all day long and our Feeder manages this. 

Our suggestion is to purchase one feeder for every 6-8 birds. This helps ensure that dominant birds do not prevent weaker ones from feeding.

Our 3.5 Litre Automatic Chicken Feeder should comfortably feed 4 chickens for 4 days, depending on breed, time of year and whether the birds receive treats like mealworms, scratch or kitchen scraps.


Can I use a Dine a Chook Chicken Feeder for other poultry?

Dine a Chook Chicken Feeders are perfect for use with all types of backyard poultry. Simply adjust the mounting height to suit. Our customers also recommend using Dine a Chook Chicken Feeders as:

  • Duck feeders
  • Turkey feeders
  • Guinea fowl feeders
  • Goose feeders
  • And more!

One of our customers even uses her Dine a Chook Feeder as a Rabbit Feeder!


Are Dine a Chook Chicken Feeders Rat-Proof?

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a rat-proof chicken feeder that will get rid of rodents in your chicken coop. Even treadle feeders, cannot prevent rodents from chewing through the feeder or outsmarting the weighted lid. 

Although not rat-proof, the Dine a Chook No-Waste Chicken Feeders are rodent-resistant. The design may prevent easy access by rats. Also, reducing feed waste off the chicken coop floor than a standard feeder, you are no longer providing vermin with a food source. In combination with good coop management, our chicken feeders may deter rats. 

For more information on managing a rodent infestation, please visit our Learning Centre.


How do Dine a Chook Feeders reduce waste?

Dine a Chook Chicken Feeders are designed to reduce wasted feed,. This saves you money so they are a smart investment. The difference is in the specially engineered feeding bay. 

Clever design of the Dine a Chook feeder means your chicken must insert its head into the feeding bay. This restricts neck movement, leading to feed spillage, is limited.

Additionally, our patented feeding bay is fitted with horizontal and vertical paddles. These help prevent raking and sideways thrashing that are common movements when chickens feed. This silo-inspired design effectively prevents chickens from spilling feed on the ground, reducing waste and the cost of keeping hens.


Are Dine a Chook Chicken Feeders waterproof?

Dine a Chook Chicken Feeders are watertight. Made from snap-together PVC parts, our feeders will not leak in wet weather. The patented rain-hood and gutter system protect the feeding bay, providing shelter and redirecting run-off away from the feeder in order to prevent leakage. This system is so effective that it made our own storm-guard redundant!

Tested extensively in heavy rain and tropical storms, our feeders are practically all-weatherproof!