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FAQ: Buying a chicken feeder | Dine a Chook ®

How to choose the best Chicken Feeder for your chicken coop

Dine a Chook Chicken Feeders originally came about because as a backyard chicken keeper myself I was so tired of the problems caused by normal chicken feeders. The biggest nuisance was the kilos of wasted feed, which cost me money, made a mess and attracted rodents and other pests.

The original Dine a Chook Feeder was product tested with my own chickens, and I cannot describe the difference it made. It took the hard work out of keeping backyard poultry and I am committed to sharing the benefits of my feeder with customers world-wide.


Please look at the answers to Frequently Asked Questions below to determine the best Dine a Chook Chicken Feeder for your chicken coop. I have advised hundreds of clients, so if you require further information please contact me through the website.


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, such as chicken tractors and many imported coops. If you cannot walk into your chicken coop, you probably need a 3.5 L feeder.

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 chicken feeders do I need?

One to two birds can use our feeder at any one time, thought in a backyard environment you will find that chickens usually take turns to feed. This is not a problem as long as birds have free access to feed all day long.

Our suggestion is to purchase one feeder for every 6-8 birds, in order to ensure that more 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 happy 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 feeders marketed as rat-proof, such as treadle feeders, cannot prevent rodents from chewing through the feeder or outsmarting the weighted lid. I cannot count the number of times that customers have contacted me, complaining about a “rat-proof” chicken feeder that did not live up to its name.

Although they are not rat-proof, all Dine a Chook No-Waste Chicken Feeders are rodent-resistant. The design may prevent easy access by rats and, even more importantly, by reducing feed waste and keeping more feed off the chicken coop floor than a standard feeder, you are no longer providing vermin with an easy food source. In combination with good coop management, our chicken feeders may deter rats and prevent pest rodents from taking up residence in your chicken coop.

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, saving you money and preventing spilled feed from attracting rats and other vermin. The difference between our feeders and other designs lies in the specially engineered feeding bay.

To begin with, in order to use a Dine a Chook feeder, your chicken must insert its head into the feeding bay, which should be mounted at about head height. This means that neck movement, leading to feed spillage, is limited.

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


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!