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Here are the answers to our Frequently Asked Questions


Q.  How Many Sizes is the Dine a Chook Feeder Available in?

A.  The Dine a Chook Chicken Feeder is Available in Two sizes.  A 3.5lt and a 4.7lt.  Both Chook Feeders offer the Same Super Tough construction but the height varies. 

The 3.5lt is only 540mm in height and is ideal for Chicken Coops and mobile tractors where you are restricted for height. The 4.7lt large size is taller at 720mm in height.  Where the coop height is not restrictive, we recommend the 4.7lt Chook Feeder for all occasions. 

 

Q. How high should the Feeder be placed off the Ground? 

A. Our feeders should be mounted so they are between 100mm to 150mm off the ground depending on the breed and average height of your chicken. 

 

Q. How many Feeders do you need?

A. Chickens take turns using the Dine a Chook Feeder system. Our suggestion is one feeder between 6 - 8 chickens. Our 3.5lt Feeder should comfortably feed 4 Chickens for 4 days. This may also vary between flocks and may differ on how much scraps you feed your chickens. In cooler Months remember Chickens can consume more. 

 

Q. What about Kitchen scraps?

A. Customers often tell us that they feed their flock a lot of kitchen scraps. Our advice is please do it in moderation. The left overs in your fridge often contain very little in the way on nutrients essential for good health and consistent egg laying. We would all love chocolate daily, but we know this would have a negative effect on our long and short-term health. Treat your chickens the same way. Feed them kitchen scraps in moderation. Ensure their main diet consists of a high quality commercial feed. High Quality Feeds are designed and formulated to maintain the health and wellbeing of your chickens.

 

Q. What type of Feed should you use?

A. Most of our backyard customers are feeding their chickens a mixed grain Feed. This is often the cheapest on the shelf. Chickens however pick what they like, namely corn and sunflower seeds. But the rest is usually wasted. In short, the Birds waste the majority of it and you need to buy more feed. Cheap doesn't always turn out that way. 

Lets look at it like this. If you were a child and were offered a plate of food. On this plate was layers of ice cream with Brussel Sprouts on top. Would you not move the Brussel sprouts out of the way to get the ice cream? You know you would.

This is what happens with chickens. They are given a feed like mixed grain where they can see what is on the menu. They pick out the Sunflower seeds and corn. They then leaving the unwanted feed behind. 

Solve this common problem by feeding your chickens a premium Layer mash. Our preference is Top Layer mash. Also, for those customers that prefer organic feed, look for a crushed product not a feed containing whole seeds.

For the ultimate diet, we recommend a combination of 80% crushed layer mash and 20% Layer Pellets. This is easy to combine in a storage container. A small wheelie bin is perfect and mobile. This combination is a fantastic diet for your birds.


Q. How to Install a Dine a Chook Feeder

Installation is simple. Your feeder is supplied with everything you need for mounting in most situations. Your Dine a Chook feeder has three moulded rear hanging hooks. Only two of these hooks are required. We suggest the top hook and the bottom hook.

Correct height is roughly the back of neck height of your chickens. If your flock consists of different breeds, some taller than others, you should consider the shortest bird. In this situation though we would suggest a second feeder.

Hold the top bracket in place and gently lift the feeder of the bracket. With the bracket held into position, screw it on with one of the supplied screws. Now the bracket is supported, screw in the second screw.

Repeat this process for the second bracket. That’s it, your Dine a Chook feeder is ready to use.

If you find that any of your birds struggle to feed from the unit due to being to high, simply lower the unit by a couple of centimetres.