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The Dine a Chook Chicken Feeder comes in Two Sizes. A 3.5 Litre and a 4.7 Litre.

Both feeders are the same however the height is different.

The 3.5 Litre Dine a Chook feeder was designed to fit in areas where there is a height restriction. For example, most imported Chicken coops and mobile tractors are quite compact are restricted by height, i.e. you cannot walk into this coop. The 3.5 Litre feeder measures only 540mm over in height. In most cases the feeder should be mounted at least 100mm to 150mm off the ground. This height of course is dependent on the breed of chicken.

Our 4.7 Litre Feeder is slightly taller, measuring 720mm overall. It holds approximately one kilogram more in feed and is more suitable if you are not in anyway restricted by height. We would recommend this feeder on all occasions other than those we have mentioned above.

 

How many Feeders do you need?

One bird only will use our feeder at any one time. Two birds can feed from a Dine a Chook feeder but you will find that in a Backyard environment they will take turns. 

Our suggestion is one feeder per 6-8 Chickens. 

You should comfortably feed 4 Chickens for 4 days with one 3.5 Litre Feeder. This does however vary between flocks and may change depending on how much kitchen scraps you feed your chickens. You may also find that in the cooler months your birds will consume more.

 

What about Kitchen scraps

Customers often tell us that they feed their flock a lot of kitchen scraps. Our advice is usually.....do it in moderation! Like anything, to much of something can have a negative effect. Unfortunately 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 to eat a bar of chocolate daily, but we all know this would have a negative effect on our long term...and short-term health. Treat your chickens the same way. Feed them kitchen scraps in moderation and ensure that there main diet consists of a high quality commercial feed that has been formulated to maintain there health and wellbeing.

 

What type of feed should you use?

We find that in 90% of backyard customers that we speak to, our customers are feeding their chickens a mixed grain feed. This is often the cheapest and according to some....'the best looking one'. Chickens generally pick what they like, namely corn and sunflower seeds and ussually waste the rest. You may read this and say....'But my produce store told me that this is the best feed to use'. Of course.....the birds waste heaps of it and you need to buy more feed, more often!

Lets look at it like this. If you were a child and you were offered a plate of food. On this plate was delicious ice cream, though stacked on top of it was a great big pile of Brussel sprouts. Would you not dig through the Brussel sprouts in order to get to the yummy ice cream? You know you would!

This is what happens all too often with chickens. They are given a feed like mixed grain where by they can see exactly what is on the menu. They usually pick out the Sunflower seeds and corn first subsequently leaving the boring bits behind. They will often then go in search of something else because what is left in the feeder is not to their liking......Like the Brussel Sprouts.

Solve this common problem by feeding your chickens a premium Layer mash. Our preference is Top Layer mash, and 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 cheap kids wheelie bin on wheels is perfect! This combination is a fantastic diet for your birds.

How to Install a Dine a Chook Feeder

Installation is simple. Your feeder is supplied with everything you need to correctly mount the unit 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.

The correct height is roughly back of neck height of your chickens. Bear in mind that if your flock consists of different breeds, some being taller than others, you will need to consider the shortest bird. In this situation though we would suggest a second feeder.

Having someone to help you with the next part will make installation a little easier. 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 go!

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.

 

How much feed should be in the feeder?