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Using your Waste-Reducing Chicken Feeder | Dine a Chook FAQs

How to get the most out of your Dine a Chook Chicken Feeder 

 

Dine a Chook is a family-owned company dedicated to providing top-quality service and products to backyard chicken keepers in the UK, Australia and beyond. Our Chicken Feeders are designed to address the flaws in other common feeder designs and exceed expectations of performance and durability.

To get the most out of your Dine a Chook Chicken Feeder, please refer to the FAQ below.

We are committed to maintaining the highest possible standard of customer service. If you have a question about your Dine a Chook Chicken Feeder that is not answered here, please contact us through the website and we will be happy to assist you.


What is the best chicken feed for use with a Dine a Chook feeder? 

We find that 90% of our customers choose mixed-grain to feed their backyard poultry. This is usually the cheapest feed on the market, and the “best looking” one. However, the variety of a grain mix means that it encourages selective feeding – chickens generally pick out what they like, wasting the rest in the process. This makes the cheap price of the feed misleading, as you need to buy more of it to replace that which is wasted - little wonder that many feed stores recommend this type of grain mix to their customers! It is also a problem because it means that your chooks are not getting the balanced diet that they need.

Chickens are like children. Imagine you offered a child a plate of delicious strawberries, topped with a big pile of Brussels sprouts. No doubt the child would dig through the sprouts to get to the strawberries! This is just what happens with chickens and a grain mix. They can see their favorite parts of the mix, and scatter the feed on the floor while picking out things like, corn and sunflower seeds. They then go searching for something else because what is left in the feeder isn’t to their liking, while the feed on the floor rots and attracts vermin.

Dine a Chook Waste-Reducing Chicken Feeders are most effective when used with a crumbed or pelleted feed. While these feeds might not look as appealing, they discourage selective feeding and ensure that your chickens are receiving the nutrition they need. This will not only save you money on wasted feed, it may help rodent-proof your pen!

 

How do I to install a Dine a Chook No Waste Chicken Feeder in my chicken coop?

Installing your Dine a Chook Feeder is easy. Everything you need to mount the feeder in almost any situation is supplied in the complementary Dine a Chook Mounting Kit.

Mounting your feeder using the in-built mounting hooks:

Your Dine a Chook Chicken Feeder has 3 moulded rear hooks. Only two of these hooks are required to mount the feeder. We suggest the top and bottom hook.

These hooks can be used to mount the feeder directly in many modern chicken coops, provided that the wire mesh or other support is strong enough to hold the feeder.

Mounting your feeder using the complementary Mounting Kit:

If you cannot mount your Dine a Chook Feeder using the mounting hooks, we have provided a Mounting Kit containing steel brackets and screws to suit any situation. The steel brackets are custom-sized to fit the mounting hooks on the body of the feeder, and the screws can be used with a standard drill bit to fix the brackets to either wood or metal surfaces.

Simply hold the brackets onto the top and bottom mounting hooks and situate your feeder at the correct height (see above). Mark the bracket locations, or simply hold the top bracket in place and remove the feeder. Screw the bracket into place and repeat with the second bracket. That’s it, your Dine a Chook Feeder is ready to go! 


How high off the ground should my feeder be?

Our feeders are designed to be mounted at “chicken height” for best results. This allows the patented design to prevent spillage and may also deter rodents, mice and wild birds more effectively, helping to vermin-proof your chicken coop. 

Obviously, chicken height will vary depending on breed. Generally we recommend the feeder be mounted level with the back of the bird's neck in order to allow comfortable feeding - this will be somewhere between 100 and 150 mm above the floor. In flocks of different breeds, you need to mount the feeder so it is accessible to the smallest bird. In such cases, a second feeder mounted for larger birds is recommended. If you find that birds struggle to access the feeder, it may need to be lowered by 1-2 cm.

If you have a severe rodent infestation, we recommend that you install your chicken feeder above chicken height and provide a “step” for chickens, such as a brick of block, to allow them to access the feed.

 

Where should I install my Dine a Chook Chicken Feeder?

Although Dine a Chook Feeders are designed to be as water-tight and weather-proof as possible, we recommend installation in a sheltered area where practical. Installation inside the chicken coop rather than in the run or yard will ensure that feed is better protected from rain and weather. If installing in a position that will receive heavy rain, do not worry. My 3 feeders constanly cop heavy downpours here in North Queensland. I am always happy to see how effective the rain gutter is. Mind you, I did spend many hours perfecting it!

 

How often do I need to fill my Dine a Chook Feeder?

The amount of feed consumed by your chickens will determine how often your feeder needs to be refilled. As a general guide, our 3.5 Litre Feeder will feed 4 chickens for 4 days, while our 4.7 Litre Feeder will feed 6 chooks for 4 days. However, the amount of feed consumed by your chickens will vary depending on their age and breed, as well as the time of year, so you should check your feeder regularly until a feeding pattern has been established.   

  

How much feed should be in the feeder?

Dine a Chook Chicken Feeders will function perfectly well no matter how little or how much feed is in them.