Skinflint Sunday: Cover your chook food.

This will be a brief one today as I’m racing around getting David2 ready to go to the Monash Uni open day.

The results are in on the Great Chook Pellet Experiment.

Remember when I decided to make it more difficult for the wild birds to steal the chicken food by covering the roof of the small chook pen and securing it to the coop so that any bird (whether chook or pigeon) would have to walk through the coop to get to it?

Before I did this it was taking 6 weeks to use up 3 x 20kg bags of pellets @ $16 a bag.

It now takes 17 weeks to go through the same amount of food.


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5 Responses to Skinflint Sunday: Cover your chook food.

  1. Snoskred says:

    I can imagine you would be very pleased! 🙂

    My chooks have got into the somewhat distressing habit of throwing their food all over the place. Every morning they get a hot mash of pellets because they do not like to eat the pellets unless they are softened up and all cute, like.

    I give it to them in plastic containers and they like to knock them over or get in there and scratch the food out of the containers scattering it all over the place.

    The local doves and magpies think this is an awesome plan. I however am not quite so keen.

    If I put the food inside the coop it will generally get eaten wherever they throw it. However I like them to be outside in the run, in the sun, enjoying the awesomeness. So I just go with the mess and the local birds pick up anything that ends up being thrown out of the run.

  2. Jayne says:

    Much better for the hip pocket!
    We take our chook food away completely and leave the gerls to forage…and dustbathe…and forage…

  3. river says:

    I knew your wallet would be fatter. Yay you!

  4. Urspo says:

    very pleased – indeed!

  5. persiflage says:

    Well done. I bet those marauding wild birds have found other food supplies.

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