Sturdy backyard trough is a perfect backyard feeder for your flock. Made of durable galvanized steel, it has a thick wire scratch guard on top to prevent spilling. Wire legs allow you to set feeder on ground so up to 16 chickens can feed at once; legs convert to hanger to hang up off the floor to keep cleaner. Wire guard lifts up to fill. 15-3/4" x 5" x 4" deep. Holds about 5 lbs of feed.
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Wash with warm water and mild detergent. Scrub with brush
. Rinse with warm water and dry thoroughly.
Chickens are omnivores, which mean they eat both plants and animals (insects, eggs, snakes, even meat at times). Feed made especially for chickens is a good all-around food with all the nutrients your chickens need. But like any other bird, chickens crave variety, and get excited when they see something new to crunch, nibble on, or forage.
Here are some ways to provide your chickens with the variety they need:
- Offer grit both to aid digestion and to help increase calcium intake for sturdier eggshells.
- Give your hens treats they like made especially for chickens with what's good for them and what they love.
- Offer mealworms, a chicken-favorite, to supplement other insects your chickens may forage in the yard. Mealworms are also a great winter food when insects are not around.
- Always offer fresh vegetables (spinach, kale, peas, for example), fruits (like apples, pineapple) and even herbs such as cilantro and rosemary. To add some fun to feeding time, let them forage for their healthy treats from a toy that looks like an apple or put larger pieces of vegetables or fruits into a cage treat feeder made especially for chickens.
If your chickens are hesitant about new foods, be creative. Offer new foods in separate feeders
, for instance, or in toys made specifically to hold treats