Sunday, July 21, 2013

Great Locally Made Products for Chickens

Yesterday we found some really good products for backyard chicken keepers at the Animal Tuckerbox in Derwent Park. As an added bonus they are made by a local Tasmanian Company.

Automated Chicken Feeder
We bought a chicken feeder online from NZ about 4 years ago. It has been one of the best investments we have made in regards to our chickens. A feeder like this one discourages wild birds and rodents and therefore saves you money in food and keeps your chickens away from animals that may carry diseases.

If you follow the training instructions your chickens will learn how to use it quickly. The only difficulty we had with using a feeder is that we needed to shift from a mixed grain feed to pellets. Our chickens would only eat some of the grains included. This would mean that the feeder filled up with food they wouldn't eat. We shifted to pellets and this resolved this problem.

Automated chicken feeders are not easy to find. This one is made by M&AP which is a local company. It looks well made.  The only note I would make is I am not sure if it is 100% waterproof so you may want to keep it out of the rain. While our feeder from NZ is totally waterproof and a bit more sturdy it is also an additional $50 extra before shipping.
Chicken Drinker
 We bought the M&AP drinker. It looks sturdy and is made from metal and glass. We have been looking for a good drinker for our chickens for some time.

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