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When you're away what's the best watering/feeding system ..& also those Auto-Doors??

Ok, so am not going on any hols lol!!

it's just that over the summer I do bit of work away which might take me a week or 10days at a time & I can't rely too heavily on the remaining male members of the clann to know my chooks will come first!!!

SO, has anyone nailed it, that perfect long-ish term constant waterer? Or the feed silo that won't let them down?

Obviously someone is going to be in the general vicinity & collect eggs but if say, a few days went by how can I be sure they won't be starving & dehydrated (the hens I mean)?

FInally, y'know those automatic doors/hatches, timed to open & shut with sunrise & sunset .. well I have a converted garden shed, can I fit one to it's door or front wall? Does it operate fully automatically? Anyone got one?

Huge thanks in advance!!
HC.

HippyChick
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

hi happy chick , i find a good friend or family member is worth ther waight in gold . take them up a few days before u go and let them help u feed and shut the birds in and to make things easy for the pirson who is looking after ur birds get some 3ol plastic drinkers and fill them up i use 3 Novital 30 Litre Drinker On Legs. and 2 68Kg Pinnacle Outdoor Poultry & Gamebird Feeder. and i just aske them to keep a check that they are toped up . keep it simple for them and dont expect someone else to do things exatly as u would . also get a back up of feed just in case they run out .

gerards
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Check this out for doors.
http://www.microchipcatflaps.co.uk/

Bea

Bea
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

pm'd you hc!

js2010
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

I have an old belfast sink with a water supply using a ballcock to stop the overflow, always giving the lads clean water.

eithne
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

pm'd u back js

HippyChick
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Thanks everyone, tho am not so sure I'd go to the expense of micro-chipping all my hens Bea, great idea for cats alright!
Ballcock of course, never thought of that, using a waterbutt or something, thanks Eithne.
Gerard, have great neighbours, & more to the point they're interested... I guess I was aiming to make the job easier on them or if they had to go away for a day or wk/end etc. But you're right, they're invaluable, those larger feeders/drinkers worth considering too.
Thks all.
Anyone had experience with those timer doors??

HippyChick
Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Hi hippychick,
we have one of the timer doors, and may i say its the best investment we ever made. We bought it on line from england, The best advice is to set it to close 2 hours after dark, because theres always one dirty stop out!;)
Buy one with a timer rather than a light sensor - you have more control. you will have to adjust the timer once a month as evenings get longer or shorter. Ours is set to open at 8am or 9 in deep winter. BUY ONE!
Catmanzu

Catmanzu1
Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Sounds like just what I need Catmanzu...do you remember the website you got it on or the exact product name by any chance?
much appreciated

jools
Friday, March 11th, 2011

I had a Titan Incubator automatic door opener and it lasted only about eight months before the sensor and display screen went and it started opening the door in the middle of the night, and wouldn't close at nightfall. I'm lucky I didn't wake up to a fox attack. It had a mind of it's own so I had to stop using it. Titan wouldn't believe me when I told them, and wanted me to send them pics of my set-up, and of the back motherboard while the engine was running with a counterweight of so many grammes, they also wanted me to carry out other tests with the sensor... basically jobs an engineer would do. I did all the tests and it still wouldnít work. I sent it back and they sent me a new one but refused to refund my postage. They told me there was nothing wrong with it...they never believed me in the first place. Poor customer service with a useless product. I have heard that ChickenGaurd are brilliant, so I will be buying from them in future. On a positive note, I swear by having a reliable one. It beats getting up at 5am in the middle of the summer to let the girls out.
Also, expensive, but Grandpa's Feeders are great also I have the buckets with the chicken nipples on them for water.

fonkymc
Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

This post is 7 years old

Adam1
Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Just to say, I have chicken guard extreme, I bought the door kit from them as well, in Three years once only the door stuck with the snow. It doesn't come cheap though.

Adam1
Wednesday, May 16th, 2018


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