Friday, August 5, 2011

A 'myriad' of problems

A 'myriad' of problems were need to be solved in the chook pen.

Myriad definition, a very great or indefinitely great number of persons or things. 

Damn I really wanted to use myriad but as it was I only had two pressing problems that needed to be solved in the chook pen so scratch (pun intended) myriad. Both problems, though,  were solved with the purchase of a chook feeder thingy which (as you can see in the photo) cost me the princely sum of twenty three dollars and eighty cents and should pay for itself in no time flat.

The first problem was the wastage of food. This occured when I would put their food in the piece of guttering you can see in the photo. The problem was that their feed contained molassis soaked sunflower seeds that they went absolutley mad for and in the ensuing rush to get as many sunny seeds as possible they managed to spread the rest of their food all over the place. This was making it easy for regular birds to help themselvs to a feast and costing me a bucket of extra food a week in the process. Since using the feeder I have reduced my feed usage by about half.

My second problem was that now that I am driving day shift in the cab I don't have the spare time to just wander up and feed them any ol' time I like so I needed a semi automatic way of feeding them and now all I need to do is load up the chook feeder with food and there good for three or four days. (Note to self. Must fill chook feeder tomorrow)

So there you have it. Not quite a myriad but a good result none the less.




Tania @ Out Back said...

We would like to get a chook feeder that only the chooks can use. A lot of our food goes to feed the friendly pigeons and sparrows that invite themselves along for a free feed. Then the next day they invite all their friends along!

Hubby is in the process of trying to come up with something so we dont go through so much wheat.

Your chooks are definitely spoilt with molassis flavoured sunflower seeds YUM!

Stewart said...

Hi Tania, them birds sure eat their fair share. The feeder seems to have slowed them down but I suspect it won't be long beford they work it out.
As for the sunny seeds, I'm sure they'd run through a field of foxes to get to them.

Missy said...

We have that type of feeder and it works really well for us. We both work 5 days so had to have a feeder that only needs filling once or twice a week. The pigeons will discover it and come and pinch some though.

Stewart said...

Hi Missy, yes it's great to fill it up an let them look after themselves and yes I don't think it will take the birds long but it's not as easy as once was.

Wild Honey Photography said...

From gutter chooks to a-la-carte.

Stewart said...

I needed to think a bit about the gutter link yes but I get it.

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