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TOP 10 best chicken feeders reviews 2017 – Chicken Feeder Ideas

10 Best Chickens feeder reviews

The job of a bird feeder is a simple one, to deliver feed to whatever bird you own. It is striking then that there can be so much variation in feeders. Whether it is their design, with some feeders opting to be short and wide and others choosing a tall and thin enclosure for its feed, or it is the kind of features that a feeder might have, which are too many to list here. All these combinations of sizes and features can be quite intimidating to a first-time buyer, or even someone who hasn't bought a feeder in a while.

To make this easier I have put together a list of the top 10 poultry feeders available today. More than this though, this list gives a guide to the different kinds of feeders and how their different design features will be suitable for different needs. So it doesn't matter if you are a first-time breeder looking for a low capacity feeder or you are looking to upgrade to a high capacity feeder there will be something on this list for you

Criteria - What make the best chicken feeders

Despite there being a lot of variation in feeders there are a few things that anyone looking to buy a feeder should be looking out for.

The first of these is the cost of a feeder. It is important when looking for a feeder to have an idea of the kind of budget you have in mind. It might be nice to get a feeder with all the whistles and bells, but you might end up finding out that you have spent a lot more money than you anticipated to get this.

Instead of just buying the most expensive feeder it is perhaps better to make a note of the kind of features that you think are a high priority for you and look for feeders that specialize in this. It is for this reason that the features that a feeder offers are second on my list of criteria. The final thing that it is important to look out for when choosing a feeder is the quality of construction.

The quality of a feeder may not seem to make that much difference at first but you will find that in the long run, slight differences in construction can be what changes a feeder that lasts for a lifetime to a feeder that will last a few months. These three criteria go a long way to deciding where each feeder has placed on this list and as a prospective buyer should be things you look out for when looking for a feeder.

​Features

​Before starting the individual reviews of each feeder there a few features of each feeder that it is important to be aware of. These will be covered in more detail in the reviews. However, it is a good idea to have these in mind when looking at any feeder.

Plastic or metal construction. Most feeders will either come made of plastic or out of galvanized metal. The main difference this causes is one in cost. While metal construction can increase the quality of the feeder, making it more secure and in some cases longer lasting, it will always cost more than its plastic counterpart. So the question here is if you are willing to spend more on the slight increase in quality.

Fixed or portable. This relates in part to the size of the feeder but also in any additional portability features some feeders might have. The real question here is whether you see yourself moving your feeder very often. If so it is important to check if the feeder needs to be mounted to something or can be free standing.

High or low capacity. Obviously if you only have a small number of birds you should go for a low capacity feeder; however, if you have many there is still a choice to be made. For some, it can be worth buying a few medium capacity feeders rather than one large capacity feeder. This will mean that you can make sure your feed is distributed more evenly. However, most will find a large capacity feeder to be more cost effective and less labor intensive.

Automatic chicken feeder or Manual chicken feeder?

​10 Best Chicken Feeders Reviews

​​So now that you know what to look for these are my top 10 poultry feeders.

​1. Emperor Feeder with Wooden Legs & Pan Feeder

Emperor Feeder with Wooden Legs & Pan Feeder

Image via: solwayfeeders

​Most of the higher placing feeders on this list find a niche and do a very good job of filling it, excelling in a particular area rather than trying to do everything. The Solway Emperor is different to these as it is a quality feeder that does a bit of everything. Its design is compact enough that this can be a portable feeder while still having a large enough capacity to hold up to 50kg of feed.

Moreover, it’s two feed containers mean that you can be diverse in the kind of feed use you use, allowing you to feed a variety of birds at the same time. Another useful feature that this feeder has is its smart rainwater collector that lets you turn your feeder into a waterer as well with the use of a hose pipe.

The most important factor with this feeder is that it does all of these things well. It is solidly constructed from UV proof plastic meaning this a feeder that, as well as having a number of useful features, will stand the test of time as well. The only major downside to this feature is its price. If you were so inclined, you could possibly buy three separate feeders for the job this one does, that said they would be as well designed or last as long as the Solway Emperor.

What we like

  • Versatile
  • Well made
  • Useful extra features

What we don't like:

  • Expensive
  • No rain cover

​Features and Features

  • Plastic construction
  • Rainwater collection
  • Adjustable height
  • 63cm x 52cm Weight 5kg

Editor's Rating Ccores

9 /10

This is a feeder for: Someone who doesn't mind paying a bit extra for a feeder ready for any situation

2. ​Eton Galvanised Treadle Feeder, 12 kg

Eton Galvanised Treadle Feeder, 12 kg

​If you are looking choose the security of a galvanized metal feeder over the practicality of a plastic feeder you will have to make sacrifices in some areas. The Eton wall mounted hopper feeder is a galvanized metal feeder, and as such shares some of the drawbacks that metal feeders have however, it has several key differences that separate it from other galvanized metal feeders.

The first main difference this feeder has is its size. At a capacity of 2kg, it is an incredibly small feeder. This may seem like a hindrance for some, but to others, the small size is more than enough if you are only keeping a small number of birds. Moreover reducing the capacity of this feeder means that it is one of the cheapest galvanized metal feeders on this list. Another key difference is the wall mount feature this feeder has.

This allows you to save space by mounting your feeder on the wall rather than bulkier free standing options. As galvanized metal feeders tend to be a bit bulkier than their plastic counterparts reduces one of the major drawbacks to having a metal feeder. The beauty of this feeder is that it manages to take what is traditionally a disadvantage for galvanized metal feeders and make them into advantages. While it may not be the best feeder for everyone out there, if this feeder does fit your needs it could well be one of the best small chicken grit feeders you can get for your money.

What we like

  • Compact
  • Cheap
  • Secure

What we don't like:

  • Not very water resistant

​Features and Features

  • Metal construction
  • Wall mounted
  • 24 x 15cm Weight 2kg

Editor's Rating Ccores

8 /10

​This is a feeder for: someone who wants a sturdy feeder for a great price

​3. King Feeder with Rain Cover

King Feeder with Rain Cover

​If you are planning to breed poultry from egg to adulthood, your choice of feeder can be problematic as it is unclear whether you should invest in a small or large feeder. Some large feeders can be too big for small birds and chicks, and birds may find themselves outgrowing smaller feeders. Here the Solway King feeder attempts to solve this problem by creating a larger feeder that is still accessible to birds at all stages of development.

One of the problems with some smaller feeders is that your birds may be able to scratch at the feeder to get more feed. This can be a problem because the bird will be overfed, and you will end up spending more on extra feed. This feeder prevents that problem by engineering a system whereby it is impossible for your birds to do this.

It also comes with a large rain cover capable of protecting larger birds and a capacity of up to 25kg of feed. For a plastic feeder, this is one of the more solidly built ones, ensuring that this is a feeder that will be around for as long as you need it. Meaning this modest investment is the only one that you will need

What we like

  • Good price
  • Versatile

What we don't like:

  • Quite large

​Features and Features

  • Rain cover
  • Plastic construction
  • Trickle mechanism
  • 55cm x 63cm Weight 3kg

Editor's Rating Ccores

7 /10

This is a feeder for: Anyone looking for a feeder that will take them from chick to adult and beyond

​4. 2 Hole - Chicken / Poultry Bucket Feeder

2 Hole - Chicken / Poultry Bucket Feeder

​The muddy hill farm feeder may look normal as it is coming out of its packaging, but once you get to using it, you will notice that this feeder has a unique design. The feeder itself is made from a simple plastic and is fairly easy to fill its moderate capacity. The uniqueness of its design lies in its feeding mechanism.

Rather than having exposed feed that can be contaminated by poor weather and vermin, the Muddy hill farm feeder stores its food internally with an opening big enough for most birds but small enough not to let anything else in the feeder. This design innovation means that this feeder has a number of benefits. Primarily this is because the unit itself becomes very compact compared to other exterior feeding units, with no awkward additional components.

This means that this feeder can be a very versatile and maneuverable without sacrificing security. Unfortunately, this interior feeding mechanism means that this feeder cannot service many birds at once so while it is a good feeder for anyone with a small number of birds, it is perhaps not as useful for those looking to feed many birds

What we like

  • Unique design
  • Waterer included

What we don't like:

  • Cannot be used by any birds at the same time

​Features and Features

  • 10kg capacity
  • Plastic construction
  • Specifications 22 x 33 cm Weight 18kg

Editor's Rating Ccores

7 /10

This is a feeder for: Anyone who wants a unique feeder for a small number of birds

5. Solway Blenheim Feeder with Outdoor Rain Cover

Solway Blenheim Feeder with Outdoor Rain Cover

​Small capacity feeders can be very handy. If you only have a small number of birds to feed you can have a feeder that is compact enough for small cages, and portable enough that you can move your feeder anywhere you want with minimal effort. The Blenheim feeder is great for exactly this. It has a built in handle so it is easy to carry and it is constructed from light plastic, so it takes minimal effort to move even with a full load of feed.

As well as this the design of the feeder is adjustable to fit many birds from chicks to adulthood, although for larger birds the rain cover can get in the way slightly. The trickle feeding mechanism it uses is effective at making sure feed is only distributed when it is needed, and waste is prevented.The 6kg it can carry is not a huge amount of feed, and the light construction can leave some finding this feeder a bit on the flimsy side compared to its bulkier counterparts, but overall this is a very solid feeder.

What we like

  • Cheap
  • Portable
  • Adjustable

What we don't like:

  • Low capacity
  • Not as sturdy as others

​Features and Features

  • Rain cover
  • Plastic construction
  • Trickle feeding mechanism
  • Specifications 38x38cm Weight 3kg

Editor's Rating Ccores

6 /10

This is a feeder for: Anyone who wants an inexpensive entry level feeder

​6. High End Hen Poultry Feeder and Waterer

High End Hen Poultry Feeder and Waterer

​For some feeders it is easy to describe what sets them apart from each other a higher feed capacity or a better quality of construction. The Rugged high-end poultry feeder is not so easy. It costs marginally more than other comparable feeders on this list and yet still features reasonably highly. Why is this? As far as the statistics go this is a fairly nondescript feeder. It is constructed from a strong plastic, it has a capacity that is at the higher end of medium feeders, and it has a roof that offers a moderate amount of rain protection.

The thing that this feeder offers is something that cannot be described by only listing its statistics and features, style. Style cannot be overlooked when choosing a feeder, after all, you are going to be looking at it almost every day. And while this feeder may not be to everyone's taste it does have a unique, quirky look that no other feeder has. This combined with its adequate features might be enough to push you into spending a little extra on the rugged high-end poultry feeder, and it would not be a bad purchase

What we like

  • Good capacity
  • Unique look

What we don't like:

  • Awkward to fit
  • Could have a better rain cover

​Features and Features

  • Plastic construction
  • 3kg capacity
  • Specifications 22 x 77cm Weight 2kg

Editor's Rating Ccores

6 /10

This is a feeder for: Anyone looking for a nice looking medium capacity feeder

​7. Galvanised (40kg) Tube Feeder with Top Hat Rain Cover

Galvanised (40kg) Tube Feeder with Top Hat Rain Cover

​By and large, most feeders come in two sizes. Small capacity or bigger and more heavy duty, with the latter usually costing more than the former.The Solway 40gk Tube Feeder is exactly that, and when it comes to heavy duty feeders the Solway Galvanised feeder is undeniably on the heavy end of the spectrum. It boasts a 40kg capacity, enough for most moderate coops and is made from a galvanized metal meaning even the hungriest birds won't be able to damage this feeder.

As well as this it has a large rain cover and a drip feeding mechanism to make sure your birds only get feed as and when they need it. While this feeder is definitely only suitable for outdoor use it is pretty much bomb proof. Its size and metal construction is probably too much for smaller birds or chicks, so if you are looking to breed chickens from the egg, you might have to get this feeder in conjunction with something smaller or look to other medium sized options.

What we like

  • Sturdy
  • Good features

What we don't like:

  • Limited use

​Features and Features

  • Rain cover
  • Metal construction
  • Drip feeder
  • Specifications 64cm x 75.5cm Weight 7kg

Editor's Rating Ccores

6 /10

This is a feeder for: Anyone looking for a robust outdoor feeder for mature poultry

​You can check the price here

​8. Lixit Chicken Feeder or Waterer

Lixit Chicken Feeder or Watere

​In many ways, this feeder is unlike any other on the list. Primarily because instead of offering a long-term feeding solution this offers an interesting prospect to first time breeders. Shopping around for the right feeder for you can take some time and should not be rushed, however, if you already have chicks on they way and you need a feeder you want something that will do the job and won't break the bank. The Lixit Chicken Feeder is exactly this.

Having this low price means the capacity of the feeder is not the biggest. For adult and larger birds, you will find you will have to refill the feeder at least once a day. However, for chicks this feeder will perform very well and can be adapted to be used as a waterer too, meaning if you decide to upgrade your feeder you can keep this as a waterer and possibly an emergency feeder should you have any problems with your other feeder. Because this feeder only works as a temporary solution, I haven't given it a higher ranking on the list although I would definitely recommend buying this feeder as for the cost it is worth the peace of mind

What we like

  • Cheap
  • Small
  • Light

What we don't like:

  • Fragile

​Features and Features

  • Reversible base
  • Specifications 25 x 19 cm Weight 2kg

Editor's Rating Ccores

5 /10

This is a feeder for: Anyone who needs a quick fix while in between or looking for a new feeder

If you are from UK you can purchase this feeder here 

​9. Shorefields Plastic Poultry Feeder 20 kg

Shorefields Plastic Poultry Feeder 20 kg

​When looking for a feeder it is often important to look beyond the features that are available and see how a feeder will fare in the long run. The Shorefields 20kg plastic feeder is a clear example of this. As a medium cost feeder, it has a lot going for it. The 20kg capacity is a fair amount and should be sufficient for most users. Its drip feed works well and distributes its feed efficiently. At first, this seems like good value for money; however there are some niggles with the design that some users may find will put them off this feeder.

The first of these is its roof, or lack thereof, while the feed is protected from rain by the size of the container in some cases drips or heavy rain can compromise the feed, creating problems for the feeder. As well as this there are some design flaws to this feeder too. The lack of adjustability of the stand means you are limited to where you place your feeder. Moreover, the way that the legs of the feeder are positioned can make the feeder difficult to access. These may seem like small complaints, but they are the kind of thing that sets a good feeder back from being a great feeder

What we like

  • Compact

What we don't like:

  • No roof
  • Cumbersome design

​Features and Features

  • Plastic construction drip feeder
  • Specifications 49.6 x 37.6 cm Weight  2.8kg

Editor's Rating Ccores

5 /10

This is a feeder for: Anyone trying to keep a large volume of feed in a compact unit

View this feeder on amazon here

​10. Miller Manufacturing PHF22 22-Pound Plastic Hanging Feeder, Red

Miller Manufacturing PHF22 22-Pound Plastic Hanging Feeder

​The miller feeder has a lot in common with other feeders. It costs about the same as many other feeders at its capacity, and it also has a similar kind of plastic construction for feeders at the same price range. Where it differs from other feeders is that it offers a hanging feature as well as having a special lip to prevent feed from being dropped outside of the feeder.

Unfortunately, these do not do enough to separate it from other feeders in this price range as it also lacks some features that one would come to expect. The lack of a protective hood means this feeder is susceptible to water damage and its plastic construction can feel a little flimsy compared to some other plastic feeders. It is remarkably light and maneuverable, so if this is the main thing you are looking for in a low-cost feeder this may be for you, but otherwise I would recommend steering clear of this feeder

What we like

  • Maneuverable

What we don't like:

  • No rain protection
  • Flimsy

​Features and Features

  • Plastic construction
  • Anti-scratch
  • Specifications42 x 40cm Weight 2 kg

Editor's Rating Ccores

4 /10

This is a feeder for: Anyone who prioritizes maneuverability above all else

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Jeanne
 

My name is Jeanne. I'm a homesteader who loves to inspire others to return to their roots, learn new skills, and embark on their own homestead journey.

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