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According to the maker of Dine-a-Chook chicken feeders their new PVC feeder is much improved - or is it?

This very popular selling chicken feeder seems to have had quite a substantial makeover with its new twist handle top lid for easy removal, moulded hooks for easy fixing to a wall or cage, and a dynamic new shiny storm cover to keep the feed dry; however the modification I am most interested in is the feed chamber/outlet itself.

Apparently, the feed chamber (where the chicken actually gets the feed from) has been redesigned to help stop the feed from being raked out all over the ground. This was a major problem with their previous PVC feeder and an issue which caused me to discontinue using the product. Interestingly, the previous feeder was also marketed as a "feed saving no mess" chicken feeder but when I mentioned the issues I had with their feeder to the manufacturer (Ryan) he suggested it was my fault for not placing the feeder at the correct height for my hens - whatever that would be... So, I did try altering the feeders height up down... up down... but nothing worked and my hens kept raking the feed out until there was a delightful mess all over the ground under the feeder itself.

This new design supposedly has a vertical divider and horizontal paddle to negate the hens from raking or throwing the feed out of the feeder as they eat. They claim their new PVC feeder is a "true no waste feeder" (this time) and in their promo video it states "virtually no wasted feed" so if these statements are indeed correct then that's good news! I guess the bewildering thing for me is if there wasn't any problem with the way their previous feeder delivered feed then why did they need to improve it? Touché...

My old Dine-a-Chook PVC chicken feeder still sits empty on our coop wall like a relic from the past and I don't intend to replace it with the upgraded model but that's not to say the new design doesn't work as stated it's just that I'm a little bit sceptical. I actually have two separate brand name PVC feeders and both are messy so for now I've resorted to my own very basic DIY feeder design, which works rather well (if I do say so myself) here it is on our forum.     

Honestly, there's no doubt it's a great looking feeder and they have made some really innovating design improvements, which shows that the manufacturer is listening to feedback and genuinely trying to create the best feeder possible. Does this PVC feeder really work though... that's the question and one can only answer it by trialling it themselves.   

I would need some pretty good convincing before I lashed out and purchased another Dine-a-Chook, but feel free to leave a comment or give your experiences (particularly if you own this new feeder) on how good (or otherwise) it works for you and your flock.

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  1. Colin

We purchased two of the new design dine-a-chook feeders - we have 4 birds so a bit of an over kill. We used to have well over 20 doves / pidgeons hanging around the food bowls. We installed these two weeks ago and the doves are gone - we get a...

We purchased two of the new design dine-a-chook feeders - we have 4 birds so a bit of an over kill. We used to have well over 20 doves / pidgeons hanging around the food bowls. We installed these two weeks ago and the doves are gone - we get a tiny amount of spillage now - you can hardly see any wastage.

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  1. Lin
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Im happy with it. My chooks can still peck a little feed out of it but its nothing I'm too concerned about comparing the mess to a traditional feeder. I have the feeder in an enclosure so the wind factor is minimal when it rains but there is...

Im happy with it. My chooks can still peck a little feed out of it but its nothing I'm too concerned about comparing the mess to a traditional feeder. I have the feeder in an enclosure so the wind factor is minimal when it rains but there is still rain that gets into the enclosure. So far, the feeder has managed to keep the food dry enough. I am contemplating getting a 2nd feeder to prepare for a trip away.

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  1. Mark Valencia    Lin

Hi Lin, thanks heaps for commenting and giving us your thoughts on this feeder as it's very helpful to those who are considering buying one for their flock.

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  1. Susan

I'm happy with their drinkers but not the feeders. I have Hamburgs which have rosecombs and I find the hens (small rose combs) can usually cope but the roosters have a hard time getting their combs into the contraption. Feed sits very low in...

I'm happy with their drinkers but not the feeders. I have Hamburgs which have rosecombs and I find the hens (small rose combs) can usually cope but the roosters have a hard time getting their combs into the contraption. Feed sits very low in the base and boys can't reach it. I also have 1 single comb hen and she too seems not to cope with the feed saving contraption. And of course what height? I have had to adjust to rooster height and provide the hens with a brick to stand on.
Despite what I was told in my phone call, I'm not convinced the chooks find it easy to use. yes I have had chooks 25 years so I do know what they are like! I propped these up in the corner for a few days til the chooks figured it out and am inclined to think maybe a permanent angled set up would be better. But the the feed doesn't drop down so well so it's all too much ......
I'm considering getting the other brand name feeder but after reading above, maybe I should just saving my money? Or maybe I should cut the rainsaver extension off these ones?

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  1. Mark Valencia    Susan

Hi Susan, I didn't see your comment until now (so sorry) but thanks for your feedback on the feeder it's very constructive and informative! I can't really answer your questions on improving access for your hens although I'm sure someone like you...

Hi Susan, I didn't see your comment until now (so sorry) but thanks for your feedback on the feeder it's very constructive and informative! I can't really answer your questions on improving access for your hens although I'm sure someone like you with such experience in poultry will find a solution.

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  1. Mark Valencia

Hi Netty, thank you for detailing your experience with the new DineAChook feeder this type of first hand user information is very interesting to me personally and valuable to people who are considering buying this type of chicken feeder!

Thanks...

Hi Netty, thank you for detailing your experience with the new DineAChook feeder this type of first hand user information is very interesting to me personally and valuable to people who are considering buying this type of chicken feeder!

Thanks again, cheers :smile:

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  1. Netty

I've bought the new type of feeder and have had no issues with spillage or gravity. I have issues with horizontal rain (on a windy hill) and found that the feed did get wet despite the rain cover, which of course meant it had to be cleaned out. ...

I've bought the new type of feeder and have had no issues with spillage or gravity. I have issues with horizontal rain (on a windy hill) and found that the feed did get wet despite the rain cover, which of course meant it had to be cleaned out.

For me the biggest asset is that I'm no longer feeding the vermin and pigeons. Although one issue is the height needed - I've got a mix flock with a bantem and sussex.

I made a gravity feeder which worked okay but the mice could still access the feed and the rain was a constant problem, so the DineAChook has worked in that regard.

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  1. Mark Valencia

Hi Kaite, thanks for letting us know about your experience with the latest Dine-a-Chook feeder. We are currently working on a "Reviews Section" here on SSM and once we have it running it would be great if you (and others) could write a review on...

Hi Kaite, thanks for letting us know about your experience with the latest Dine-a-Chook feeder. We are currently working on a "Reviews Section" here on SSM and once we have it running it would be great if you (and others) could write a review on this feeder.

Cheers

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  1. kaite

I have a new DineAChook feeder and it seems to work well for my flock of 2 Light Sussex hens. There is no spillage at all and they go through about 2 kg of feed a week using it. I have to top up about ⅓ of it every weekend. Fortunately my 2 girls...

I have a new DineAChook feeder and it seems to work well for my flock of 2 Light Sussex hens. There is no spillage at all and they go through about 2 kg of feed a week using it. I have to top up about ⅓ of it every weekend. Fortunately my 2 girls are very friendly with each other as they do have to take turns using it though. I wouldn't want more than 3 hens sharing it.

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