You must have considered lifting chicken feeders, but maybe not the secret benefits of raising feeders. Interestingly, people advise this but many farmers are still unable to figure out exactly why.
Benefit from Lifting Chicken Feeders
For exercise and strength of the leg
What do the benefits of lifting chicken feeders have to do with that?
I know you may wonder about the heavy local/indigenous chickens and yet they don’t actually lift their feeders. That would be a nice thing to say but you also realize these chickens are not living in confinement.
Chickens elevated in confinement have little or no room to engage in healthy exercises. Putting their feeders onto the floor level would add to their laziness for this reason.
You’ll understand that broiler chickens tend to lie on their breast and feed from the floor if allowed. If you allow this, your broilers are most likely to develop problems with the legs due to their low leg activity.
- Stimulates vertical growth – elevation
That’s another advantage of lifting feeders for chicken but I know you want to ask me how. Knew stretching was one of the known ways to grow taller? Even amongst humans. There’s that tendency that chickens will grow taller than those that don’t stretch out a little while feeding.
To make matters worse, if a chicken isn’t big to eat, then it’s bending. Such chickens have no reason to grow taller, of the environment at least.
Food is also connected to life, so if a chicken needs to be tall to eat at all times, then the brain informs him that if it doesn’t grow taller, one day there may be no food. That is what I think.
This does not however mean that you are stressing your chickens by raising the feeder above the normal level.
Chicken feeder lifting is for hygiene / Prevention of diseases
That is almost the simplest and most understood reason to raise feeders for chicken. The closer your chicken feeders are to the ground, the more likely they are contaminated by the feed.
Contamination here is by chicken feces, which may hold some sick chicken infections and can easily spread to healthy chickens.
Chickens raised in deep litter also often play with the bedding/litter material. When placed on the floor the litter material quickly gets into the feeder.
If your feeders are raised you won’t find much of the litter material in their feed.
To reduce wastage from feed
Talking about the benefits of raising the feeders for chicken, I think you won’t want to joke with this one. That’s because it directly impacts the poultry sector economically. If allowed, your chickens are going to do all sorts of things on their feed.
I often get pissed when I do my best to get the best performance of a very expensive feed, just to see my chickens dispersing everything on the ground like some cheap food. But no more, I no longer joke with raising feeders for my chickens.
How to lift Feeders for Chicken
When raising chicken feeders, the rule of thumb is to utilize their present height. You need to elevate the feeders to their back level. Please note this method applies most to hanging feeders. You need to position them on a platform for feeding troughs which you can’t hang.
Where to buy Chickens in Akwa Ibom State
Since chicken is the only meat that has no negative health conditions, you can always use it to prepare any local and continental dishes of your choice. In Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, you can buy chickens from sofreshchikens.
Uyo, The Akwa Ibom State capital:
Number 215 Udo Umana Street opposite Akpan Andem Market, Uyo
Oron, Akwa Ibom State:
Number 27 Market Square by Aba Street, Oron, Akwa Ibom State