Large cone feeders, finely ground poultry feeds and humid environments do not mix.
- Fine feeds are easily compacted when pressure is applied
- A full feeder puts pressure on the feed at the bottom—this compacts the feed.
- Moisture in the air further aids the binding/compaction of fine feeds. When dried, the result is the chicken feed equivalent of concrete.
What to do?
- Feed coarsely ground feeds in humid seasons (be sure to provide supplemental grit).
- If continuing with finely ground feeds, use smaller feeders (for less pressure).
- If the feeder can be adjusted, set the feed flow for a faster rate. This will allow fine feed to flow easier when humid.