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Digital Subscriptions > Chickens > Nov/Dec 19 > Pop Cork, Get Fed

Pop Cork, Get Fed

Buttercup gives the champagne cork a good pop to get the food to come out. Pellets work much better than mash with the vending machine.

Aren’t vending machines great? You pop in some change, poke a button and a well-balanced, healthy snack drops out — well, a snack of some kind! At least you can rest assured that unlike mints in a bowl at a restaurant’s check-out desk, no one has pawed all over them.

So why can’t chicken feeders work like vending machines? It seems like when they’re hungry, hens should be able to poke a button and have well-balanced, healthy snacks drop out. And because you’re the vendor of this vending machine, you can make sure that the snacks are, in fact, calibrated to deliver nutritious pellets of chicken feed.

And what if this well-stocked vending machine also:

• worked better than a conventional gravityfed feeder,

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