Vermin: A grandpas chook feeder was an early investment due to birds and mice eating all of the chook feed – I balked at the $300 price tag but when I estimated the cost of continuing to feed all of the wildlife in addition to our chooks I estimated the feeder would pay for itself within 6 months. This feeder remains sealed to keep out vermin and the chooks learn to open the lid to access feed by standing on the ramp at the front. We usually have to keep it open for around a week when we get new chooks for them to learn the ropes then they are good to go. http://grandpasfeeders.com.au/products?gclid=CPicnZTOub4CFVgnvQod4SAATQ
Future chook projects: We hope to further investigate grain free composting chicken systems as seen in this video by Geoff Lawton.
We are also considering using a movable chook house and electrified chicken netting to get our chickens out in the pasture and see how they fit with our soil improvement system which is currently done using rotational grazing of sheep and cattle.