I have kept hens since 2009 and I absolutely love having them. There is something special about their lovely clucky greeting in the morning when you first open their run and, of course, the joy of fresh delicious free -range eggs goes without saying. I have a weird mixture in my flock... 5 hens and 1 cockerel. I have had rescue hens in the past, but sadly I lost those girls last year. Two of my current hens were incubated at school and raised there, so are very tame and are great little characters... they are both bantams, one of which is a frizzle. Thse have been bred to have curled feathers which give me the impression she has just emerged from the tumble drier! They follow me around in the garden, 'talking' to me and they were the first to investigate this great little feeder from the guys & gals at Spike's World.
My hens have a secure run (well I do feed foxes, so I have to be very careful!) but when I am working from home, they have free range of the end of my garden. When the ground is dry, I don't mind putting food out on the floor for them. Although I feed them layers pellets, they absolutely love granary bread and sweetcorn, as well as other leftovers. If the ground is wet and muddy... which is often is in their run, then food on the floor quickly becomes dirty, is wasted and then causes a horrible mess. When I was sent this feeder to trial, I thought it was a brill idea!