The stainless steel D-cup is an old favourite and is perfect for smaller broods or for keeping chicks fed and watered. There are other options; tripod drinkers are raised above ground to minimise contamination. This plastic feature, along with their durable plastic and/or metal construction, means they are favoured by those who keep their chickens on a farm or small holding.
Larger broods will obviously require larger chicken drinkers. The Eton Galvanised Bucket Drinker holds up to 2 litres. It is shielded from the sun, reducing the build up of algae and helping to protect your chickens’ health. The Bucket Drinker gets its name from the design, which makes it easy to transport and refill.
Galvanised steel or plastic chicken feeders and trough feeders are the first and perhaps most obvious choices for many chicken keepers. Their ergonomic, practical and durable design makes them a simple solution for broods of all sizes.
There are, however, any number of alternatives with their own benefits and features. The large BEC Emperor Feeder, for example, keeps the feed well clear of the ground and has a special channel to divert rainwater away from the grain. Plastic rain hats can be fitted (or come as standard on) a number of other models of chicken feeder and serve a similar function.
Treadle feeders will keep the feed safe from vermin. Here, the chickens must stand on the treadle in order to release grain, significantly reducing the amount of chicken feed which is stolen by rats, mice and other wildlife.