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Old 10-16-2016, 03:17 AM
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When it comes to feeding dishes, is there a preference for the old-fashioned cups versus the drop-down hanging feeders?

Aside from a safe, easy-to-clean material does it matter either way?

Does anyone have any opinions on which is preferred by their birds, or which has less seed spillage (if that's even possible)?

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For overall hygiene and practical reasons, (to prevent droppings from falling into the food, etc) I prefer to use food containers that have a top on.
This would also prevent budgies from squeezing into the food containers and making a mess (would also prevent a broody hen from using the food container as a potential nesting area).
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I prefer dishes too. I tried the gravity feeders and there was much more spillage and wasting of food. I use 5 oz stainless steel bowls and only fill them about 1/3 full. That reduces mess and waste. I have extra bowls so that I can easily rotate in a clean set when needed.
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I use covered dishes as well as stainless steel dishes, both are good, in my opinion.

For reasons of freshness as well as spillage, it's best to serve only the amount the bird can eat in one or two days of seed/pellets so that there's not much to waste as well as it doesn't get stale
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I have found the best food dish to contain messes without making it a nightmare to clean (like those enclose feeders) is Ez on/off double diner. The high sides discourage sitting in dishes and keep the food from getting scattered, since it isn't covered or enclosed it is easy to get in there and thoroughly wash the whole dish even the corners. The manufacturer also sells a flat seed shield guard that you can use with some of their crocks however I have never used the shield so can't give much of an opinion. Windy City sells add on covers if you want a dish that doesn't come with one. I just find one piece covered dishes and enclosed dishes like the tidy seed feeder to be a nightmare to clean so I avoid them.
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Thank you, these are all very helpful.

My local petsmart has cups that look the same as the hamster dishes they made when I was a kid, and these hanging feeders (I'd post a pic, but I don't have a photobucket account yet) that look more like waterbottles with a very skinny feeding tray.

I'm going to be doing most of my shopping online I think, and these are giving me some good ideas of where to start.
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I prefer the stainless steel round ones, these are far easier to clean, plastic does perish and become brittle with age.
I also scatter some seed for foraging, budgies are natural foragers and love finding a seed or two on the bottom of the cage. Always replace papers daily, seed dishes or bowls need not be full.
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