Mink can be confusing, choosing the best mink feeding machine is not difficult as long as you ask a few questions before you begin. The most important deciding factor in choosing the right feeder depends on the size of your herd. If you have a small herd and only fill the feeder every two days, a simple mink feeder will do it. If you have a large herd that requires a lot of food, a high capacity mink feeding machine will be what you are looking for.
For your small herd or yard, from 1 to 50 minks, a hanging mink feeder is your way to go. Although the name “hanging”, the feeder does not have to actually lock, you can put the feeder directly on a flat surface. Feeders come in various sizes, ranging from 1 to 20 pounds. The size depends on how much your minks eat and how often they will be filled with food. Often, for these smaller herds, you can select a size that you only need to fill once a day or every other day. If you choose to hang the feeder, it will create less mess. If you are feeding once a day, a feeder of 10 pounds or less will do it.
For a medium herd of 50 to 100 minks, you may need something different unless you agree to fill the feeders more than once a day. Like the domestic duck, the mink feed can be confusing during meals. Choosing a mink feeding machine type feeder for your herd of minks may be the way to go. A feeder-type feeder allows you to feed more minks at the same time with more space. The additional room helps prevent spills and fights on the feeder. This will save you time, mink food, aggravation and money.
These feeders can easily cost a few hundred dollars, but are worth the cost. The simplicity of pouring a bag or two of food into the unit and forgetting it is invaluable.