Hog Slat/ Georgia Poultry stores just received their first shipments of a new type of feed tray. Manufactured from post-consumer waste, the Pur-Chick Clear Feeder Tray is different than the paper or plastic trays currently in use.
They are crystal clear, lightweight, disposable and appear to have some advantages over red plastic and paper trays.
There seems to be less Darkling beetle activity in the clear trays. I asked several industry “bug experts”, and they weren’t sure why.
“Maybe it’s because they can’t hide under the clear tray.”
“The sides might be too slick for the beetles to climb.”
“They can’t eat through the plastic as easy as the paper tray.”
Watch the first part of the video and see for yourself.
Chicks seem to be attracted to the clear trays over paper or red plastic. Again, not sure exactly why.
“They can see the feed better because the trays are clear.”
“The reflective surface might look like water.”
“When they walk on the tray, it makes a crinkling sound which they are familiar with from the hatchery.”
Maybe. Watch the video and decide for yourself.
To order go to http://www.hogslat.com/pur-chick-clear-feeder-tray
Part # for individual trays is 521102-CLR
Bundles of 200 are part# 521102-CLR-BUND