I was wondering if anyone here has ever used a food hopper, and if so, did you make it yourself or buy it?
I'm having some issues with food wastage, especially in my adult girls' cage. I can put food in their bowl and within 30 minutes, they have taken it and "stashed" it in their bedding. My 2 issues with this are that 1. it makes it hard for me to control how much food they eat and know when they need fresh food (all 3 have gained excessive weight since this started). and 2. Because they pee in their bedding, I have found pee-soaked bedding and poo right next to their "stash", which makes me think it is unsafe for them to eat soiled food... I check and clean their cages regularly, but I hate to have to throw away an entire days' worth of food when this happens, only to have them immediately repeat the behavior.
I'd love to use some kind of hopper to hold their blocks to prevent this (so they can eat, but not take and stash). I could still give them some pieces and treats to stash, but would love to be able to limit food wastage on their daily block ration.
If you guys have any input or solutions you've used in the past, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks for your time and help!