I have some of those feeders. They really do work well and I set them up anytime we're going to be gone a day or so. The only problem with leaving them up all the time is that rodents learn as fast as chickens to wiggle that toggle and get feed. But, if you just put a days worth of feed in them for your birds or raised them up at night where rats couldn't reach 'em - they might be just what you're looking for.So I'm thinking to set up 5 gallon buckets for auto feeder - the kind with a toggle that they peck at to release food.
we have a pretty small house, if i'm inside i'm usually here on the futon in my room. it's my couch, my spot to read, use the computer, etc. the rest of the house is Mom's space. it's usually already warmed up when i'm sleepy i just roll over and take a nap.I did that too! LOL and I can't have books or flashlights in the house because of DS12 staying up all night reading. I read for an hour or so before bed - in bed. I have trouble sleeping when I get into a cold bed, so I read and warm it up for a while first. I read non-fiction so it's not too hard to put it down.
Love mine! Have used one for maybe 20 yrs and so nice to get into a warm bed. There is no issue with wires in the bed with you @flowerbug, they are just not there.Or you could get a heated mattress pad like I did. I swear it's the best thing I ever bought. At least a million times better than a heated blanket.