Medium Treadle Feeders
Chickens and rats aren’t inevitable so if you have rats eating your chicken feed and need a solution, here it is. The medium rat proof treadle chicken feeder hopper holds 26 pounds of laying pellets or other feed and has a 100% galvanized sheet metal feed tray and hopper so the feed flows easily and sanitation is assured.
Generally a laying hen eats around 4 ounces of feed per day, so one pound of feed should feed four birds one day, 7 pounds per week per four birds, or 3 1/2 weeks per full hopper of feed for a four hen flock. The more poultry feeders you have the more birds can be fed per poultry feeder.
Approximate assembled size of the medium automatic feeder is 18” deep x 14” wide x 19” tall. Shipping weight is around 15 pounds with packaging for the medium rat proof treadle chicken feeder.
Number of birds per poultry feeder
That will vary depending upon how established the flock is and your goals for the birds. If they are layers you need to make sure there are no more than 12 to 16 hens per poultry feeder because a laying hen needs to eat as often as possible for full egg production. The more she eats the more eggs per week she can put out as protein consumption is usually a hen’s limiting factor.
If you are feeding out broilers the weight gain per day is as important so once again you should have one poultry feeder for every 12 to 16 birds.
If a flock is well established there will be a pecking order and you can go as high as 20 birds per poultry feeder as long as you don’t mind a few less eggs per week
There is the standard or original medium rat proof chicken feeder intended for indoor use or at least under a cover to keep heavy rain off the door. $65 .00 plus shipping
There is an exterior version suitable for outside use. $70.00 plus shipping
There is a soft close version $80.00 plus shipping
There is a soft close exterior version.
Right Side View
One piece steel bar treadle with an attached distant and narrow treadle which gives the maximum amount of rat proofing, add a wider plywood treadle for smaller birds.
Concrete counterweight balances the weight of the door, steel treadle, and step. The concrete counterweight is what makes this poultry feeder truly rodent proof.
Left side view of the medium interior version. The spring on the right side holds the door tightly closed and provides resistance if a rat, wild bird, or squirrel tries to just push the door open. You can see the door axle exiting the left side and the integral door crank on the right side. This is the only feeder on the market with a 1/4″ thick steel door axle, the others use thin wire axles. Those are fine for the seldom opened (by comparison to the door) feeder lid but the feed door is going to be opened hundreds of times a day and would quickly wear out if it was thin wire. The wire link on the right side is always in tension and a thin wire works well in that case.
Having chickens and rats can be a thing of the past if you invest in one of these feeders. You have to do your part though, assemble it right, install it right, and train your birds right. Everything you need to know is in the instructions that come with the feeder.