Soft Close Feeders
Once you see one in action, you will want the feature
Having chickens doesn’t mean you have to have rats and now you can do that quietly.
There are around 4,000 of our rodent proof chicken feeders out in service already but we just got around to making a soft close rat proof chicken feeder as customers had asked for one. The noise of the door closing did make it a bit harder to train flocks but we got around that by training only when the birds were hungry and very motivated. And we simply didn’t have the time until last Thanksgiving. I had taken a feeder home with the idea that over the holiday I’d stare at the dang thing till I came up with a workable idea for a soft close feature. The idea of using a cabinet door soft close cylinder came to mind and it works very well, perfect size and action, easy to find replacement cylinders almost anywhere online or in hardware stores, and it was adjustable.
They have been tested down to 10 degrees F, past that you need to do your own testing to learn at what temperature to back the adjustment screw off till it warms up. The worst outcome in sub zero weather is that the soft close feature doesn’t work but the feeder door will continue to open.
The addition of the soft close feature makes the doors nearly silent when it closes and if you do the soundproofing retrofit the door is very quiet no matter how hard a bird jumps on the treadle. Most birds will step on the treadle fairly slowly and deliberately so the soundproofing the back of the door isn’t really needed in most cases, just on super skittish breeds. Look in our video section for information on soundproof the back of the doors.
Check our video page using the menu at the top right of each page for videos showing the soft close door in action and how to retrofit an older version feeder to soft close.
Soft close interior feeder click here for more info or to purchase
Soft close exterior feeder click here for more info or to purchase