Medium Ratproof Chicken Feeder for Outside use 2 pack

Medium Ratproof Chicken Feeder for Outside use 2 pack

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Your Price: $140.00
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Part Number:F-MEDEXT- 2 pack

Why buy this product?:

Exteriior version! Stop the rats, wild birds, and other vermin from stealing your feed and spreading disease. Cut your feed bill in half!

Shipping info

2 -3 day shipping will run between $16 and $26 . Looking for a Free Shipping Option? Look in the tab section below for more info

Videos available

The picture slide show to the left has a video of the feeder in use, check the small feeder and replacement parts listings for more videos

Is it hard to assemble?

Assembly will take a few common tools and about five minutes. More on assembly below in the tab section. We have assembly videos online too.

Is it hard to train the chickens to use it?

If you follow our instructions training the birds takes a few minutes then a refresher coures a few hours later

Do you have chickens and rats? Or chickens and wild birds that are eating more feed than the chickens? Here is the solution. But before you buy look for the different versions of our feeder, this is the original version exterior version, there is a soft close version, and a soft close exterior version. This is the two pack multi packed feeders that can lower the shipping costs down about 23% over shipping a single feeder or two feeders in separate boxes. 

We have a lot of customer submitted videos too that show the feeders in use, most from customers with feeders that are two, even three years old.

This is the waterproof version of our medium rat proof treadle chicken feeder.  Be sure and look at the original version, the soft close version, and the exterior soft close version in the Category section.  There are also Turkey Steps and Duck Steps available.

There won't be any reviews for a while as this is a brand new item, only about one out of twenty customers will leave reviews even on purchases they liked, so please  read the reviews on the very popular medium feeder by clicking here.

The original version has a water tight lid but in heavy rain sometimes the rain might flow down the  lower front panel and get blown into the feed tray if the wind was blowing the wrong way.  This version prevents that by recessing the lower front panel by 3/8".   Older models can be retrofitted in a few minutes or you can even retrofit a regular feeder if you want to save the $5.00 difference.  We have a video up on our Facebook page, on our main web page, and on our YouTube Channel showing how to make the retrofit.   Obviously gale force winds that might blow the door open is still going to cause wet feed if the wind is blowing the wrong way so it is a good idea to check the feed after major storms.  Many customers used the original version outside and had no problems with water so this should cover normal weather situations just fine.

Here is a link to a video showing the water tight lid and new recessed lower front panel.  Click here to see  the video

The 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 feeder is designed and marketed for full size birds.  If you have bantams or other than full size birds please read our FAQ section on our main website.    There is a lot of info on that web page including videos.

Approximate assembled size is 18” deep x 14” wide x 19” tall. The actual feeder hopper is about 11" x 10" x 14" tall, partially rectangular, partially triangular shape where the door has to swing back against the feed hopper.  Shipping weight is around 15 pounds with packaging for the medium rat proof treadle chicken feeder. When you are ready to purchase add the item to your cart and then scroll down to find the PayPal icon to automatically insert your shipping information. You will need to add your daytime phone number for FedEx Ground. For more information about the feeders visit our main chicken feeder web page

Here is one of the most recent reviews on this product.  The lady had rats tunneling under her coop causing structural damage, saved 20% per day in feed costs for 25 hens, and is getting three to four extra eggs per day, which probably meant that the rats were eating that many eggs or were stressing the hens enough to impact egg production.

Headline: Rats are gone!
Barb, Orange, VA
Review:

 I ordered 2 feeders. They're easy to assemble and look like they'll be easy to clean, although none of the birds are hanging out on top of them. I attached the wood mounting block to the back of the feeder and screwed two heavy-duty hooks into the top of the block. The hooks hang on the inside of the chain link fence that supports the open-air chicken coop. This causes the feeder to tilt forward a bit, so I'm planning to add a bumper near the bottom to correct the tilt.

 I recommend training the chickens when you can spend a few hours with them over two days. They were scared of the sound of the door closing and would run away. I stood in the coop and would catch a hen, place her on the treadle and let her eat. Then I'd remove her, let the door close, and place her back on the treadle. I did this repeatedly with all the brave girls and the not-so-brave girls would watch and then eat from the sides. When I saw one girl jump on the treadle, I left the coop. I repeated this the next day to make sure multiple girls were jumping on the treadle. Make sure there is no other food available because they won't learn if they're not motivated by hunger. I'm using finely-ground feed. I haven't had any issues with bridging, probably because the hens rock the feeder when they jump on the treadle. I'm feeding 25 birds with 2 feeders and all of them appear to be getting enough to eat.
I've seen 4 hens eating at the same time, but usually I see 3.

My coop recently became overrun by rats that dug through heavy clay under the apron of my coop. I think one or more got caught inside the coop when the automatic door closed so they spent the night digging out. The tunnels were causing structural damage because they tunneled under weight-bearing blocks. Judging by the extensive network of tunnels radiating 40-50 feet from the coop, there were many rats. I installed the rat-proof feeders and poison bait stations at the same time because rats will chew on the chickens' feet if they don't have anything else to eat. The feeders and bait stations have been in place for just over two weeks and we've noticed this past week that the tunnel entrances in the coop aren't active any more and are being filled in by the chickens scratching the dirt.

We're even getting 3-4 more eggs a day. I'm assuming the rats were stressing the chickens, which reduces egg output. I'm using 20% less feed and getting more eggs, so I'm very happy with the new feeders!

Rating: 5 stars out of 5 stars
5 Stars
hobby farm
I purchased the feeders for outdoor use, however I chose to use them inside the coop. I also purchased the duck treadle step and lip extension since I was training growing chickens. We were unable to use the spring at first and had to add some extra weights to the step as our young birds were not heavy enough to make the door open. (Not a big deal.) Once they reached a weight heavy enough, we added the spring, changed the treadle step to the regular one, and took the weights off. This is where we began to see the savings in feed! I have 23 hens. Prior to using the feeder we were going through over a 50lb a week. There was feed all over the floor...they used it for dust bathing. We use a non GMO organic feed, so it was really discouraging to see all that waste. Once the hens reached their weight, a 50lb began to last over 10 days!!! And there was not a speck of feed on the floor!!! We have also had problems with sparrows coming into the coop and eating all the feed...Not anymore! I am very please with how this feeder works. Over time it really does pay for itself. I have found it worth every penny paid.
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Reviewed by:  from OH. on 1/14/2018
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mr
I've tried alot of feeders over the years both homemade and purchased and these are the best I've used. I have 10 of them now and will likely purchase 2 more next spring. They definitely save lots of feed, no spilling, no loss to rodents or other birds.... The large capacity makes my life so much easier... I only have to fill every 1 to 2 weeks or more eliminating much of my daily work. One issue that I see will them is that the springs that are used don't last very long and need to be replaced quite often (the rust) and the replacements are $6.00 each. I would recommend that the manufacturer start using stainless steel springs...
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Reviewed by:  from nj. on 11/16/2017
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