Medium Ratproof Chicken Feeder

Medium Ratproof Chicken Feeder

Your Price: $65.00
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Part Number:F-MED

Why buy this product?:

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

Shipping info

Fast 2 -3 day shipping will run between $16 and $26 . For cheaper shipping use the Mult packed feeders or the Slow Boat Shipping Program

Videos available

Slow Boat Shipping is $15.00 per item (several orders in a zip code ship to one central address for pick up) more info in the shipping tab below

Is it hard to assemble?

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 train the chickens to use it?

Assembly and training instructions are in the tab sections below. Five minute assembly, fast training if you follow our directions.
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, there is a soft close version, an exterior version, and a soft close exterior version.  There are also multi packed feeders that can lower the shipping costs down to as low as $9 to $12.00 each depending on how many and distance.  If you need to stop rats, mice, and wild birds from eating your chicken feed then this will work.

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.

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 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.
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.  
 

Here is one recent review 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
This device is an elegant solution to a really nasty problem
I purchased this feeder a couple of years ago and it worked like a charm...Beforehand, the cats couldn’t keep up with the rats in the chicken coop and we were being overrun. Not only have the rats left, but our bill for organic feed has fallen dramatically…the only snag I found was educating our very silly hens to use the feeder. There likely are varieties of hens that are less flighty and would be easier to train. Even so, the hens have adjusted and are doing well. I have recommended this product a number of my friends who have chickens or who have clients with chickens together with offering the loan of a hen to instruct their barnyard in its proper use.
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Reviewed by:  from Woodinville, WA. on 1/22/2015
5
4 Stars
easy to assemble and my chickens learned to use them very quickly
I ordered 2 of these. They came sooner than expected and in perfect condition. They were easy to assemble and my chickens learned to use them very quickly. So far it's been only a few days, and although I see a few rats in the evening, they haven't been able to get into the feeders. This will be a huge savings. I haven't had the feeders even a week yet -- the rats will eventually relocate, I'm sure. My only problem was that the California Whites are much too small to use the counterweight with, and the door doesn't close tightly using the spring only unless the chickens jump off. If they just step off, sometimes the door has a 1/8" opening.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Seattle. on 2/11/2015
4
4 Stars
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I have 2 separate groups of 3 and 4 hens. One group learned in a couple days how to use feeder tho mainly one hen uses it, others eat from sides. Other group are slow learners. After 3 days one hen will jump on perch if I open it but I have not seen her use it on her own. The rest are afraid. I haven't fed them anything so they gotta be hungry! Will see after a week how smart they are. Feeder is well built and easy to install. It is very loud opening and closing with a bang and I feel this is part of the problem of their fears. It definitely seems rat proof which is my problem. It is under cover in my coop. If I could suggest improvements, they would be for some kind of lexan type door so chickens could see feed for motivation and I could monitor feed level without having to look inside. Also that door did not slam. I even put little tabs that go on bottom of chair legs which helped a tiny bit. Also that the roof would be sloped so hens would not roost on top. But if chickens learn to eat out of it, I will be happy. All in all, good product that I am glad I bought.
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Reviewed by:  from south florida. on 9/18/2015
4
4 Stars
Ms.
Love this feeder. I was being over run with the neighborhood birds eating all of the chicken feed, but not anymore. Putting it together was easy after watching the video, although I wish the directions were more specific for which direction to install the rod that connects the treadle to the door. My door was sticking a bit and when I re-read the directions it said that if that happens the rod is in the wrong way. Why not just tell us the correct way to install it in the first place? Other than that it did take my girls about 3 days to figure out that the feeder wasn't gonna kill them. They're still a little freaked out when one of them steps off the treadle and the door slams shut. But...they did learn, and the neighborhood birds are no longer a nuisance!! I would definitely recommend this feeder and would purchase it again.
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Reviewed by:  from Tucson. on 10/6/2015
4
5 Stars
A great product!!
Little mice were climbing in the back at the top, I hung 3 metal door hinges ( a girls fix) and twala no more mice. Wow my feed bill has gone down tremendously, and all the sickness the birds and mice bring are coming to an end,!!! Thanks for such a great product!!
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Reviewed by:  from . on 12/21/2014
5
5 Stars
GREAT FEEDER!
This is the best feeder on the market. It has saved me a ton of money, and unlike the Wood Treadle Feeders, (which will be chewed into) this one is all metal. It took my chickens about two days to start using it on their own. This company has excellent customer service.
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Reviewed by:  from New Mexico. on 7/16/2015
5
5 Stars
Ordering a second rat proof treadle chicken feeder!
I ordered a second rat proof treadle chicken feeder! My  chickens are getting used to the first one and it seems there isn't quite enough room for them all to eat in peace.
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Reviewed by:  from . on 12/1/2014
5
5 Stars
Definitely worth the cost
I was thrilled when I saw my friend's rat proof feeder. It looked like it actually worked. I ordered this one and did exactly as the instructions said to train my chickens. They had it down by that evening. Even my leghorns were able to figure it out since it is a little trickier for them because they are smaller. There is hardly any waste because they have to balance on the treadle and stretch for the food. The rats and ground squirrels are very mad because they don't have free reign any more. I have about 30 chickens and they are doing just fine with one feeder since they just take turns to eat. I did order another one that I will introduce to my younger ones without the counter weight so when they get merged with the older gals they don't have to learn a new feeder also. Definitely worth the cost.
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Reviewed by:  from Ashland, OR. on 8/19/2015
5
5 Stars
New, Improved Medium Ratproof Chicken Feeder is even more awesome!
We bought an original Medium Ratproof Chicken Feeder a couple of years ago. Because of weather, the metal piece under the door rusted out. Other than that, it was an amazing feeder. We liked it so much that we recently bought a new one. My husband put it together, and he said that it is higher quality than the first one. In addition to being ratproof, it also keeps the feed clean, unlike many other feeders. We are extremely pleased with it, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a rodent-proof chicken feeder.
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Reviewed by:  from Gainesville. on 9/23/2015
5
5 Stars
A trio of feeders
This is my second order from you. My first order consisted of two medium rat proof feeders, so this is my 3rd feeder. They are quite good, easy to teach the chickens to use, and definitely cut down on feed waste. Also, they do not let water in (though I have tried to put them in locations where they will not be rained on directly). I have definitely sprayed the tops down when chickens have left droppings on them, and no water got in. As for the assembly, my husband says it's fairly quick and easy. The feeders are well made items and I anticipate them lasting for quite some time. The shipping was very fast too.  In fact, the only complaint I have is that two of my three feeders are not perfectly level, so even on a completely flat surface I have to fashion a little shim to shove in so they don't rock back and forth when the birds sit on the treadle. They tend to not like the feeders moving when they are trying to eat. Otherwise, a great product! Well worth the money spent!  Thanks
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Reviewed by:  from Anna, TX. on 7/4/2015
5
5 Stars
It is sooooo well made
Just a note to say I love my automatic chicken feeder and will be ordering  another one soon. what a great value. The chickens were puzzled by it at  first but now they get it. and it is sooooo well made. Thank you!
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Reviewed by:  from . on 12/10/2014
5
5 Stars
I only have to fill it once every two weeks
It's been about three months since I started using my treadle feeder. This Has to be the single best thing I've ever purchased for me and my chickens! It makes life easier. Since I have an ultra small flock I only have to fill it once every two weeks. Keep up the great work!
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Reviewed by:  from Germantown TN.. on 11/6/2014
5
5 Stars
The feeder works very well
Your feeder works very well -- very easy to pay for itself. This is a second unit -- I am getting this for my neighbor as a gift. Your feeder works very well -- very easy to pay for itself. Also, I "seeded" the feeder with meal-worms to help train my hens to begin using it.
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Reviewed by:  from Moses Lake WA. on 8/18/2014
5
4 Stars
Mr
The metal parts of this are well constructed but cheap wood and screews were used. The flapper door is sheet metal suspended on wood by two screws. This had become detached during shipping. It was a quick and easy fix, but annoying to deal with in a new product. The foot pedal wood is the same low quality. It would be a good idea to paint that piece or it won't last long. My chickens are still figuring it out, but it has stopped the rats, so in that regard it works as advertised.
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Reviewed by:  from MS. on 8/12/2015
4
3 Stars
Good value - could be better
The Unit was packaged adequately for protection during shipment. Assembly was fairly simple - although there was a bend in the connecting rod that I had to "move" to get the door to open all the way. Combining the spring and the counterbalance weight was too much for our chickens, as it took over two pounds on the pedal to open the door. I took the spring off and instead added a plastic bottle of pebbles secured to the weight with a zip-tie so that it would take 1-1/2 pounds on the pedal to open the door. The door was not completely flat and takes a full 1-1/2 pounds to hold it closed all around the opening. The door would hold much flatter both open and closed if it had some 90 degree flanges or a large rolled-edge around the edges. As it is, it has been welded onto a hinge rod which makes it non-removable for any door improvements. It took our chickens a couple weeks to really figure out the pedal and have the courage to step on it on their own. One of them still hasn't really gotten it yet and just eats the spillage, which might go away if I make the lower lip a little higher. Also, the pedal is made of some nice hardwood, but I really need to make it bigger so the chickens have something a little more substantial to stand on. Perhaps if I make it large/heavy enough I'll be able to re-incorporate spring that the feeder came with. We're saving money on food for sure - probably due to the chickens having to work harder for it - and we don't see the rats around anymore, so overall we're happy with the purchase.
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Reviewed by:  from Kirkland, WA. on 8/4/2015
3
4 Stars
None
Happy the product was made in the Philippines. Assembly directions slightly difficult to follow but watching online video hepled figure it out. Hens learned in about 3 days, DO NOT supplement food during training period. I placed hens on perch to help them learn. Wall mounted, so i provided a step up to feeder. Weight could be redesigned. Seems to be keeping rodents out of food. Food waste GREATLY reduced. Would buy it again.
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Reviewed by:  from CA. on 7/24/2015
4
5 Stars
Wonderful product
First of all, I really love your product!  I have chicks in the city and, when I let them out of the coop to pasture, I had every bird and squirrel in the coop eating the food.  That doesn't happen anymore!  Thank you!
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Reviewed by:  from . on 12/31/2014
5
5 Stars
Chemist
This is great feeder, my chickens learned in 3-4 days. I wish you can make larger one , it can store 50 lbs of food. It will be no worry for two weeks if i am out of town.
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Reviewed by:  from Hayward. on 4/12/2016
5
5 Stars
Works great
Order arrived very quickly. Easy to assemble. Chickens learned to use feeder in 2 to 3 hours. I highly recommend.
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Reviewed by:  from Signal Mtn, TN. on 7/20/2015
5
5 Stars
Mr.
Good product at a reasonable price. It took the hens a few days to catch on but they are happily fighting each other for position now. I probably mounted it too high off the floor initially but they caught on once I lowered it. So far so good!
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Reviewed by:  from Advance Mills, VA. on 1/14/2016
5
5 Stars
Mrs.
My 2 chickens and 2 ducks learned to use this within a few days. Easy to assemble. I am very happy and recommend this feeder over more expensive ones.
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Reviewed by:  from Fayetteville, AR. on 9/7/2015
5
5 Stars
works great!!
We just recently built a brand new coop so I bought 2 of your medium feeders. Took no time at all for my chickens to learn how to use them. Makes doing chores easier for me as well. Highly recommend these feeders!!
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Reviewed by:  from Nebraska. on 7/13/2015
5
5 Stars
Unique design!
Keep up the skilled work. I love my Chicken feeder and I have had great results from your unique design!
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Reviewed by:  from South Tampa, Florida. on 11/24/2014
5
5 Stars
Farmer
Great design simple installation . Would recomend a way to lock up at nite to keep raccoons out of it. Birds figured it out in a couple of days.
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Reviewed by:  from KCMO. on 1/21/2016
5
5 Stars
Great product
I am very pleased with this chicken feeder. I am so pleased with it I will be purchasing perhaps 2 more! Very simple to assemble and best of all it's made right here in the good old USA!
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Reviewed by:  from Pennsylvania. on 1/17/2016
5

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