Small Ratproof Chicken Feeder
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Small Ratproof Chicken Feeder

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Your Price: $60.00
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Part Number:F-SML

Why buy this product?:

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

Shipping info

2 Generally shipping will run $16 for local states and $26.00 for states like ME,FL, WA. For cheaper shipping info look in the tab section below

Videos available

3 The picture slide show to the left has a video of the feeder in use, check the medium feeder listing for more videos

Is it hard to assemble?

4 Assembly will take a few common tools and about five minutes. More on assembly below in the tab section

Is it hard to train the chickens to use it?

5 If you follow our instructions training the birds takes a few minutes then a refresher course 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, 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.


This is the small original version of the feeder but there are many different versions in two sizes.  Look in the Rat Proof Chicken Feeder Category for the soft close versions, the exterior versions, and the soft close exterior versions. Check out the multi packs for cheaper shipping, down as low as $9.00 to $12.00 per feeder depending on size, how many, and distance.   We don't sell a lot of small feeders so read the reviews on the very popular medium feeder by clicking here.   It is the same feeder except 4" narrower across the front.

The small metal rat proof treadle chicken feeder is the same height and depth as the medium rat proof treadle chicken feeder but the width is 7" instead of 11". It holds around 12 # of laying pellets and weighs around 12# packed for shipping. The small rat proof treadle chicken feeder is perfect for smaller coops and costs $60 plus shipping. The small rat proof treadle chicken feeder should feed four birds for twelve days, just under two weeks. The approximate assembled size is 18" deep x 10" wide x 19" tall. 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. The feeder in the photo has the treadle link wire temporarily installed for pictures, it is sticking out and not bent under and clipped off. Click on Feature 8 for a detailed description on how to train your birds. For more information on 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.


5 Stars
Mrs.
I love this. Put it together easily. I did have to make a modification...a platform. My girls didn't get the gist of the little one so I put a piece of wafer wood on it and the are more comfortable using it. I was worried about the biggest bird, but she figured it out all 5 use it with no hesitation and it only took about a week to train all of them. I used meal worms as a bribe. I'd prop the door open, then later I would close it. Next day, I'd open it a bit less. I highly recommend this to anyone that wants to keep the pests out.
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Reviewed by:  from Nampa ID. on 10/16/2015
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5 Stars
Small feeder and 2 chickens
Arrived timely. Box had a little hole in it from the unit shifting in the carton but nothing missing and no damage. Went together per instructions easily. Worked as expected, a little hard to press on the treadle as the spring is very strong so I used only the weight. I have a Leghorn and a Barred Rock and trained them per instructions in a day and a half. My chickens had a little trouble with the treadle width being too narrow and a long reach in to the feeder so I added a little 3 inch wide board and they are all happy. Absolutely Rat proof - Trapped 5 the second day and now just do not hear or see any rats anymore. My feed seems to last and last. I always put it away at night before but the rats would come eariler and eariler each day. Had a wooden Treadle feeder some time back and the rats ate through it in 3 days ! This metal feeder works perfectly for me. Also, as I needed the feeder to be free standing, I added a couple angle iron side rails to the bottom about 18 inched long. This simple metal feeder has solved the rat problem, and I use much less feed. Thanks.
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Reviewed by:  from Los Angeles CA. on 8/13/2015
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5 Stars
Mrs.
I researched rodent proof chicken feeders for quite some time, our mouse problem had begun to affect the 3 chickens we have so we had to do something. The product is very well made, instructions were easy to follow (I watched a few of the videos to make sure I was assembling correctly), it arrived quickly and I am happy with the product. My chickens are not the smartest and have not figured out to get the food on there own quite yet after a week of having the feeder. However, they also struggled figuring out how to get in the flap door I made for their coop last year so I am not surprised they are having a hard time with this. We will keep up the training and eventually they will figure out. We are very happy with the product and the mice are no longer getting to the food so I know we will see a cost savings.
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Reviewed by:  from Colorado. on 10/9/2016
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4 Stars
Small chicken feeder
This is a very well made product and works well with our bigger chickens. However, our smaller chicken cannot reach the feed when standing on platform. Are there any suggestions to how to adapt feeder so she can reach? Hi Denise Two things make the feeder rat proof and it needs both to work; the weight of a full size bird and the reach of a full size bird. Enough rats can overwhelm the counterweight and spring but the rats sitting on the end of the treadle don't get to eat and the rats won't cooperate or take turns eating. You could fasten a lightweight tin plate on the treadle but you are reducing the ability of the feeder to defeat the rats. Customers report that the small birds learn quickly to eat when they can from the side of the feeder. A chicken won't starve itself for long, it will find a way to eat as long as there are a few other birds using the feeder. Thanks for the review.
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Reviewed by:  from Texas. on 4/7/2015
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4 Stars
No more rats!
I'll admit, I was a bit skeptical but a friend of mine had bought one and said it would work. Well it did and we haven't seen a rat in about a week. The birds picked up how to use the thing right away just by showing them were the feed using your toe. It isn't the most glamorous product out there. A bit rudimentary in fact but sturdy enough I think. Our feed use dropped dramatically so the payback will be rapid. Very pleased and would recommend to others.
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Reviewed by:  from Pine Bluff AR. on 2/7/2015
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5 Stars
Rat City Resident
When my partner and I bought our house in Seattle we congratulated ourselves for ridding the rats from the house, they still devastate our vegetable garden, but thanks to this innovative feeder they no longer get to eat the chicken feed. I received the device in good time and assembled it easily following the instructions. Once I put a larger step on the smartest chicken learnt to use it within half an hour, the Plymouth Rock caught on in a day or so and finally the Rhodie got it after two weeks. I have reduced the step now and there is less waste. Fastening the feeder to a wall in a glass house wasn't an option so I re-purposed a patio block fastened underneath to keep the feeder stable and portable for cleaning out the coop. The feeder is well worth it's cost both in feed saved and my time or urgency in rat proofing the coop.
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Reviewed by:  from Seattle. on 5/7/2017
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5 Stars
Mr
Excellent product, quality made. Easy to assemble. Shipping was very quick as well!
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Reviewed by:  from Salt Lake City, Utah. on 9/6/2016
5
5 Stars
Wonderful Feeder
I received the small ratproof feeder very quickly. The assembly was not too difficult--TIP: look at the video on the main ordering page next pictures for a full assembly walkthrough. My 4 chickens are not very large and only 6 months old, so I removed the counterweight and only used the spring; they still had difficulty opening the door, so I attached a very small S-hook to one end of the spring to decrease its recoil. I also screwed on an extra bar of wood as the chickens are not quite long enough to comfortably sit and open the feeder. And voila, the feeder works! As the chickens grow, I plan on removing the small S-hook and extra bar of wood and adding back counterweight--I see that these measures truly make it ratproof; for now, i am having no more rodent problems. The chickens learned to use the feeder fairly quickly in 2 days. I put in the new feeder and removed the old at 7pm, and the following morning, I showed the hungry girls the food by putting a toe on the treadle. As expected, they all rushed the feeder and were afraid of the noise, and it just takes time to desensitize them. I spent an hour at 7am, then another 30 minutes several more times throughout the day. At 4pm, I reintroduced their old feeder as they were still hungry, but removed it again at 6pm. The 2nd morning, I spent another 30 minutes training them and added worm treats, and they were no longer afraid of the feeder. When I introduced the old feeder later that afternoon, they were not very interested, so I knew they were fine. At first I regretted not buying the medium size feeder for only $5 more (2-3 can eat at once), but my 4 chickens quickly learned how to take turns eating and are having no problems with the small ratproof feeder. Wonderful feeder! Great job Al !
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Reviewed by:  from Santa Ana, California. on 8/10/2016
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5 Stars
Mr
This is a great feeder. Of course we worried at first if the chickens would figure it out - but they did, no problems.
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Reviewed by:  from San Jose. on 5/11/2016
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4 Stars
Ms.
It took less than 2 weeks to train our two full grown chickens. We had to prop up the weight to leave the door open for them to see the feed, progressively closing the door by propping the weight with smaller blocks. One problem is that the alpha hen would chase away the other hen from the feeder. Another problem is that they do not like the bouncy treadle, so if they could reach the feed from the side or by reaching across the treadle they would avoid using it. Gradually closing the door and blocking access to the feeder from the sides helped that. One thing we wonder about is that they cannot see around them as they eat, only the inside of the feeder. As prey animals, does this cause them some anxiety? Since we can now leave the feeder door closed when they are not eating, the chipmunk, rats, and wild birds can no longer share the chicken food.
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Reviewed by:  from Washington. on 5/11/2016
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5 Stars
Chicken Momma
This product is great. I've been using it for a little less than a year. The only problem I've had with it is the metal bar that opens the feed door when the chicken steps on the step broke - but I attribute that to the very cold temperatures this winter. I also use a bungee cord to hold it upright. However, these two small issues don't bother me at all because the chickens always have dry food, no matter the weather and there are no early morning feedings for me. They don't seem to overeat with the constant food supply (the usually get a few hours of free-ranging each day). I'm glad I bought this product instead of the more expensive one on the market - it was definately a good purchase.
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Reviewed by:  from Maryland. on 4/11/2016
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5 Stars
Aaron
Happily using one for a large outdoor rabbit that hangs with the chickens. Now buying a second to have one for the birds - works great and seem sturdy.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from CA. on 11/21/2015
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5 Stars
Mr
Very good quality. It took a little while for the chickens for get accustomed to it but it solved our rat problem in short order. Thanks for a great product!
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Reviewed by:  from New Jersey . on 11/12/2015
5
5 Stars
Sm chicken feeder
I bought the sm rat proof chicken feeder and i actually bought it to keep my pet rabbit from eating the chicken food. So it took my chickens 4 days to figure it out. at first I was worried they weren't smart enough to get it. But I had to make the platform they step on wider and then they felt more comfortable stepping on it. And my bantam can even eat from the front of it! Overall it is a great feeder!
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Reviewed by:  from Minnesota. on 7/28/2015
5
5 Stars
owner
We love the feeder. It's already saving about 50% on feed waste. It take the "girls", our chickens, a long time to learn how to work it but they have the hang of it after two weeks. Thanks for having such a great product.
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Reviewed by:  from poway. on 5/6/2015
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