Soft Close Exterior version Medium Ratproof Chicken Feeder 4 pack, 46% cheaper shipping
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Soft Close Exterior version Medium Ratproof Chicken Feeder 4 pack, 46% cheaper shipping

Your Price: $340.00
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Part Number:F-MEDSCEX-4 pack

Why buy this product?:

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

Shipping info

This is our four pack that saves about 46% per feeder in shipping costs.

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

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, 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.

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 new soft close version of our exterior rated rat proof chicken feeder in a four pack for 46% cheaper shipping.  There is an interior soft close version as well that is $5.00 less per feeder.   There have been thousands of the original feeders sold but one of the complaints was that the door closed so loudly and it delayed training for some flocks.  Now if people followed the training instructions the birds learned to use the feeder despite the noise and a lot of people remarked that the sound of the door closing allowed them to know that the feeders were working without having to go into the coop.  But people kept asking so we finally made a soft close version.  The Soft Close mechanism needs installed once you unbox the feeder but it is a two minute job once you have all the tools gathered.  Tools needed:  Philips screwdriver or bit and a cordless screwdriver or a power drill.

There won't be any reviews for a while as this type of feeder 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 mechanism is a Grass Corporation cabinet door soft close cylinder mounted on a wooden bar.  It is easy to install (the soft close cylinder is mounted on the wooden bar but everything is inside the feeder and it needs two screws installed for installation as part of the assembly), it is adjustable, the cylinder can be replaced should it ever wear out or fail, and installation and tweaking won't take five minutes once you have the tools gathered.  There is listing for a retro fit soft close kit and it has a video showing how to install the soft close kit on a new or old feeder.  Here is a link to the video.  You will need a screwdriver with a Philip's bit, either manual or cordless, and you will need a crescent wrench to bend the door axle if it doesn't line up.  When you order the new soft close feeder the holes in the feeder side are pre drilled but you will need to drive the screws into the wooden bar as part of the assembly process.

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 45 pounds with packaging for the two medium rat proof treadle chicken feeders. 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 a 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

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