But before you buy look for the different versions of our feeder, we have a soft close exterior version, and we now have this new redesigned, made in the U.S. medium feeder.. There are also multi packed feeders that can lower the shipping costs down to as low as $12 to $20.00 each depending on how many and distance. Note that there is only one Medium Feeder for sale, all are made in the U.S., we leave other product pages up because of the many reviews on the listing. This product page merely lists the improvements to the newly re designed Medium Feeder although you can order from this page.
We have a lot of customer
submitted videos too that show the feeders in use, most from
customers with our Philippines made feeders that are two, even three years old.
The U.S. Made Medium Ratproof treadle chicken feeder hopper holds 32
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 a bit over 5 weeks per full
hopper of feed for a four hen flock. The feeder is designed and marketed for full size birds but you can adjust the strength of the spring loaded door down to about 1.5 pounds of operating pressure . 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.
This newly re designed feeder ships for about 10% less thanks to internal design changes and a reduced box size but it also holds about an extra gallon of feed. That took the feed capacity from 26 pounds up to around 32 pounds if you stuff the feeder to the gills.
The feeder also has a new adjustable door that can be shifted up and down, back and forth, and even side to side should it ever be needed or if you are an OCD type person. That small adjustment also allows us to fit the doors a bit tighter than the original feeders and it eliminated the wood door block and uses a metal angle to hang the door. There is a lot of competition for space at the bottom of the door axle so there will always be a small triangular shaped gap but mice and rats cannot enter through the gap, too small, too slick to climb, and too high off the ground. Be read to tweak the feeder if you want to diminish that gap if you are OCD.
The front edges of the feeder sides are also seamed or flanged instead of the original flat de-burred edges, making them much safer for large comb roosters.
An improved method of welding up the door axles resulted in a more precise door axle and that allowed us to pre-fit the wire links so the treadle bottoms out when the door is opened all the way if the feeder is on a level and flat surface. There will sometimes be a small amount of play but a full sized chicken ought to push the treadle bar all the way down.
The door axle has a new hard tube spacer that replaces the old soft tube split spacer which became needed once we introduced the soft close feature and the axle crank needed to stay solidly in place in a side to side manner.
It also has a new system of securing the feeder to a wall. The original wood block has been replaced by a sheet metal bracket that is fastened to the wall and the feeder dropped down over the top of the bracket so it traps the wire lid axle. This means you can remove the feeder buy just picking it up. The metal bracket also helps block off the a gap in back of the feeder that some customers worried about. Here is a video showing the features of the new hanging bracket
and here is a video showing how to install the new metal bracket
. If these video links do not show up hover over the words and the link will appear.
And finally, the redesigned dual spring/no counter weight door pre load system allows fine adjusting of the operating pressure needed to open the door and the spring is now out of the way of the soft close cylinder if you choose a soft close feeder. On the older versions the spring and the soft close rubbed together which bothered some OCD types.
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 13.25# 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 original feeders in use, most from customers with feeders that are two, even eight years old.