Before you buy look for the different
versions and sizes of our feeder, we have a soft close version, and
we now have this new redesigned, made in the U.S. medium feeder. We
are hijacking the original listing for the original Philippines made
medium feeder and this one is even better. The counterweight has
been done away with and a dual spring door closing system that is
adjustable has made the feeder even more dependable and rat
And the soft close version works so much better with the added tension. See this video showing the excellent soft and gentle closing action
. There are also multi packed feeders that can lower
the shipping costs down to as low as $15 to $25.00 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 five, even eight years old.
The U.S. made Medium Ratproof 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 4 weeks 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
. There is a lot of info on that web page
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. On the door fit, the addition of
the rolled edges on the side of the feeder opening does push the door
back, there is a lot of competition for space right in front of the
door axle so while there is some adjustment there will likely always
be a wedge shaped gap on either side but mice cannot get in, too
small, too high off the ground, and too slick for them to climb up.
The front edges of the feeder sides are
rolled 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. Feeders
sometime are a bit wonky and don't like sitting on a flat surface but
once the new metal cleat attaches the feeder to the wall it is stable
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
And finally, the redesigned dual spring
door closing system allows fine adjusting of the operating pressure
needed to open the door and the spring is now out of the way up under
the front cover. If you choose a soft close feeder they work even
better now as there is more pressure to close the door which is
needed to close the door against the back pressure of the soft close
cylinder. The door can be set stiffer than before, up to five pounds
with the existing adjustment hole. There are four holes drilled in
each side of the upper front of the feed tray that the top of the
spring hooks into. You can go from 1.5# of pressure needed to open
the door to around 5# of pressure and since the spring now is
attached directly to the door there is even more pressure pre loading
the door to guard against a big rat or squirrel from just pushing the
door open. In the earlier models the counterweight could put back
pressure on the wire link connecting the door to the treadle. With
this model the wire link is always under tension, not compression.
Squirrels are going to have a hard time pushing this door open.
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 check out 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.