SmartStep™ Poultry Feeders
- Stop rats, mice, wild birds and other small pests from eating your poultry feed
- Feed stays dry and protected in most weather conditions
- Side window allows for visual check of feed level. Lid opens toward back of feeder for filling.
- Recessed trough design and lip reduces wasted feed. Birds can’t reach in and scratch out feed.
- Roost is elevated 1.75" above the ground, which allows more manure to fall through, rather than collect and bind operation.
- Treadle can be adjusted for birds’ weight. Choose from 0.5 lbs, 1.10 lbs and 1.65 lbs settings.
|Feeds Up To||2 hens at once||2 hens at once||2 hens at once||2 hens at once||4 hens at once|
|Feed Capacity||13 lb (6 kg)||26 lb (12 kg)||44 lb (20 kg)||66 lb (30 kg)||88 lb (40 kg)|
How to Use
Minimal assembly required: Attach the front step and lid to feeder body. All required hardware is included.
- Chickens need to be trained to feeders. Select a trainee and place them on the roost to activate the door. They will see the feed and recognize that this is the place to be fed.
- Allow room under roosts. As manure and bedding accumulates, doors will not be able to open fully. Either hang the feeder or periodically clear bedding and manure. Partially open doors have the potential to scrape the combs of large combed birds.
- Because the feed lands far back in the feeder, we do not recommend its use with waterfowl.
- Use coarsely ground feeds for optimal feed flow in humid conditions (the same with all high capacity feeders). High concentrations of fines (powder) in feed bind easily when moisture is present (stopping feed flow).
Periodically check and remove accumulated build-up from underneath the footplate to allow for proper operation.
Roosters with large combs may drag their combs on the edges of the door, creating minor cuts. We suggest looking to other style of feeders for your roosters.
Some bantam varieties may not be tall enough to reach feed low in the trough.
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Jennifer M from Utah
I purchased the 88 lb feeder since I have 20+ chickens but it is too big and they can't open the feeder unless a few are on it at the same time, which they aren't figuring out. They may just be too light. I am trying to return it for a smaller feeder so they can open the feed door.
David C from Colorado
I absolutely love my feeder! I fill it a about every two weeks to feed 10 birds. Keeps the mice, chipmunks and birds from eating their food. It did take just under 2 weeks to train them, but it was so worth it. Even my rooster eats out of it! After about 3 weeks of using it, I did need to oil the hinges, because it was getting stuck but I haven’t had any problems since. I’ve had it about 6 months. I recommend it to all my friends who have chickens. I’m very happy with it.
Jennifer M from Tennessee
I can't say enough good things about this chicken feeder. I absolutely love it.
Hunter H from Georgia
Took forever to get a few chickens to start using it and now the lever is somehow messed up where the door wont even open when you depress it with your hand. I like the idea but it is not practical or functional.
3D Farm from Wisconsin
I ordered 2 SmartStep 66 lb feeders. Partially because 2 units put the order over the free shipping threshold.
At 66 lb each, I find I can about empty a 20 gallon galvanized carbage can into the two feeders, which keeps all the feed out of reach of rats.
I observe my chicken feeder area through the night with the aid of a trail camera. And before the use of the SmartStep I could see the population starting to grow. As they came up to the older gravity style hanging feeder I was using jump up and help themselves. They also had plenty of spilled feed in the bedding below that they could search out and feast on.
Now that I have placed the feeders, and have removed the weight from the treadle, I have observed a few rats still there, but they do not get feed directly from feeder, and there is limited spilled feed in the bedding for them to feed on. And I can see they are struggling to find enough to eat. Which in turn, I suspect will keep the population from exploding.
I have a variety of chickens training to the feeders. I am not sure they all have it down pat yet, but even the bossy smaller pullets out there are learning not to chase other chickens off of the treadles, otherwise the door will go closed.
I also have a few geese, with access to the feeders. I think they are at least getting some feed sometimes, but there long necks tend to put there feet off the treadle and hence the door stays shut. I have observed them to get up the feeder diagonally at times and thus successfully hold the feeder open and get some feed. They are messier than the chickens, and tend to expel some feed out into the bedding when they eat. But they do seem to eat early in the day and the chickens mostly consume the spilled feed. Especially the loner chickens that do not always figure out how to open the feeder.
Once the feeders were available for order Premier 1 notified me and I put the order in promptly. The feeder arrived in individual boxes, that were packaged together in a larger box.
When I opened the first box I was surprised that upon lifting the feeder out, the treadle dropped down, and "Wa-La" it was ready for feed.
I hesitate to submit my review because, I may want to purchase another unit or two to extend the period of time, we could be gone on a winter get away, and you all may, buy them all up on me.
Oh well! I figure if I limit feed the rodents most of the time, there population won't explode to much during the time I have to use the old style feeders to extend my vacation period.