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.
(holds 26 lb feed)
(holds 66 lb feed)
|Feeds Up To||2 hens at once||4 hens at once|
|Feed Capacity||26 lb (12 kg)||66 lb (30 kg)|
|Weight||13 lb||19 lb|
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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Chris S from California
Initially, I was very excited to get these feeders, they are made in Spain instead of China which I appreciate. They are also much more affordable than some other brands. However, the feeders were not as great as expected, the doors would get stuck in the closed position and my chickens were unable to get to their feed. I tried to troubleshoot it myself and eventually reached out to Premier 1 for support. They asked me to take a video of the issue which I did and they forwarded to the manufacturer in Spain. The manufacturer got back to me with a video on how to "fix" the problem. It turns out the manufacturer knew there was an issue with some of their feeders. I attempted the fix which was bending the sheet metal with a pair of pliers. It worked for a few days and then the feeders were getting stuck again. Premier offered to refund if I shipped the feeders back. It was all a huge hassle and I ended up keeping the feeders. Premier refunded me for one of the four feeders I purchased which was nice.
Instead of shipping the feeders back I took my Dremel to them and made it so they don't get stuck anymore. Your average person would probably not have the time, ability, or tools to do what I had to do to make this feeder work correctly.
I see lot of other good reviews and I wish that my experience had been similar. Due to my experience, I can't recommend these feeders. I think Premier needs to return any of the faulty ones and quit selling them to their customers immediately.
Sheng F from California
I purchased a 26 and a 66 lb. feeder. I love them but wish my birds did as well! My two year old hens won't eat from it no matter what I do or put into it. My bantam hens are too small to trigger the door but I am hoping they will learn to hop on when a heavier hen is eating. The feed is safe from weather and from rodents which was our biggest issue. I have high hopes for these feeders still. They were so easy to install, seem to work well and I like their construction over all others I have seen and researched.
Bobette T from Maine
Have 2 new large feeders. My birds are eating from them and getting plenty of feed on the ground. They sweep the food from right to left and it piles up over the trough. But I am smarter than my birds. I bought 2 large trays for the bottom of rabbit pens. Works like a charm. I just sweep up the leavings from the day and add them back into the feeder. They haven't "lost" the rock yet( only 3 days but they do step on treadle and I am gonna retrofit it) and I think a couple of birds are too light. I have 5 white leg horns. For a couple of tries they didn't like the top of the opening touching their tall combs. Hunger won out. LOL.
I found a large stew pot works best to fill them. I have the circular slotted feeders and they spill from filling. So using the stew pot no waste.
The birds can't seem to step on both red treadle at once. So I am gonna put a thin board to straddle the two treadles. I have also be holding them and letting them perch on my fingers and wiggle them so they can get used to the motion.
Barbara C from Missouri
Purchased two feeders they have not worked as well as I would like. Pelleted feed or crumbled feed neither comes down the way it should. Chickens nearly starved at first!!! Even with a weight on the foot step to hold it open. Not sure it is working properly. Still giving them another chance.
Christopher M from Washington
These are great feeders for the price. *But a word of caution...they are a "Hen's only" feeder. I have open feeders for my rooster's and put the layer pellets in my step in treader feeders for the rooster's. Well today my New Hampshire rooster decided he'd try to get into it and about damned scalped himself! So while I definitely recommend them for a hen operation I also recommend a bit if caution if you have rooster's as well. (Rooster is gonna be fine with some medical attention and segregation.)