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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Dwight S from Washington
Can’t get chickens to eat from it. Door is noisy and they run immediately.
Dawn M from Oregon
I've tried everythng to keep both rats & starlings out of my chicken feed. A friend recommended the Smart Step Feeder. I purchased the new 44# model. My feed comes in 50 pound bags, so this is just right. What a relief and I'll save money, too.
Jeff M from Arizona
Bought the large one and although the chickens did learn to step on the door opening lever the feed fails to feed through the chute properly and just gets clogged. Our friend who also bought one had the exact same problem. Nice idea but poor execution. Maybe I can make some modifications but then again that will require an amount of time and energy. I paid money to NOT have to build my own and this does not do the job I paid for it to do. Save your money and spend it on something that will work as advertised.
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.