SmartStep™ Poultry Feeders
Treadle-action poultry feeder reduces feed waste by keeping songbirds and rodents out.
- Stop small rodents and songbirds from eating your feed
- Feed stays dry and protected
- Reduces wasted feed
- Pre-assembled! Simply adjust tension spring to match birds' weight
The chicken’s weight on the roost activates the hinged door allowing access. When the bird leaves, the door closes.
- 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||4 hens at once|
|Feed Capacity||13 lb (6 kg)||26 lb (12 kg)||66 lb (30 kg)||88 lb (40 kg)|
* Number Fed is determined by capacity multiplied by 4 oz (amount of feed the average adult chicken eats per day).
How to Use
To train chickens how to use the treadle, put a stone or weight on the footplate. It may be helpful to keep the stone in place for a day or two, this way the birds will discover where the food is.
- 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 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.
Not for use around small chicks. They may become trapped inside the feeder.
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Eran L from Maryland
We got two of these feeders and they work very well for us. YOU MUST REMEMBER TO ADJUST THE SPRING on the side to the weight of your chickens. It comes with the spring in the middle position. We have Icelandics, which are relatively small, so we had to put the spring in the first position. To get the chickens used to it, we first put a metal bar on the treadle; the chickens (two different small flocks) learned to jump on it in a short time.
Chad D from Missouri
Keeps the rain and varmints out. Keeps the food dry and the chickens fed. Very pleased. Made a video about the SmartStep Feeder if you’re interested. Not paid. Just my opinions.
Mickey D from New York
The concept of this feeder is really good, but the corners of the lid were really sharp and were not spot welded together, making them like knife blades. The potential is there that it could cause harm to the combs of roosters or hens. I had to put several pieces of electrical tape over the corners, so it would not potentially harm our chickens. Because of this, I dropped the rating to 3.
Jon C from Massachusetts
Seems to be working out. The only thing is its spring is a little bit too strong. I had to prop it open with a board to get the chickens used to eating out of it. They should lighten up on the spring that’s all.
Evi Y from Pennsylvania
I love it! I was worried to try new product that had only one review when I bought this. BUT, it's perfect. MY concern was: would the chickens' head got caught if their feet missed the treadle. But they're fine. Even if they do, they would easily release themselves. Not a problem at all.
This feeder combine grandpa feeders with PVC elbow feeder. No feed is wasted because the feed is located pretty deep and the chickens simply can't scratch it out with their beaks. It took me only one day to train them. I left the feeder open (by putting brick on treadle) and put meal worms. The next day I removed the brick. They were confused but determined bc they know that there was good food there. The noise of the treadle/lid scared them a bit but one chicken figured it out and after a couple of days the other chickens figured it out, too. I bought a big one and 3 chickens can eat at the same time and they love it. I put this feeder outside on top of a dozen of bricks to eliminate direct contact to ground (thus eliminate moisture, I hope) but under "roof" so it doesn't get rain on.