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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Joyce P from Texas
We’ll made and works great. We put a brick on the step the first day, and by day two our red star hens had it all figured out.
Jennifer M from Hawaii
Works right out of the box. Very sturdy. Functions well!
Sheryl W from Washington
Chickens worked it fine. BUT, even with the spring on the heaviest setting, tree squirrels can open the flap, crawl inside, then can’t get back out. Letting them back out is tricky because they’re behind the flap. So not only are squirrels eating our chicken feed, the chickens can’t open the flap with a squirrel behind it. After 5 days of having to free stuck squirrels we discontinued using the feeder. If your chooks aren’t kept in a rat/squirrel-proof run you may want to consider buying a treadle feeder from a different maker.
Christopher C from Massachusetts
Be cautious with chicks, I had 4- one month old chicks get stuck in it and die. Also very light not as sturdy as I would have thought. Raccoons and such can open lid easily.
Jessie P from Washington
Cheap thin metal, opening hard for chickens to get heads in, had to put a brick on perch to keep it open.