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
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||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 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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Krista W from Maine
I’m not quite sure what it is, but it’s too hard to open for my chickens and guineas. Maybe it’s the springs? Or a design flaw. Other than that an okay product. Though, it would be nice if there was something to hold the lid up while filling. Wouldn’t recommend for the money.
Bruce J from Arizona
Really nice unit, very quick delivery and great packaging. Simply open the box and place it in the desired location and add your feed. I placed a landscape paver on the treadle to keep it open and allowed my girls to notice where the feed was for a couple days. Then I removed the paver and the girls figured out how to step on the treadle to eat. My feed last a lot longer now that I’m not feeding all of the wild birds that used to setup camp in my yard and eat up my pricey feed. It will pay for itself in no time. Great purchase!
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.