Grandpa’s Feeders, Save Money on Feed & Protect Chickens from Disease

 Grandpa's Feeders
When a representative of Grandpa’s Feeders in New Zealand
contacted me about test-driving one of their treadle feeders, I was not inclined initially to try one because I didn’t believe I needed a new feeder. I made my own PVC feeders and have been happy with their performance, besides, I believed treadle-style
feeders were designed to keep rodents out of the feed and I didn’t have a
problem with rodents- or so I thought.
I read through Grandpa’s website and the product appeared to
be solidly constructed, still I thought it would be difficult to justify the
purchase of a feeder that started at  ~$200
a pop…until I found a dead mouse in my run and began researching rodent control. I quickly realized that the actual and potential costs of rodents in the feed and around the
chicken coop can far exceed the cost of one of Grandpa’s Feeders.
Product arrived mostly assembled.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that
approximately $2 billion in poultry feed is destroyed by rodents annually.  Extrapolating from the startling data found here, I calculated that 25
rats can consume 500 pounds of feed per year; at $20 per bag, the feeder would
pay for itself in short order. But feed lost to rodent consumption is not the
only price paid for the presence of rodents- they are known carriers of approximately 45 diseases,
including salmonellosis, pasteurellosis, leptospirosis, swine dysentery,
trichinosis, toxoplasmosis and rabies. Mice and rats can carry disease-causing
organisms on their feet, contaminating ten times the amount of feed they
consume with droppings, urine and hair.  So,
between the risk of disease posed to my flock and the destruction/consumption
of feed, I began to realize that a well constructed feeder that keeps nasty
beasties out of the chicken feed and chicken coop/run is worth its weight in gold.
After finding the dead mouse in the run, I set up an electronic trap to see if I could catch any of his friends. Much to my surprise, this ginormous rat was in the trap and rodent warfare was ON.  <shudder>
I just received the feeders last week, so this isn’t as much
a review of the product as it is an introduction to the product. Here’s how
they work:  Grandpa’s Poultry feeders
have a cantilevered lid over the feed trough that lifts to expose the feed when
a chicken steps onto the attached platform and closes when the chicken steps
off it.
This large Grandpa’s Feeder holds 40 pounds of feed, which will last 12 birds 10 days. 
  • The standard
    feeder requires 14 ounces of weight to open the lid. An adult rat weighs approximately
    9 to 11ounces. Rats, mice, sparrows, rabbits, squirrels, etc are all too
    light to open Grandpa’s Feeders.
  • Anti-flick
    grill: prevents the birds from scooping feed out of the trough onto the dirty
    ground where coccidiosis and other diseases can contaminate the feed.
  • Capacity:
    a standard feeder holds 20 lbs of feed, which services approximately 6
    chickens for 10 days. Vacation, anyone?
  • The feeders are made of galvanized
    steel with an alloy tread plate. They are waterproof and can be
    used inside or out.
  • Poop-proof-
    chickens can’t poop in it when the lid is closed. BONUS!
  • There
    is a 12 month, money-back satisfaction guarantee. Ya can’t beat that with
    a stick! 
There is a training
period that allows the birds to become accustomed to the operation of the
feeder, but it requires no effort on the part of the chicken-keeper. For the
first week of training, two bolts prop the lid open fully and the birds get a feel
for standing on the plate and putting their heads into the trough to eat. The
second week, the bolts are lowered a notch so that the plate and lid
move slightly when the plate is stepped on. The third week, the bolts are
removed and the birds operate it themselves- when they step on the plate, the
lid opens, when they step off, the lid closes.
I’m pretty sure that’s not where the washer belongs, but…you get the idea. 
 Interestingly, my Tolbunt Polish Frizzle pullets, Calista
Flockheart and Ally McBeak were the first to explore the standard feeder in one
run and Doc Brown, my White Crested Black Polish pullet, was the first to check
out the feeder in the other run as the bigger birds looked on curiously. Next
week, we lower the bolts to the second position. Stay tuned for the report
after training has ended!
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Peggy Denton

I need one of these.

Megi Despo

This is such a neat idea!!

Donna Hinz

I need to have a Grand paws feeder. It will save me so much money.

Valerie Jensen

I'd love this!

Charlene Westberry Fisher
Charlene Westberry Fisher

Would love to win this!

Teri Armes

I love that this keeps the feed dry and rodent free! Just what I need!

Lisa Edwards

Would love it

Marji Gunn

Grandpas feeders are gorgeous! I would love one 🙂


Could sure use a Grandpas Feeder!!


What a useful thing to own! I hope I win one.