Grandpa’s Feeders: Protect Your Chickens & Wallet!

Grandpa's Feeders prevent rodents from eating and contaminating feed.
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, one of Grandpa’s Feeders would pay for itself in short order, but feed lost to rodent consumption is not the only price paid for the presence of rodents.

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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>
Rodents 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.

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.This large Grandpa's Feeder holds 40 pounds of feed, which will last 12 birds 10 days.

When a representative of Grandpa’s Feeders in New Zealand contacted me about test-driving one of their treadle feeders, I was not inclined to try one initially 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 primarily to keep rodents out of the feed and I didn’t have a problem with rodents- or so I believed.
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.

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 normally too light to open Grandpa’s Feeders.
Feeder arrived mostly assembled

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.
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.
FEATURES OF GRANDPA’S FEEDERS

  • The standard
    feeder requires 14 ounces of weight to open the lid. An adult rat weighs approximately
    9 to 11 ounces. Rats, mice, sparrows, rabbits, squirrels, etc are all normally 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 Grandpa’s 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. You 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 that requires no effort on the part of the chicken-keeper.
I’m pretty sure that’s not where the screw belongs, but it worked and you get the idea.

There is a training period that allows the birds to become accustomed to the operation of the feeder that 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.

My chickens have been using Grandpa’s Feeders for three weeks now and every one of them, from the heaviest to the lightest bird is comfortable using it. I appreciate that the feed is secure, that my chickens aren’t billing it out onto the ground, that I don’t have to fill feeders as frequently as I had been and that my birds are eating clean feed 100% of the time.
My chickens have been using Grandpa's feeders for three weeks now and every one of them, from the heaviest to the lightest bird is comfortable using it.Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

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What an awesome feeder!!

Theresa Greenwell
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Theresa Greenwell

Grandpa’s chicken feeder give away can’t find

JJ Jensen
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JJ Jensen

makes me wonder how much food is truly being wasted- sounds like a 4H project for my daughter

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WOW that’s one nice feeder

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We chickens waste a lot of food by knocking it on the ground. Some of us like to stand in our current feeder while we eat and poop while eating. Yuck. Finding rodents in our food would be much worse. We vote for a Granpa’s Feeder.

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