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Automatic treadle feeders

Post by Tweetypie » Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:05 pm

Just saw some automatic treadle feeders on ebay and wondered if anyone owns one or has had experience of their hens using them?

I initially thought they looked a great idea, but then doubt set in when I saw on some of the feedback that their hens could not get used to it and with mine being ex batt's, not sure if they would, either.

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Re: Automatic treadle feeders

Post by rick » Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:46 pm

Hmmm. I don't like the look of that. I would expect that if they did step on the treadle then the big flappy lid opening would make them run a mile.

I like this kind of thing. The mice probably can get to it with some effort when its hanging 6 inches off the ground but not easily and I have never found any mouse droppings in the tray (like you might in an open bowl left on the floor.) Last my 5 LF and a bantam about a week when filled.
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Re: Automatic treadle feeders

Post by Marigold » Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:56 pm

I found the trouble with the kind Rick shows is that the little slots for the food got messed up with bits of Aubiose which mixed with the feed so you can't see how much is in the holes. And at the slightest sign of damp, the feed caked and didn't flow.
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Re: Automatic treadle feeders

Post by Tweetypie » Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:08 pm

I already have one of those Rick shows and it's OK, I just thought the treadle one might be good for less spillage and for pellet feed. I give them mash and pellet separately, as I was introducing the pellet, assuming they had not had this before. They do like both types of feed. Agree with Marigold that the mash feed can become clogged in the hanging one.

The treadle contraption does look a bit strange and I am not sure if they would adapt to it, it was just a thought. :-)05

What do you use, Marigold?
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Re: Automatic treadle feeders

Post by Kippy » Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:56 pm

I have a treadle feeder and love it, it did take a while for the hens to get used to it, and yes they did get a fright at first, but depending on what make you get , it does come with little bolts you can put in so it limits how much the flap opens until they get used to it.
Since I’ve had mine I’ve had no rat holes appearing in the pen as there’s zero wastage and the rats can’t get in, it holds a lot of food, keeps it clean, stops wild birds helping themselves, and I don’t have to take it in at night.
I have a Grandpa’s Feeder, expensive but so well made it’ll outlast me.
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Re: Automatic treadle feeders

Post by LadyA » Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:05 am

I have a Grandpa's Feeder as well. It takes two or three weeks to train the hens to use it. You can set the flap to fully open for a week/ten days, and then to half open, so it does move when they step on the treadle, but not too much. Initially, yes, they do get a fright, but it doesn't take them long to get the hang of it, and soon you'll hear them standing on the metal treadle, scratching!
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Re: Automatic treadle feeders

Post by Hen-Gen » Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:29 am

I use these too and find that if you leave them open for a week or two with a rock on the treadle they get the hang of how to use it. Mine are inside the sheds so no issues with damp.

However they are not vermin proof. Hordes of starlings go into the sheds, steal the food and poo everywhere. I can only assume that they've learnt that if they sit on the treadle en masse then it opens.
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Re: Automatic treadle feeders

Post by LadyA » Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:32 am

Hen-Gen wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:29 am
I use these too and find that if you leave them open for a week or two with a rock on the treadle they get the hang of how to use it. Mine are inside the sheds so no issues with damp.

However they are not vermin proof. Hordes of starlings go into the sheds, steal the food and poo everywhere. I can only assume that they've learnt that if they sit on the treadle en masse then it opens.
Bloomin' pigeons are also heavy enough to open it! And magpies have learned that two of them are heavy enough to do it too. I think they were caught in the act of stealing the grub by the chickens at one stage this week, as there were a lot of magpie feathers in the run, by the exit, as if they almost didn't make their escape! :D I keep thinking that I must check the feeder, and see if there's a way of tightening up the treadle a bit.
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Re: Automatic treadle feeders

Post by Kippy » Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:02 am

I must have thick wild birds, haven’t seen any taking food from the feeder, it’s mainly Woodies and Pheasants we have here.
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Re: Automatic treadle feeders

Post by Hen-Gen » Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:03 am

That's just the icing on the cake, LadyA. I'm thinking I might have to go back to twice a day feeding rather than ad lib. Easy to put a trough of food in for half an hour before opening the pop-hole but not so sure about how to manage the situation in the evening.
You can scatter a few handfulls of mixed corn on the grass before they go in to sleep because they fall on it like a flock of gannets but try that with layers pellets and they are not enthusiastic.
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