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Re: Automatic treadle feeders

Post by Hen-Gen » Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:10 am

Kippy wrote:
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.
There's another point. The thickness of animals never ceases to amaze me. A couple of weeks ago I found a couple of lambs had gone in through the pop-hole. But when startled by me going into the shed the thought of exiting by the same method was beyond them. Let's just run around the shed in blind panic!
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Re: Automatic treadle feeders

Post by Tweetypie » Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:25 am

Ahh now I am swinging towards getting one, after hearing the recent comments. I would still use the other for the time being (don't want them to starve).

I don't get the wild birds in the enclosed pen and coop, they tend to go to the back garden where there is a big supply of suet and seed I put out for them. The occasional blackbird goes inside the outer run, but very rarely and is probably looking for worms in the soil area. The hens scare them off anyhow. :D

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Re: Automatic treadle feeders

Post by Margaid » Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:11 pm

Lambs are really stupid; we would have ten get under the fence and run up and down the other side. Then 9 would come back through the same gap but would the tenth follow them? Then left behind, could it find find the gap? So then there would be 9 running up and down one side and one running up and down the other side, all bleating madly. It was usually me who had to climb over the fence and rescue it!
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Re: Automatic treadle feeders

Post by Kippy » Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:14 pm

Tweetypie wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:25 am
Ahh now I am swinging towards getting one, after hearing the recent comments. I would still use the other for the time being (don't want them to starve).

I don't get the wild birds in the enclosed pen and coop, they tend to go to the back garden where there is a big supply of suet and seed I put out for them. The occasional blackbird goes inside the outer run, but very rarely and is probably looking for worms in the soil area. The hens scare them off anyhow. :D

Thanks again, everyone.
I’m a total convert to them, used the regular plastic feeders for years, hens used to do a great job of scattering the feed all over the place and occasionally knocking it over if there’d been a bit of a stooshie, none of that happens with a good quality treadle.
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Re: Automatic treadle feeders

Post by rick » Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:53 pm

To be fair I don't get any scattered feed from the hang up 'bell' style feeder (impossible to knock over) and I have even removed a few of the fins to give them easier access without so much as they can flick the pellets out (as they will always do given half a chance.) Ive also never had it clog up but then it never gets wet except when a hen occasionally manages, against all odds, to poop in it and clog up that section only (happens about once a month.)
They do kick a bit of Auboise in there sometimes - then eat it along with the pellets.
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Re: Automatic treadle feeders

Post by LadyA » Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:57 am

My feeder is in the enclosed, secure run. The hens go in and out during the day. There is a door into their outdoor pen, which is not quite knee high on me, which lets them out. It's that that the bloomin' magpies went through to help themselves. Still, hopefully, judging by the lost feathers, they won't be trying that again! Can't see my greedy hens taking kindly to their food being stolen!

Before I got the grandpas feeder, I had another, cheaper one. The rats quickly learned to operate it, as it was very lightweight.
Lead me not into temptation. I can find the way myself!
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Re: Automatic treadle feeders

Post by Marigold » Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:18 pm

Tweetypie wrote:
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What do you use, Marigold?
I use this kind, see photos;
The lid lifts off for refilling and the amount of flow of the feed is controlled by an adjustable panel on the inside at the back - you can move it up or down and then it screws into place. The feeder stood up to being snowed under in the winter when snow blew in sideways to the run, although normally it stays dry, being under cover.
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The original feeder came with an extension to allow you to put more feed in, but I found this was too heavy and destabilised it, so I don't use that bit. As shown, it holds about 5 kilos. The first one I bought has now been going for 4+ years and the only hen who managed to scratch feed out of it was my delinquent pullet Violet, (recently rehomed for other misdemeanours, and it hasn't happened since she departed!)
This is my original post about it, showing the complete feeder.
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Re: Automatic treadle feeders

Post by Tweetypie » Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:33 pm

Ooh your run looks so cosy, Marigold. :-)

I tell you what I decided. The hanging plastic feeder I have, which someone mentioned they made their feed pecking holes wider, is what my OH has done and funnily enough they seem to stand there eating for longer. I have decided not to bother with the treadle as the Grandpa one is way too expensive for two hens.

Just wasted £6 on a specific suet feeder for hens. They are not interested. I crumbled some of it on the floor, but still no joy, so the starlings will probably end up scoffing that!
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Re: Automatic treadle feeders

Post by Marigold » Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:37 pm

Don't give them ANY suet, it will make them fat and they will deposit it round their ovaries and make bad 'lady problems!"
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Re: Automatic treadle feeders

Post by Tweetypie » Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:47 pm

I may have called it a suet block as it looks like the wild bird blocks I put out. Just checked it...it is a forage feeder cake, so no suet in there. It is specifically for chickens. Phew!

https://shop.bhwt.org.uk/products/henta ... aging-cake
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