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"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful,
or believe to be beautiful. "  William Morris
358 N. Rockwell Ave., Oklahoma City, OK  73127
405.942.2644
Are you tired of feeding more critters than chickens?

Are your feed costs out of control?

Are you worried about bird flu or Avian flus spread by wild birds?

This treadle chicken feeder will prevent wild birds, mice, and rats
from stealing your expensive feed and prevent  the spreading of
disease and filth.   Some customers say that it will stop squirrels too.

Raising chickens inside city limits requires being a good neighbor
that prevents rats and mice from colonizing the area.   With the
outbreak of Bird Flu in early 2015 it is very important to prevent wild
birds from sharing feed and water with your flock.  Authorities in
several states have already begun testing and euthanizing  
backyard chicken flocks and it is reported that they will test flocks
up to seven miles from any outbreak.  So far the Bird Flu outbreaks
have been limited to backyard flocks and very small barnyard flocks.

My own feed bill plummeted by 75% after I began using the
prototype treadle chicken feeder.  Mice, rats,and wild birds not only
eat feed out of regular feeders, they fill their cheeks with extra food
and store it in their burrows.

The treadle feeder design is narrow and distant to prevent heavy
rats from  operating the treadle and reaching the feed. The rat would
have to weigh over one pound to work the treadle feeder and the
treadle is set so far back that and when the rat leans forward to get
to the feed the leverage is less and the door closes.   The door is
also spring loaded  to keep the door tightly closed.

If you already have a large rat colony living under your chicken
coop, it has been reported that rats will initially learn to swarm the
treadle feeder but eventually the ones sitting on the far end of the
treadle figure out it doesn't pay to be there and the cooperation
ends. I guess rats are like politicians, the heist always falls through
as they squabble over the spoils.
When I started raising my own back yard flock the rats became a
serious problem. I found the wonderful metal  Grandpa treadle
feeders online but the cost was outrageous at $150.00 and up and
they could trap a chicken's heads due to the design. I couldn't see
paying that so I started making prototypes. I found from testing the
prototypes in my own chicken house that was over run with mice
and very large rats that mice and rats will starve out in about two
weeks once the rat proof treadle chicken feeder was installed. The
starving rats started ranging into the open yard during the day to
look for food and my two dogs killed many of them.
Medium Rodent Resistant Chicken Feeder  
$65.00
+ shipping   

Click Here to Order a Medium Feeder
Small Rodent Resistant Chicken Feeder
$60.00 + shipping
 

Click Here to Order a Small feeder
The small metal rat proof treadle
chicken feederis the same height
and depth as the medium rat proof
treadle chicken feeder but the width
is 7" instead of 11". It holds around
12 # of laying pellets and weighs
around 12# packed for shipping. The
small rat   proof treadle chicken
feeder is perfect for smaller  coops
and costs $60 plus shipping.

The small rat proof treadle chicken
feeder should feed four birds for
twelve days, just under two weeks.  

The approximate assembled size is
18" deep x 10" wide x 19" tall.
Got the rat proof treadle chicken feeder and have been using it a few
weeks now and wanted to give you some feed-back:

First off, it works great. I looked all over the web for an affordable treadle
feeder and yours is pretty much the best for the price. I also bought a
wooden treadle feeder from my local farm-supply shop, just to check it
out, because it was cheap and a different design, and basically, it sucks.
It is the style where the lid lifts up instead of back like yours does, and it
hits the chickens in the face when they step on the lever, they get scared,
and step off, and don't come back. I had that one in the coop for over a
week and the chooks never learned to use it. I had to prop it open for
them to get fed. Yours, they learned to use on their own in just a few
days. Great design!

Thanks again for making an awesome feeder. I am going to take the one
i bought from my local farm-supply shop back and try to convince them
they should be ordering your feeder instead.

Todd H., Oakland, CA   


My husband put together the rat proof treadle chicken feeder today...he
complimented you by saying..humm...pretty smart guy...  nice design...

ynendine, (on backyardchickens.com)
(The lady below has a commercial flock of hundreds of chickens:)

I LOVE THEM!   I can't wait to order the next 4 automatic chicken feeders.

They were lighter than I expected, installed easily, and by this morning the
chickens are sitting on treadle to eat with the door propped open. The
turkeys are tall enough to just reach around and eat. We'll see how they
do when it is no longer propped open.

Val  W.    VA
Hello!
I would like to order a second rat proof treadle chicken feeder!
My  chickens are getting used to the first one and it seems there
isn't quite enough room for them all to eat in peace. So just to let
you know I will send the same amount I did a couple of weeks
ago!

Thank you again!

Cory M.
Does it work?
Here are some customer testimonials:

(This customer had one of the original rat proof treadle
chicken feeder with the three piece treadle assembly which we
have upgraded to a one piece assembly and it was needing an
occasional tightening due to heavy use.  We gave him a discount
to upgrade to the new feeder)

Hi Al
I’ve been meaning to email you for quite some time. I ordered a
medium  rat proof treadle chicken feeder last October and it has
been  a  
god send. You have an amazing product that has
significantly decreased (if not eliminated) the rats around our
coop!   I have been experiencing one small issue though
which has perhaps been fixed with your new design.  All that to
say – I’m  excited to see the new design! I see that the new
pedestal is composed primarily of one solid piece of metal, which
I   assume can only help to improve the integrity of its function.

Charles R, Aurora, OR

(Email was edited for brevity)


Just wanted to let you know that after two weeks of use I'm convinced
that your treadle feeder is the best money I've ever spent! It only took
a  few days of training (leaving the door open) for my chickens to
figure  it out.   Obviously the sparrows don't have any more snacks
and  it's a riot watching squirrels try unsuccessfully  to get a snack.

David H.  Germantown TN.

And an update from David a few months later:

It's been about three months since I started using my treadle feeder.
This Has to be the single best thing I've ever purchased for me and
my      chickens! It makes life easier. Since I have an ultra small flock I
only have to fill it once every two weeks.

Keep up the great work!

David H.   
Keep up the skilled work. I love my Chicken feeder and I have had
great  results from your unique design!

Elizabeth M.  
South Tampa, Florida
Hello,
just a note to say I love my automatic chicken feeder and will be
ordering  another one soon. what a great value. The chickens were
puzzled by it at  first but now they get it. and it is sooooo well made.
thank you!

Margaret H.
I purchased the small feeder for my 6 chickens. They learned to
use it within 2 days and my feed bill was reduced by 90 %.
Chickens are happy, I am happy, this is a wonderful product. I
am purchasing another feeder for a friend of mine.
Susan K., Phoenix Az.


(A 90% savings in feed will pay for a rat proof chicken feeder in just a
few months not to mention the lesser chances of diseases caused by
rats and mice eating the same food and drinking the same water as
the  chickens.  Fleas and lice are also spread by vermin and fleas are
the main disease spreading factor of bubonic plague!    Rat urine is
responsible for the spread of leptospirosis, which can result in liver
and   kidney damage in humans. It  can also be contracted through
handling     or inhalation of scat. Complications include renal and liver
failure, as well as cardiovascular problems
.)
It's fantastic!  We had a similar set up made of wood, but the rats
obviously chewed into it and were going through the food.  My
husband feeds the wild turkeys we have, and rather than having
to run  outside each time he sees them, he wants to leave a
feeder out for them,too!   :-)      Thank you very much!  

Beth from California
I just installed the rat-proof feeder from The Carpenter's Shop
in Oklahoma City. It was delivered quickly, it's well-made, and
some of the chickens have already jumped on the lever to
open the grain door. So far, so good for adult chickens.
There's just one thing--I can't get them to stop looking at their
reflections in the sheet metal. Oh, those vain chickens!   

Chicken Woman on Facebook
I purchased this feeder a couple years ago at  xxxxx
New Town Road  xxxxxx,AR .  I would like to get a new
one of your steel ones.    

Thanks Kristi H.

(note that this is one of the original wooden feeders and
has been in use for several years sitting out under a
shed roof.  The galvanized feeders will do even better
but even the wooden ones worked very well.)
Hello,
This is a second unit -- I am getting this for my
neighbor as a gift. Your feeder works very well -- very
easy to pay for itself. Also, I "seeded" the feeder with
meal-worms to help train my hens to begin using it.

Thanks

George W.   Moses Lake WA
Ready to order a feeder?   Click on the blue link below
and it will take you to the online shopping cart.   There is
another page called the Engineering, Quality, and FAQ
that answers a lot of questions that get asked and some
that should be asked.  Please go through that information
to make sure the feeder is exactly what you need before
ordering.

Click Here to Order a Medium Feeder

Click Here toOrder a Small Feeder

Questions?
There are a lot of pictures of the feeders on
the Engineering,Quality,and FAQ page

Engineering, Quality, and FAQ page  
Ok , love the feeders!!!

Little mice were climbing in the back at the top, I hung 3 metal door
hinges ( a girls fix) and twala no more mice.  Wow my feed bill has gone
down tremendously, and all the sickness the birds and mice bring are
coming to an end,!!! Thanks for such a great product!!

Aryana
This customer ordered his second feeder about a week after
buying the first feeder.   We don't market the rat proof feeder
as squirrel proof but customers say that it will prevent them
from eating the feed:


First of all, I really love your product!

Thanks again for your wonderful product.  I have chicks in the
city and, when I let them out of the coop to pasture, I had every
bird and squirrel in the coop eating the food.  That doesn't
happen anymore!  Thank you!

Doug
The medium rat proof treadle chicken feeder hopper holds 26
pounds of laying pellets or other feed and has a 100%
galvanized sheet metal feed tray and hopper so the feed
flows easily and sanitation is assured.    

Generally a laying hen eats around 4 ounces of feed per day,
so one pound of feed should feed four birds one day, 7
pounds per week per four birds, or 3 1/2 weeks per full
hopper of feed for a four hen flock.    '

Approximate assembled size is 18” deep x 14” wide x 19”
tall.  Shipping weight is around 15 pounds with packaging for
the medium rat proof treadle chicken feeder.
We finally got home with the chicken feeder and after many worries
about the girls weighing enough to open the door, we installed it
yesterday using only the spring to operate the treadle.


Today both chickens are feeding after a few lessons and the multitude
of sparrows are truly stymied as how to get some of the feed. I have
told a few friends about your feeder and so you might get some more
orders from Bermuda.

Thank-you for this great addition to our little coop.

Suzi J.
Bermuda
(the customer had the feeder shipped to a friend she was visiting in the
U.S. and put the feeder in her luggage when she returned to Bermuda.
International shipping is expensive and time consuming for the paperwork
so we only ship in the U.S.)
Just want you to know, I bought another one back in the
winter.  It has saved me a ton of money in feed, and my
chickens are very comfortable with it, keeps the hen house
much cleaner.

Great design and thanks again.

Sharon
Thank you for the quick delivery of the medium chicken feeder! I was very happy
to assemble and install it before the cold front comes in tonight. I'm sure our
chickens will be much happier this winter with a constant supply of
food--especially when the food is not being carted off by dozens of mice!

Thanks again.

L. Watts
Regarding feedback, here's my experiences:

1.I have 20 hens and 1 rooster and two medium feeders work well. I fill
them about once per week and there is no fighting for space to eat.


2. Occasionally two hens will eat together and one will attempt to get
inside the compartment to scratch at the feed. This can result in feed
being spilled out the front, over the lip. What I have found works for this is
to mount a small piece of wood or Plexiglas across the front in such a
way that it raises the height of the lip without hindering eating or affecting
the door closure. Two sheet metal screws are all that is needed to keep
this in place.

3. Very happy with these feeders. Not feeding any rodents now.

G.H. Woodside CA
Ordering info
on this side
Information about the feeder on this side
Customer testimonials below and on our
shopping cart
How to Order
a feeder
Above is a photo of a commercial organic free range chicken
operation that researched every chicken feeder in existence
before choosing our feeders.   

For five years they had a real wild bird problem that was eating
an estimated 20 pounds of expensive organic chicken feed per
day and the free food encouraged massive flocks of birds to
hang around,destroying their organic lettuce crops as well.

The owners had this to say about their Carpenter Shop Rat
Proof feeders:

"Fifth Crow Farm now has brand new, treadle chicken feeders!
… and they’re working!!!     When a chicken steps on a lever at
the front of the feeder, the feeder opens and they can eat.  
When they step off, the feeder shuts.  A small bird like a starling
can’t get it to open, while a plump hen has no problem with it.    
We’ve created units of 6 small feeders mounted to weather
treated plywood which is affixed to a pallet so they can be
moved with a tractor."

With the Bird Flu or Avian Flu outbreak this year it is all more
important that backyard chicken owners and small commercial
free range/organic flocks take steps to eliminate wild birds from
hanging around their area.   Once the free food is eliminated the
birds will do as nature intended and spend their time foraging for
something to eat instead of hanging around your flock.   They
will find other sources of water too, leave their droppings
somewhere else and that is super important as wild duck
droppings are thought to be one of the main vectors of the
infection.

But the health officials still really don't know what is actually
spreading the disease so cutting down on wild bird/chicken flock
contact is the prudent thing to do to avoid having your flock
devastated by Bird Flu or euthanized by health officials.
We started out making the feeders in the U.S. at my cabinet
shop in Oklahoma City but two things happened; the feeder
became more and more complicated and costlier to build whick
meant there was nearly no profit in making the feeders and we
found that it was difficult to keep up with demand. Many a
night feeders parts were taken home to be assembled on the
kitchen table so they could be shipped the next day but
starting about two years ago we began working on our new
shop in the Philippines near the old Clark Air Force Base.

It took two years but the first container load of feeders arrived
in early February of 2015 and we have been able to afford to
increase the thickness of the galvanized sheet metal
throughout the feeder, add additional safety seams on the lid
and inner feed tray,leaving only the front side edges un
seamed in order to get a good tight fit. Those edge are factory
edges though and perfectly smooth and they have been de
burred by hand.

The shop is 100% owned by Americans, managed by an
American family, and staffed with hard working Filipinos who
are extremely grateful to find well paying work with benefits, a
rarity in the Philippines.   Some workers were from the Visayan
region and were displaced by the 2013 Bohol earthquakes
which was followed by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda which wiped
out sections of Leyte including Tacloban, killing over 6,000
people.  The workers do an outstanding job building the
feeders and as they work on the product full time the feeder
they are producing is actually better quality than the ones we
were building in Oklahoma!
What does 1,100 Rat Proof chicken feeders
look like?
Here are pictures of the first container load of feeder that
arrived from our Philippines branch in February of 2015
Twenty five pallets of feeders means that we won't be
assembling feeders at the kitchen table anytime soon.  
The quality is better than what we were producing in
the U.S. and we ought to be making a profit once the
next container load arrives and is sold.  

We un box each feeder for a quality inspection before
shipping to our customers.   We are still committed to
recycling or diverting waste wood from landfills so we
bring the feeders in missing the hardwood treadle step
and softwood spacer block which are produced from
hardwood scraps  and  surplus pallets from material
deliveries.
Why is it so important to keep
rats and wild birds away from the
chicken feed?

Two words:   Bird Flu or Avian
Flu

In early 2015 health officials in a
half dozen states including
Washington, Oregon,
Mississippi, Minnesota,
Arkansas, and Kansas to name
just a few, have found backyard
chicken flocks that were infected
with bird flu.  Some authorities
initially blamed wild ducks until it
was pointed out that the
infection hot spots were reported
in reverse of the normal
migratory patterns and that up
North the wild ducks have yet to
show up due to cold weather.

A more likely culprit are small
birds like sparrows or starlings.
Stop the wild birds from spreading Bird Flu before city,
state,and federal officials  use this as an excuse to ban
backyard chickens!  

We know how hard many of you fought to get permission
for backyard flocks and how many are still trying to
convince city officials to allow backyard birds.


More information on diseases carried by birds, rats,
mice,and squirrels
Here are some news stories about the Bird Flu outbreak:

Oregon and Washington State officials fear backyard flock infections will
impact commercial flocks or the export of commercial poultry

Determining how avian flu is spreading is crucial to preventing future
outbreaks, protecting poultry and limiting damage in the $5.7 billion export
market. Already, the outbreak has prompted top poultry importers,
including Mexico and Canada, to widen trade restrictions.


Canadian officials say an avian influenza outbreak in British Columbia
has spread to more than a half dozen poultry farms and affected about
245,000 birds.    Officials say the owner of the flock of about 150 birds
near Benton City contacted the Agriculture Department after losing nearly
50 birds in the past week.

Kansas Health Officials are watching backyard flocks:
Dr. Bill Brown, State Animal Health Commissioner, confirmed that a
response team from KDA’s Division of Animal Health and from USDA
has been dispatched to the area to conduct surveillance activities.  “It is
important to know where backyard flocks of poultry exist.  We have also
been in contact with commercial poultry farmers in the region.”  Avian
Influenza exists naturally in many wild birds and can be transmitted by
contact with infected animals or ingestion of infected food or water.


Missouri Flocks infected with Bird Flu

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly
pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in two separate commercial
turkey flocks in Missouri.

The flocks are located in Jasper County and Moniteau County, within the
Mississippi flyway where this strain of avian influenza has previously been
identified. CDC considers the risk
to people from these HPAI H5
infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low.