"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
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. .
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 $200.00 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 vermin
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.
|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.
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 link below 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
There are a lot of pictures of the feeders on
the Engineering,Quality,and FAQ page
Engineering, Quality, and FAQ page
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.
on this side
Here are eight good reasons to buy
1. It is going to save you a lot of money on feed costs once you keep
the rats, mice, and wild birds out of your feed. Some users report that
it also defeats squirrels. Some customers report a 90% savings in
2. Your flock will be healthier once the vermin stop eating out of the
feeder and bringing their diseases and parasites along with them.
Commercial flocks know this and they go to great lengths to keep
vermin out of their flocks.
3. Your birds will not waste as much feed raking the feed out onto the
ground. The feeder has a 1/2" lip on the front to prevent raking but on
occasion you find an exceptionally talented bird that will rake so
furiously that you need to add a short lip to the feeder. The extender is
free if you pay for the postage, only one or two customers have ever
needed this extra extender so you probably won't need it.
4. The medium feeder will feed a single hen around 100 days or ten
hens for 10 days. You can go on vacation and not worry about the
birds running out of feed.
5. Once you stop feeding the wild birds and rats they will move
elsewhere and take their droppings and ancillary damage with them.
One commercial flock was losing their small greens and lettuce crops
because of the wild birds that were attracted to their free range flock
but the purchase of the rat proof feeders eliminated the food source
and they could once again sell the small greens and lettuce at the
farmers market because it wasn't pecked by the wild birds.
6. If you are in the city you won't have neighbors complaining about
the rats that are attracted to your coop. One more reason that the
City Council might allow citizens to raise chickens in backyards.
7. Birds train quickly with our style of feeder, the door swings away
from their head, not over their head so they are less afraid. The door
will push a bird's head out of the way instead of trapping the bird. The
Grandpa feeder had such a problem with birds getting trapped that
they had to add side guards.
8. It is solidly made and it actually will defeat rats, wild birds, and some
say squirrels. There is a gorgeous new feeder on the market, just
pretty and neat as all get out but it has a plastic lid and a plastic
treadle. Not only that, but the treadle is huge and will allow rats and
wild birds to defeat the feeder! Plastic degrades in sunlight, we all
know that, using plastic saves money but better a few dollars more so
it will last for ten years.
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
"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
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
which 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 my company, 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!
We recently moved onto the Clark Freeport Zone to make it
easier to import materials and machinery. The process took
almost five months to accomplish and it is more expensive but
we now have room to grow, everything is much safer in the
guarded industrial park. They call Clark "Little America"
becausue it looks exactly like a small town in the U.S.
What does 1,100 Rat Proof chicken feeders
Here is a picture of the first container load of feeders 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 again 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
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
spreading the disease agents on their feet or passing the disease
during the incubation period before they get too sick to fly
Stop the wild birds from spreading Bird Flu before city,
state,and federal officials use this as an excuse to ban
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,
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.
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. but you can use forwarding services)
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
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.
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
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.
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.
George W. Moses Lake WA
First of all, I really love your 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
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 is coming to an end!!!
Thanks for such a great product!!
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.
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 Face book
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!
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
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.
(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.
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...
ynendine, (on backyardchickens.com)
(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 all the original feeder purchasers a discount to upgrade to the
I’ve been meaning to email you for quite some time. I ordered a medium
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 am 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
Charles R, Aurora, OR
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!
Where are they made?