|The Carpenter Shop
|358 N. Rockwell Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73127
|Medium Rodent Resistant Chicken Feeder
$65.00 + shipping
|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 around 15 pounds with packaging for the medium rat proof
treadle chicken feeder.
|Small Rodent Resistant Chicken Feeder
$60.00 + shipping
|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.
|The vermin proof chicken feeder was designed using feedback from chicken owners on the forum at backyardchickens.com. The treadle
feeder evolved through several versions from a plywood feeder to a very solid galvanized automatic metal feeder thanks to the feedback
from the backyardchicken.com forum members.
The vermin proof chicken feeder is constructed of light weight 30 gauge and 26 gauge galvanized steel construction with steel treadle arms
for reliable operation under harsh conditions. The latest version of the mouse proof chicken feeder has a vastly improved lid hinge system
that uses a galvanized wire axle to allow the lid to hinge properly. The treadle arms are now bent out of one long piece of 3/4" x 1/8" steel to
make it stiffer and more durable, replacing an assembly that consisted of a left and a right treadle arm and a wooden treadle step. A narrow
hardwood step gives the chicken a comfortable "perch" while limiting the ability of a rat to reach the feed if it is heavy enough to operate the
The front swinging door on the mouse proof chicken feeder has also been redesigned using a heavy steel axle assembly that is gas
welded together using bronze brazing rod. The new door hinging system employs an integrated 1/4" crank rod that should last for decades.
Replacement parts will always be available should the need arise.
The mouse proof chicken feeder is assembled, adjusted, and tested, then disassembled for packing. Reducing the size of the box by
removing the treadle cuts around 30% off the shipping costs. There are instructions on how to put the treadle back on, about a five minute
operation if you are a klutz. The wire crank rod does need to be bent under to secure it so a pair of pliers is needed and a 3/8" wrench to
tighten the nylon locking nuts.
If you have deep litter in your coop you might want to set the treadle around two to three inches off the top of the litter by hanging the rodent
proof chicken feeder on the coop wall. The birds will hop right on the treadle just like it was a roost pole. The rat proof treadle chicken
feeder should be attached to a larger base or fastened to the coop wall to prevent tipping when empty. A wooden mounting block is
included with the feeder to hang it from a wall or fasten it to a larger base.
|Shipping Cost Information
|How to Order a Feeder
|Click here to estimate your shipping charges. Use zip code 73127.
For the medium rat proof treadle chicken feeder use 24" x 12" x 12" as
the box size and 15# as the weight. You must choose "Get a detailed
quote" so you can enter the size of the box.
For the small rat proof treadle chicken feeder use 24" x 12" x 8" as the
box size and 12# as the weight.
Or email us your zip code for a shipping rate quote at:
Business addresses with regular business hours are cheaper to
ship to if you have that option but make sure that Fed Ex Ground
recognizes the address as a business address. Foam inner packing
protects feeder during shipping. We use Fed Ex Ground for shipping, it
is the cheapest way for 99% of the orders, Hawaii is the only exception.
|When you are ready to order please email us your complete street
address (no post office boxes please), daytime phone number, and the
size of the feeder. You can use this contact form or email us @
You can pay via Paypal using firstname.lastname@example.org as the payment
address. Just visit PayPal.com and follow the instructions if you don't
have a PayPal account.
Or call in your credit card number 24 hours a day seven days a week to
our secure voice mail system.
We will need your card number, expiration date, the amount of the
payment including the shipping charges, the zip code that the credit
card bill is sent to, and the name on the credit card. The voice mail will
give the our company name, The Carpenter Shop and the number is
|The video above is one of the first uses of the prototype
wooden treadle feeder. Click on the start button to re run the
video as it starts up as soon as you come on to the web page.
The hens learned very quickly that stepping on the treadle
meant that they got to eat! If they don't pick it up in five minutes,
wait a few hours till they are hungry then trip the treadle a few
times so that they see the food. That earlier model had a
counterweight that moved up and down, quite noisy. It was
replaced with a fixed counterweight set at around one pound.
The rooster however was a little slow in picking up the idea to
step on the treadle for his dinner. He eventually learned the trick
though. He certainly let down his gender...
If you need a vermin proof chicken feeder for use outdoors, you
can construct a rain shed out of corrugated plastic or metal.
See the pictures below for an example. All you need is
something that will keep the blowing rain from hitting the door
and dripping down into the feed tray. Making it deeper would be
better if you have the room in your chicken pen. The feeder itself
is watertight to rain falling straight down due to the lid.
|Below are a few of the many testimonials from our
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
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|Does it work? Here are two recent emails from customers ordering a second feeder. The first 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:
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)
|The second customer purchased a feeder last year:
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.