'We have always used pheasant feeders for feeding our chickens in the past but have had problems with rats stealing food and the chickens dropping it everywhere. However, we recently acquired an excellent new feeder from Grandpa's Feeders which seems to have solved our food wastage issues!
It is a metal feeder with a treadplate mechanism that means the chickens have to place some weight on a plate for it to open. There is quite a good lip on the feeder which means that they can't hook out the feed and dump it on the floor as they like to do with normal feeders. This stops the local wild birds helping themselves and we've noticed a marked decrease in the rat activity in and around the pen.
We weren't sure how easily our older birds would take to the treadplate system so we tested it out on the 1-year-old Barnevelder hens and Legba. It did take a while but they got the hang of it after about a month thanks to the learning programme that came with the feeder'.
The team were excited to read this review , especially coming from the experts.