Originally Posted by Sylvester017
Hi lynnehd -
I tried raising the Feed-O-Matic on a paver stone to make it easier for the chickens to dip down and under the feeder but the Feed-O-Matic treadle will need to be set on a paver also or else the feeder will tip forward when the treadle is stepped on. The feeder is heavy for the smallest Feed-O-Matic size but apparently not balanced well and therefore will tip forwards when the chicken steps on the treadle if there is not a paver also under the treadle - the whole purpose to raise the feeder is defeated because of the imbalance of needing a paver under the treadle also. A larger Feed-O-Matic size like our Chicken Condos 20-lb feeder might be more stable but since I only have the smallest Feed-O-Matic I can only suppose. This afternoon one of the Silkies, besides the Breda, went into the feeder to eat - hurray! I am keeping the treadle down to keep the feed drawer open until all the chickens have learned there's goodies inside the "scary" new thing. After I see progress on more chickens using the open feeder I will gradually set the treadle in the closed position to see if they will use it in the closed position. For now the nasty House Sparrows have discovered the new feeder but I've positioned it at the back door where I can watch and chase them off. What I don't do for my chickens - sigh. My 20-lb Chicken Condos treadle feeder was not this much trouble. Again, I'm thinking the smallest size Feed-O-Matic may have been a mistake for me. Also, during assembly the feeder lid did not close completely - there was a little 3/8 inch gap on the right end of the lid showing the seed inside. The treadle is also so sensitive that something the weight of a rat will be able to open the lid. On the Chicken Condos a rat's weight on the treadle can't open the inward opening so I'm leaning toward liking my Chicken Condos 20-lb capacity more than the smallest Feed-O-Matic feeder. We'll see what Tyler from Feed-o-matic replies to my email.
Here's Rent-A-Coop's reply to me - surprised they answered on a Sunday! I haven't tried his suggestions yet so will try them tomorrow. I don't know how mealworms are supposed to stay on the open-grate treadle foot though? the wind blows them away or fall through the holes of the treadle. I let him know that putting the feeder on a paver stone to make the feed bin higher doesn't work because if the treadle foot is stepped on the feeder tips - the treadle foot also needs to be on a paver so that defeats the height adjustment of putting the feeder at a higher level for the chickens to reach. Having the treadle at the same level as the feeder doesn't help raise the low feed bin any. I'm sure chickens adapt to all kinds of things but needless to say I'm just a tad disappointed. And I'm surprised at how heavy this smallest Feed-O-Matic is. It weighs as much as my 20-b capacity Chicken Condos feeder. I let him know that his "video" was nothing more than a blurry reproduction of the instructions that came with the Feed-O-Matic. They need to change grams to pounds. We thought we understood the weight chart but apparently it needs some clearer modification. Guess there are always pros/cons to any product. However, I'm impressed with the instant customer service reply!!
Thank you for reaching out and asking these great questions. This is Tyler from RentACoop and I'm happy to help.
Your first question, about the weight setting, B1 is not recommended if you take a look at the chart. That setting is for a .75 pound chicken which I don't believe there are any :) What you want to set it at is B4 or A3 which would be 1.75lbs(A3) or 2.25 lbs (B4)
As for getting the other hens to use the feeder, they will always follow if one is using it. One thing you can do to speed up the process is to put some food on the green food pedal. They can see this food a little easier and while eating it, they will see the other food and start eating 75% of the time. You can also put some of their favorite treats in the food area so they get used to eating there. Mealworms will do the trick ;)
We have trained hundreds of hens in many different groups to use this feeder and all these steps combined were needed in different situations but I'm sure you will have luck when trying them.
If you have any additional questions please let us know and we will respond within half an hour. Thank you so much for being one of the first to purchase our feeder in the US and have a wonderful end of the weekend.
Tyler from RentACoop