comercial stand-on rat-proof feeder????

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by toddreed, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. toddreed

    toddreed Out Of The Brooder

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    So I've seen a lot of these home-made feeders on the web where the chicken stands on a lever-arm which opens a lid to the trough of an auto-feed feeder. They all seem to work pretty well, and I'm thinking about building one as an end-alll solution to my rat problem. Seems pretty simple to build and I don't mind doing it, but I was wondering if there exists a commercially available one so that i don't have to re-invent the wheel?

    -Todd
     
  2. toddreed

    toddreed Out Of The Brooder

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    ok, asterisk, I mean an affordable one. I just found the "grand-dad's chicken feeder" on the web. Looks nicely made but $195 plus shipping is a bit out of my ballpark.

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  3. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    You might try contacting the OP on this thread. He was selling relatively affordable treadle feeders. Good luck!
     
  4. toddreed

    toddreed Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the tip! LOL! After posting this thread last night, I did a little more googling and found Al from www.thecarpentershop.net and ordered one of his plywood feeders. Coincidentally that's the same guy as the OP you refer to. Looks like a great design. I'm excited.

    -todd
     
  5. joan1708

    joan1708 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have ants in California? I don't think any kind of feeder sitting on the ground will work in Texas because of ants.
     
  6. toddreed

    toddreed Out Of The Brooder

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    well we do have them in CA, but never seen them in the feed so far.

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  7. Al Gerhart

    Al Gerhart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, still making the feeder. It has evolved into a pretty decent product after we switched to galvanized sheet metal. Had to learn to work with the stuff and buy some expensive machinery but it is pretty bullet proof at this point. Hoping that BYC will respond to my email and get me in touch with their ad salespeople.

    Here is the recently updated webpage for the feeder.

    http://thecarpentershop.net/mediumplywoodchickenfeeder.html
     

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