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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Grandpa's Chook Feeder Review


Help us welcome our new sponsor Grandpa's Feeders! Is this not a state-of-the-art feeder?  And I love how it's called a 'Chook' Feeder (because they were developed in New Zealand and that's what they call chickens down under).  


Grandpa's Feeders was founded more than a decade ago and their feeders are available for sale in Australia, the UK and the US in addition to New Zealand.  The feeders are designed to keep the hens (or should I say chooks!) from scratching the feed out, standing or pooping in the feeder, and to keep the feed dry and safe from wild birds, rodents and insects.

http://www.grandpasfeeders.com/

The good folks at Grandpa's Feeders couldn't have been nicer when I contacted them and mentioned that we were having a bit of a mouse problem.  Not only had mice been getting into our brand new bags of feed before I could get them into plastic containers (thank you Linus, our barn cat, for sleeping on the job!)....

but the mice had also dug under our run fencing and were stealing feed out of the tubs we use as feeders.

Since we have ducks as well as chickens, we don't use traditional chicken feeders but instead use deep rubber tubs for the feed.  Of course it was getting scattered everywhere and a lot of it was being wasted in addition to what the mice were coming around eating.  

Grandpa's Feeders offered to send me a feeder to try out and review for you all and assured me that not only would it work with both chickens and ducks, but it would solve our mouse problem.  (They also offered to send one lucky fan a feeder as well, but more about that later !)  

Several days later, a box arrived.  I am not sure who was more excited about it - me or the girls! They seemed more intrigued by the box honestly.



A bit of assembly is required, but I accomplished that easily using just a pair of pliers in about two minutes. There are instructions printed right on the inside of the lid which makes everything very easy to figure out.

It's a three step process to 'teach' your chickens to use the feeder. Honestly, I had my doubts about it when I first read the Grandpa's Feeders website.  Not that I didn't think our chickens were smart enough to figure out that they had to step on the platform to access their food, but I was afraid they would be too lazy! Remember, these girls don't even like to have to shell their own sunflower seeds!  

But I figured I had to give it a try, so I set the feeder up and set the hinged lid fixed at the highest setting, as instructed, to get them used to sticking their heads in.  I put some scratch in to entice them and as you can see, they took right to it.  
~The girls didn't hesitate sticking their heads inside to grab some scratch~
~Week One the hinged lid stays open all the time~
Week One: The lid stays up, fixed at the highest position, to get the chickens used to eating out of it.  Things went very smoothly and everyone ate out of it with no hesitation.  At night I manually shut the feeder, which not only keeps out insects, birds and rodents, but also rain which is a huge plus. The feeder is made of aluminum and galvanized steel.  It's very sturdy and well-made.

Initially I was concerned about the ducks being suspicious and not wanting to use the feeder, but once I filled it with feed, they dove right in, although Sebastian wasn't willing to step on the platform quite yet!

Week Two:  The lid is set so it will only close halfway, giving the chickens time to get used to it moving a bit. It takes about 14 ounces of weight to open it (the average standard-sized chicken weighs about 3-4.5 lbs), so one chicken is easily able to open the feeder by herself. (Note: The feeder should never be used for baby chicks because they are small enough to be able to hop in and may become trapped.) This is a 'big girls' feeder only!

~Week Two the feeder is set partially open~

~Still not a bit of hesitation - the girls love their new  feeder!~
Week Three:  Now for the real test.  The feeder was now set on full automatic, and would stay shut until the platform was stepped on.  First morning, there was a bit of confusion! PeeWee wanted to know where her breakfast was!

Madeleine, Praline and Eve came by next.....hmmm, where's the food?

Praline and Magda thought maybe they could figure out the mystery....to no avail.

But all it took was one smarty pants.... Cora inadvertently walked across the platform and voila! There's the food! PeeWee quickly rushed over to join her.
      

Then Eva joined them and one by one - or actually in threes and fours - the girls all stopped by to eat their fill. I find that about four hens will gather around to eat at the same time.  Although it is recommended to remove all other feeders while you are in the 'training' phase, I left out the other feeders since I felt this one feeder would be too restrictive for our 22 chickens and 8 ducks and some might not get enough to eat, but the girls actually went out of their way to use this new fun feeder!

The ducks even figured it out and seemed to actually get a kick out of stomping on the platform to make their food appear!  Meanwhile, as you can see, there is virtually no waste.  The hens can't scratch the feed out onto the ground, and the birds and mice no longer have access day or night.

This truly is a wonderful feeder. I'm sold on it.  Hardly any wasted feed, no worries about the feed being contaminated by wild birds or rodents, and it holds enough feed to last my flock of 22 chickens plus 8 ducks for about two days.  Of course if you have fewer hens, it will last a lot longer.



Although I was not paid for this review, I did receive a feeder courtesy of Grandpa's Feeders at no cost. However, my views and comments here are completely unbiased, are entirely my own and have not been influenced in any way by the sponsor.

93 comments:

  1. I signed up and now see this hasn't started..... Do I need to sign up again later?

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    1. You're good as far as following the blog, just go and do the entry form again. There was a glitch but I've fixed it.

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  2. cool!
    the girls are so cute discovering!

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  3. There is still nothing to enter on the form

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    1. Just comment here letting me know you have fulfilled the entry requirements as well as a way to reach you if you aren't signed in using Google Connect. Thanks!

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  4. yep, i cant get a form to fill out either.

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    1. Just comment here letting me know you have fulfilled the entry requirements as well as a way to reach you if you aren't signed in using Google Connect. Thanks!

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  5. Hang on, I know rafflecopter has been having issues.

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    1. That's why you need to enter to WIN one! I agree BUT I bet over time you would make it up in wasted feed.

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  7. I am a follower, like facebook, and liked Grandpa's...but is there something to fill out to enter?

    Leah's Mom

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    1. Yes sorry the entry form had a glitched. It's fixed now.

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  8. I'm tired of feeding the mice (and the sparrows!)

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  9. Having trouble entering the contest however.

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    1. It's being finicky....leave your email address here in the comments and confirm you've fulfilled the requirements and I'll get you entered.

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  10. Very neat feeder. I sure need this since I've discovered mice are hanging around the coop. Guess they're trying to stay warm.

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  11. Please make sure mine went through. And thank you for the chance!

    Tracy Tidwell

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  12. Can turkeys eat out of this feeder too?

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    1. They sure can as can pheasants, geese etc. any larger bird, just not baby chicks or small bantams possibly.

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  13. Okay...Liked the Farm's FB page, already Liked your FB page and I'm already signed up for your blog...clicked on the entry and not sure it took.

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    1. sorry...the contact info you asked for:
      djamesonsmith@gmail.com

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  14. I filled out all the requirements! my email is kellinicole1@me.com

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  15. This is a really awesome feeder. We have 6 girls in Nc at my brothers house until we can get out coop built.The girls will be a happy bunch and we use 3 of them for therapy chickens . I hope all my requirements have been met and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I win it or someone very special gets it.

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  16. I'm in, so I'm guessing it's all fixed now :)

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  17. filled requiremnts and my email is melpansano@gmail.com i hope to win this feeder for my girls they will love it!

    melissa pansano

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  18. I'm trying to enter; not convinced it all happened.

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  19. So happy to have found you through Pinterest!. I'm constantly looking for ideas to share with my 7 and 8yr olds in our 4-H poultry group and you have lots of great info!

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    1. Oh good! Yes I have a few natural spray cleaners - Orange Peel Vinegar and Lavender Mint that would be fund projects, plus the scratch wreath. In the summer I make frozen ice pops..scroll through and I'm sure you'll find tons of neat stuff to share. Glad you found me!

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  20. WHOOOT HOOOT! I would love to win this feeder. Great idea and website! Thank you! kingscastle@citlink.net

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  21. Oh my!!! I would absolutely love this feeder...what a great idea! I have met all requirements and have my fingers crossed. Thanks so much. queenb@epix.net

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  22. Such a neat idea. So glad you were given the chance to try it out. Thanks for sharing. I already follow you.

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  23. Once again I am having trouble entering a contest....although I believe there is something I am doing wrong. But I liked the Grandpa's feeder page, I love your page.....I think I need training.

    Beth McIntosh Burnham

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  24. I liked on facebook and am following the blog. Didn't see an entry forms so my email is westerntrends@rtconnect.net. Thanks!

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  25. SO exciting! DO you think it is goat proof ;)

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    1. Oooh, I bet goats would quickly learn to step on the panel to open it.

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  26. WOW! This would be perfect. The anti-mouse thing really took my interest as I have problems with mice. I even had to put up a chicken proof, but mouse accessible place to put in traps. I managed to catch lots of mice & at the moment (really cold weather) they are held at bay, but once it's warm again I know they'll be back.

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  27. Great feeder! Excited about the contest and completed all the requirements for entry.

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  28. I can't get the "enter here" button to work....could I just say I would like to enter??

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    1. Sure, the entry form seems to be not working right - but you have to tell me who you are and leave an email or some way to contact you.

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  29. Jennifer Younger
    4071 Herman Sipe Rd
    Conover NC 28613
    JLail4505@msn.com

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  30. I am not real thrilled with our feeder and am shopping around for something different. Said my prayers and have my fingers crossed! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  31. I emailed earlier for your eggs and mentioned that I wished I could raise chickens....since I grew up with them, and geese, and bees, and organic gardening...
    I looked into your facebook, blog... and maybe, since I liked in both places and subscribed to your blog (I would have anyway) I will be lucky enough to win the feeder and begin my "simple" life again.
    mklart@zoominternet.net
    Thanks!

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  32. The entry form is not working...

    Thank you for all of the inspiration!
    Sue Hiddink baking_billl@yahoo.ca

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  33. Did all 3. Would love this for the chicks I'm getting this year. I do have cats that are good hunters but with animal food around there'll be some that get away. Great giveaway.
    berningdebj@aol.com

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  34. Sorry Deb at berningdebj@aol.com

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  35. What a great feeder! I think the mice and squirrles eat more than my chickens,not to mention all the waste of food being thrown around! Would love to give one of these a try,maybe I would get lucky since my birthday is the 24th!!lol meschaible124@hotmail.com

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  36. Sounds like an amazing feeder! I'm prepairing for new chickens now, this would make the perfect addition to the new home they will have.
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  37. I liked you on Facebook, I follow your blog, and I liked Grandpas Feeders on Facebook! Please enter me. -Wendy Wright Clark

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  38. I followed all the entry requirements. Please enter me in the contest. I would love to have a Grandpa's Feeder!

    Jeannette O.

    jlo58@live.com

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  39. You have the best advice & the best giveaways!!!! Appreciated your help with the molt advice. Would love to win the feeder, my 22 girls would love it. Thanks again!

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  40. Wo-hoo I hope I win! pocold@centurytel.net

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  41. Thanks for the contest. Not only do I hope to win, but now I can follow you on FB, didn't know you had a FB page. Guess, I just didn't look. :) That feeder looks awesome.

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  42. Completed all the requirements! Feeder looks great!

    Brenda D
    bkd154@aol.com

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  43. These never work on a kindle. That's why I never can enter these contests. Rebecca H. bacondiva@hotmail.com

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  44. Feeder looks awesome!!!! When I win, you can get me at bstgrlfrnds@embarqmail.com!!!

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  45. Great looking feeder, we hope to win :-)

    Myra mkred1999 @ yahoo . com

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  46. Entered! I bet it was fun watching the girls figure this out! LOL!!!! daveandkelly1@gmail.com

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  47. Love the feeder....

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  48. Would love to win this feeder! hogster160@gmail.com

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  49. That is awesome, thank you for showing how the ducks and chickens adapted to the new feeder! What a wonderful idea!

    *fingers crossed* I get lucky!
    dianna.lariviere@gmail.com

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  50. This is a great feeder and a wonderful giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  51. What a neat feeder! Love the pictures of the girls learning to use it!

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  52. haha, my husband I I just finished building our own treadle feeder. I was a bit nervous that the ducks we plan to add to our flock wouldn't be able to use it because they eat differently from the chickens, so I'm glad to see it works out just fine for everyone!
    Would be thrilled to win a second feeder though, that way we have two without having to build another (it wasn't a hard project but it wasn't the least math intensive project either lol).

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  53. Absolutely love these feeders, and the fact that your calls can operate it is important to me. Thanks for all the good info and review!

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  54. These are so well made they will last decades! Wonderful!

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  55. I think my chickens would love this contraption!!!

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  56. Entered all three ways. What a nice feeder.

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  57. Grandpa's Feeder is cool! I like the way I got to sign up too. No guessing :)

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  58. Boy can I use this!!!! My guineas are a menace when it comes to feeders. I have the big metal ones and they take them apart every day. I have no idea how they do it!

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  59. Very neat feeder and would last in the outdoor weather too! Keeping my fingers and toes crossed... :)

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  60. Liked both Fresh Eggs Daily & Grandpa's Feeders and signed up for Fresh Eggs Daily blog. great giveaway. Little Brushwood Alpaca Farm

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  61. Love it! I've seen automatic feeders before but like you, was afraid that my chickens would starve before figuring it out! :) Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

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  62. I did everything I had to do to enter this great giveaway. I hope to be the winner. Thanks!

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  63. This is just awesome! Found two feedbags with holes in them just yesterday. We try to keep things neat and tidy, but winter brings desperation to the critters around here. This would be a great solution to a big problem we have around the coop. Thank you!

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  64. I liked x 2 and joined blog....I think this feeder is a great idea....thanks for the opportunity to win one...

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  65. Here's hoping! Someone is going to get a really nice Grandpa's Feeder!

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  66. Okay, check, check, and check. Liked Grandpa's Feeders on Facebook, liked Fresh Eggs Daily on Facebook, and signed up to follow your Blog. I'm just glad I found your blog. (Thanks, too, Pinterest!)
    Question: is your blog available as an RSS feed, so I can get it straight to my Yahoo page?

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    1. Hi there, yes on the right hand side about halfway down, under the archives and facebook links it says "keep up with what we're doing' and there's an RSS link.

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  67. I did all that showed up, seems like I'm missing something! Could you check this out for me and make sure it all worked and went thru? I would love one of these feeders! Thank you much!
    My contact info is CVega74@aol.com

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  68. Oh, how neat that feeder would be for my ducks and turkeys. Please enter me in and subscribe me to your wonderful blog as well.Thank you.
    rmuhoberac@gmail.com

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  69. Even though I love to play with food, I don't like it so much when the girls do...this would solve that problem!

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  70. Not here :{ but my girls would love it if they won1 thepottinshed@hotmail.com

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