Stop feeding the sparrows and save money!
This brilliant step-on feeder holds a decent amount of feed - 12kg. Ideal if you have 4 or more hens or only top up your feeder every 3 to 4 days. Suitable for all commercial hybrids (brown shavers and hylines), heavy breeds and most light breeds of poultry plus guinea fowl and ducks. Have even seen some of our ringneck cock pheasant using it! We use these feeders in our poultry runs and find them very effective.
At one stage we were feeding all the neighbourhood sparrows, mice and rats and it was costing us a fortune. When we moved to these step-on feeders (now 12 years ago!) and got the chooks trained to use them our feed bill was considerably reduced and the feed now stays clean and is no longer contaminated with mouse/sparrow droppings. Plus our chook houses are also now free of sparrow droppings and easier to keep clean reducing risk from contamination like salmonella and other diseases carried by the wild birds and rodents. Definitely worth the investment. It will pay for itself in no time!
The unit is made out of aluminium with alloy rivets, plated steel hinges, nuts and bolts so it keeps working in adverse weather. We have many of these feeders in use in our runs: some are placed inside in the hen houses and others are placed in the run itself just depending on access for filling. We have had no issues of damp and wet feed. They work efficiently both indoors and out.
Please note this size is not suitable for bantams, we do have it's smaller counterpart available, the Appletons Bantam Step On Feeder, for bantam sized birds. The overall size of the feeding unit is 510mm (width) x 200mm (height) x 470mm (depth). All our step on feeders come with our very own Appletons training instructions which are clear and easy to follow training instructions plus everything you need to get your chickens trained up.
Also available in a MINI size - if you have 3 to 4 chooks and a small run/coop.
Big thank you to appletons, feeder arrived faster than anticipated (even during lockdown) was expecting to have to put this together but unpacked and it was all ready to go, I was suprised, was larger than I expected--bonus ( I have 2 others 1 smaller that I paid more for & the other is crap with the pellets constantly jamming total rubbish & a waste of my money) My new appletons feeder works easily no jaming of food as it has no stupid corners to go around and is awesome value for money. I dont have to worry about my chickens going hungry thank you for such an easy reliable product & NZ made Well done.
Only been a week but the chooks are already starting to get the hang of it. Seems like it will be an easy transition until it is fully used properly. Great investment as we have rats/mice out in the country and this will definitely help
The hens are still getting used to how it operates, they get pretty spooked when the lid moves as they step on the step. It will be a long process!
Well made tho
Super happy, very friendly service and very fast delivery
Have come to expect Appletons very efficient service for their top class products and the step on chook feeder I just purchased was no exception. It's saved me a lot of work and my Barred Plymouth Rock chickens learned to use it extremely quickly.