Appletons Large Step On Feeder 12kg



Appletons Large Step On Feeder 12kg

Stop feeding the sparrows, rats and mice and keep your chicken feed clean 😊

  • This brilliant step-on auto chicken feeder holds a decent amount of feed - 12kg.
  • Hens are foragers and do best eating little and often throughout the day so feed on demand works best.
  • Suits chook keepers that keep 4 to 20 hens -however, the feeder will need to be topped up more regularly if you keep more hens. Remember an average laying hen eats app. 130 - 140g of layer pellets a day so the consumption vs when you need to fill it up can easily be worked out. 
  • Can be placed inside the hen house or outside in the run
  • Ideal for busy working people that are not always home early in the morning and late afternoon to feed their hens and those of us that go away for weekends.

What Size is Best?
The large step on feeder or mini step on feeder?
The large size is more suitable for a larger walk-in hen house especially if you plan to position the feeder inside the hen house or outside in the poultry run where there is plenty of space. The large step on is twice as wide as the mini and therefore offers more hens the opportunity to feed at once (+ it also holds more food.) The mini 6kg version is perfect for smaller flocks living in movable chicken coops where the footprint of the coop is small and space is a premium. Using two mini step on feeders in a larger flock (instead of one large one) can work well as two feeding stations can dissipate any possible dominance over the feeder by a bossy hen/s and also help when introducing new birds.

Step on feeders reduce hierarchy in flocks ensuring all birds get enough feed which results in happy hens and better egg production. Step on feeders keep out rats, mice and sparrows ensuring your poultry feed is not contaminated. Clean feed helps to reduce the worm burden. Auto feeders save time and in the long run, less feed is wasted so save money!

Suitable for all  commercial hybrids (brown shavers and hylines), heavy breeds and most larger light breeds of poultry plus guinea fowl and ducks. 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 had no issues with damp or wet feed. They work efficiently both indoors and out. All our step on feeders include our very own Appletons training instructions which are clear and easy to follow. Training is very important and not to be rushed or shortened. Chickens need to be POL and older for training.

Dimensions: App. 50cm (width) x 22cm (height) x 47cm (depth).

Light Sussex Hens Eating from Large Step on Feeder

This is our best-selling automatic chicken feeder. It's rat-proof, robust, sturdy and can happily sit outside in the run.

 "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 16 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!"

Please note this size feeder is not suitable for bantams, we do have the Appletons Bantam Step On Feeder for smaller sized birds.
Our Appletons Mini Step On Feeder is identical to our Large Step On Feeder but only half the width - ideal if you have a smaller flock of 3 to 5 standard-sized hens and/or need to fit it in a small run/coop.

Customer Reviews

Based on 36 reviews
Karen Newman
Automatic Chicken feeder

Great feeder, the chickens are getting used to it now.
The feeder came with easy to follow instructions and other great tips.

Christine Pipe

Appletons Large Step On Feeder 12kg

Excellent service and quality products

Thank you for your fantastic and speedy delivery. You answered all my questions quickly and I love the helpful information sheet I got with my products super helpful.

Well made and good advice

A great, sturdy feeder. Exactly what I wanted. The team at Appleton's are great too and happy to give advice.

Mary Vujcich
Water and feeder

Pur chooks are really taking some training with feeder...we guess its because they are older birds!!