3 Reasons a Treadle Feeder is Best For Your Chickens

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 22 July 2020

chicken using treadle feeder

1. No pests at the poultry party!

Got some pesky pests and vile vermin hanging around your chicken coop? You and your girls may be laying out a tasty spread for them everyday without realising it! Pests and vermin are attracted to stray chicken feed. These dastardly creatures bring disease, noise and destruction with them on their journey to birdy buffet heaven. Keeping your food secure overnight in a treadle feeder with a lid is the best idea. If these nasty so-and-sos can’t get easy access to some fresh naughty nibbles they will slink away to grainy-er pastures! Good riddance!


2. Don’t rain on our food parade!

You work hard to bring home the best feed you can for your girls. So why do we let rain ruin that hard earned grain and grit? A treadle feeder will keep your girls sustenance soak-free when they are huddled in the coop during a rain shower. A feeder with a lid will also help prevent spillage and a grate above the feed will prevent messy raking from occurring - which means your girls can’t easily spread their feed all over the coop floor like a sugared up 3 year old in the cereal aisle.

chicken eating from treadle feeder

3. Save that money!

Let’s not beat around the bush - chicken feed = cold hard dollary-doos. While chooks are by far one of the cheapest pets you can keep, no one wants to waste money replacing feed that has been spoiled by rain, mixed in with cheeky droppings or stolen by morally bereft wild birds, vermin or pests. A treadle feeder in conjunction with a secure chicken run and vermin and pest prevention measures like 10mm x 10mm mesh and hemp bedding will save you money in the long run and ensure your girls are happy and healthy. It’s a wing wing situation!

From treadle feeders and waterers to chicken runs, there are plenty of things to consider when becoming a chicken parent. You deserve the best practical information to help you raise a happy, healthy flock. Many chicken keepers struggle to handle chicken health or behaviour issues, especially in the first few years of having a flock.

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Curious about what to fill your treadle feeder with? Check out our ultimate guide to chicken feed here. Looking at other ways to keep your girls amused? Check out our top 6 chicken coop accessories here!

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