Grandpa’s Tips: Chicken Questions

Will my chickens over eat?

No, egg laying chickens will only eat what they need, the more they eat the more they lay.

How many chickens are needed to open the feeder?

It only takes one chicken to open the feeder.

Will my chickens learn to use it? How do you train poultry to use them?

The feeders come with 2 training bolts to limit movement and instructions for their use. There are 2 settings with one week on each setting.

Is the large feeder too high for small chickens/bantams?


Will the feeder fit in the car?

Yes, The carton dimensions are: standard feeder 300 x 390 x 440mm, large feeder 410 x 450 x 560mm.

How many chickens can feed at once?

A Standard feeder is 3-4 chickens and a large feeder is 4-5.

Can their heads get caught?


Do they fight over the food?

No, even a bossy chicken will not be at the feeder for very long.

What are they made of?

Galvanized steel, with a alloy tread plate.

What size feeder do I need?

We have customers feeding over 80 chickens with one large feeder and over 40 with the standard feeder. We suggest the large feeder is better suited for 10 or more, so you are not required to constantly fill the feeder.

Does it come assembled?

Only the tread plate has been removed for shipping and is easily attached with 4 bolts that are provided.

Where can the feeders be placed?

Anywhere inside or out, as long as the feeder is on a flat surface extending to the front of the tread plate.

What happens when getting new chickens?

The new one will learn from the existing flock, but you must repeat the training program with a completely new group.

Is it water proof?


Will ducks and chickens eat together?


Can ducks, geese and turkeys use them?

Yes, the larger feeder is suitable, although it may be necessary to extend the tread plate out for bigger birds. This can be done very easily.

Do you have an agent in our area?

Grandpa's Feeders sell direct to the public through our website OR you can contact Richard by phone 01684 311729 or email at

How long will the food last?

A standard feeder will feed 6 chickens for 10 days and a large feeder will feed 12 chickens for 10 days. This also means it will feed less chickens for longer and more chickens for less time.

What type of feed can be used in them?

They are suitable for all dry feeds.

Could a large rat open the feeder?

If your rats are heavy enough to open the feeder you are feeding your rats too well. Most rats are too light to open the feeder however (an adult rat weighs roughly 300 grams/0.6lb).

Can pheasants use them?


Can one small chicken/bantam open the feeder?

The answer to that is yes for the standard feeder. For the large feeder you may find in some cases lighter birds may be too light to open the feeder, this is easliy fixed by simply adjusting the feeder by putting a small weight on the tread plate. Note: Do not use with baby chickens.

How far does the platform extend out from the main feeder?

Standard feeder 190mm/8inches, large feeder 220mm/9inches.

What weight is a chicken?

An average chicken is around 2kg/4.5lbs.

What makes Grandpa's Feeders better than the rest?

Six ways our Grandpa's Feeders are better than other feeders on the market.
1. Grandpa's Feeders are made of Galvanised Steel and Alloy, which makes them much stronger and more durable.
2. Our feeders have a unique sloped back for true gravity feeding – you can be ensured there will be no food getting stuck at the back of the feeder going stale.
3. Our unique anti-flick grill prevents chooks from flicking any of the feed out.
4. Side guards will stop the other chooks from side feeding. This will help prevent any injury to your chooks.
5. Grandpa's Feeders are weather proof, this will ensure your feed is not exposed to the elements and going to waste.
6. Say goodbye to pesky rats, mice and wild birds as they are too light to open the feeder.

What weight is required to open the feeder?

A standard feeder requires 500gms/14oz and a large feeder requires 900gms/2lb (an adult rat weighs 300gms/9 to 11oz)

What age can they use it?

A chicken should be 500gms/1lb or more to use the feeder. Note: Do not use the feeder for baby chickens.

Are they a proven product?

Absolutely, since Grandpa designed and developed these feeders in New Zealand in 1995, many thousands have been sold and are now considered standard equipment for anyone keeping poultry. We have many customers who have feeders they bought over a decade ago which are still working faultlessly today after continual use outside and exposed to the elements.

How are they sent out?

The feeders are dispatched by courier.

How heavy are they?

A standard feeder is 6.2kg and a large feeder is 8.2kg.

Are the feeders guaranteed?

Yes, they come with a twelve month, full satisfaction money back guarantee. Be assured this will probably be one of the best things you will have ever bought, as is told to us by many of our customers.