Selling at Chicken Condo site for $119.00
The Chicken Condo treadle feeder is a retrofitted Chow Hound automatic dog feeder. The box is quite sturdy and well made and the added treadle system is actually one of the better designs as it has a rudimentary counterweight system made with a long bolt and some heavy hex nuts that can be taken off to adjust sensitivity and with a longer bolt additional hex nuts could be added.
The door has a small lip that projects out that adds some level of water protection except for the areas at the right and left of the bottom of the door which have gaps that would allow rain running down the door to leak into the feeder.
The treadle is wide and long, great for smaller birds and other poultry like ducks, but aw we have seen before not very good at keeping vermin out of the chicken feed.
While the angle iron treadle bars are great the door axle and linkage that opens the door are not thought out well at all. The door axle is the commonly used wire axle, sufficient for a top feed lid but it isn’t going to hold up for long if the feeder is opened hundreds of times a day. The linkage is complicated, an angle bracket bolted to the front of the door, a fairly sturdy looking metal bar linking the angle bracket to the treadle bar that is fastened at each end using long bolts and a lock washer. A lot could go wrong with this design as it gets a lot of use.
WE HAVE TWO OF THESE CHICKEN CONDOS TREADLE FEEDERS THAT COME IN ONLY ONE SIZE (20-LB CAPACITY) BUT HAVE THE ADVANTAGE OF COMING “FULLY” ASSEMBLED WITH NO SCREWS OR BOLTS TO HAVE TO PUT TOGETHER!!! ONE OF THESE TREADLE FEEDERS HAS ALREADY GOT ONE PARTIALLY CHIPPED CLEAT ON THE TREADLE WHICH WE ARE NOT USING AT THE MOMENT. HATE WHEN THINGS FALL APART BEFORE THE CHICKEN HAS EVEN USED IT. AGAIN, THESE HAVE THE ADVANTAGE BEING “FULLY” ASSEMBLED WITH NO ADDED DIY. ANOTHER NICE THING IS THAT THE CHICKEN DOESN’T HAVE TO STICK HER HEAD WAY INSIDE THE FEEDER TO EAT.