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February essay contest for best chicken story

Following up from our Facebook post earlier in the year we have just launched a new contest. Rather than a sweepstake, this time around we are running an essay contest. This gives you the chance to tell the community of your memorable or funny chicken-related stories and enter the chance to win some prizes. To read more about the details and to enter please visit and ‘like’ our Facebook page (if you haven’t already), and then follow the ‘Contests’ link near the top of our Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you!

2012 Christmas Sweepstake Winner

The winner of our 2012 Christmas sweepstake is Aneesa from New Zealand - congratulations! We have already contacted you via your provided email address. Please keep an eye on our pages, including Facebook and Twitter for upcoming competitions and news.

2012 Christmas Sweepstake

Christmas is almost here and to celebrate Grandpa’s Feeders is providing one standard size feeder to a lucky sweepstake winner. To enter please first be sure you have ‘liked’ our Facebook page and then follow the ‘Sweepstake’ link near the top of that page. We will email the winner privately as Facebook’s T&C prevents us from publicly announcing the winner. Alternatively, if you are a Twitter user you can enter here http://promoshq.wildfireapp.com/twitter/233/contests/305512

Thank you to all who help build our online community, and remember to let your friends know too. Merry Christmas to all our customers and followers!
 

July Sweepstake

We have just launched another sweepstake opportunity for the month of July. Please head on over and ‘like’ our Facebook page, then follow the “Sweepstakes” link and enter your details. Alternatively, if you are a Twitter user you can also enter the draw by following this link http://promoshq.wildfireapp.com/twitter/233/contests/253411. This will put you in the chance to some great prizes, including the possibility of a free standard sized chicken feeder shipped to you for no cost!

May Sweepstake

We have just launched another sweepstake opportunity for the month of May. Please head on over and ‘like’ our Facebook page, then follow the “Sweepstakes” link and enter your details. This will put you in the chance to some great prizes, including the possibility of a free standard sized chicken feeder shipped to you for no cost!

Grandpa's February Sweepstake

It’s sweepstake time again! Please help us build our community by ‘liking’ our Facebook page and entering in our February sweepstake. By entering you’ll be in the chance to win a free standard chicken feeder or a poultry care and lifestyle book – a great read for anyone interested in chickens. Please remember that this opportunity is only available within the countries that we operate in. Enter by following the Sweepstake link on the left of our Facebook page, and remember to let your friends know too!

Grandpa's products belong to a very niche market - this means that you have great odds of winning this sweepstake if you enter, so there really is no excuse! Be sure to let your friends know about this too. This opportunity to win closes on the 29th of February 2012. Winners will be contacted privately via email. 

Like us on Facebook and win!

Grandpa is getting into the Christmas spirit this year and is offering prizes to be won for anyone who 'likes' Grandpa's Facebook page. Simply follow the link to Facebook from our page and click 'like'! Once this is done a link will be available on the left of the Facebook page which will lead you to the details; you will need to fill in the required information to opt into the sweepstake. You're then in the draw to win one standard size Grandpa's Feeder valued at $195.00 (NZ/AU/US, or £95.00 if you're in the UK) which will be shipped straight to your door for free. First place winner will also receive an Australian edition of NZ Lifestyle Block: How to Care for Your Poultry. This glossy, full colour book is filled with practical and useful information on keeping chooks. Copies of this great book will also be sent to two other winners to ensure that Grandpa's Christmas cheer is spread around.

Grandpa's products belong to a very niche market - this means that you have great odds of winning this sweepstake if you enter, so there really is no excuse! Be sure to let your friends know about this too. This opportunity to win closes on the 31st of December 2011. Winners will be contacted privately via email. 

Home Farmer Magazine - Hens & Holidays

Anyone with livestock faces feeding problems if they have to go away for a few days, but help may be at hand for the chicken keepers amongst you.

Chickens are the easiest livestock to provide for if you have to go away. Most of us have a neighbour or relative who will pop round daily in return for helping themselves to eggs. If your nest boxes can be easily accessed from outside the job is so much simpler too, as it is surprising how many people have a 'thing' about opening the door and going in with the birds. If you can't get help though, the answer could be the large feeders and drinkers that are available these days, and the Home Farmer team have recently been putting a couple through their paces.

The first we tried was a Grandpa's Feeder, a very impressive-looking piece of kit. The chickens stand on a platformand the lid opens automatically due to their weight, keeping feed clean, dry, and protected from pests. It is, however, only recommended for use with adult birds, as younger ones may not be heavy enough to operate the mechanism. The feeder requires a minimum of assembly, just four bolts which you initially use to hold the lid open for at least a week so the chickens get accustomed to standing on the platform and 'digging in', before resetting the bolts so the lid only opens when a bird is standing on the platform. Up to three birds can stand comfortably on the platform at once. UK distributor, Richard Allum suggests buyers use only one sort of feed so the chickens don't get selective and leave a mess around the feeder by discarding food they don't like. The feeder is excellent if you want to give your chickens a few days' supply, as there is no wastage, you can leave it out constantly and it is suitable for anyone to use, whether you have just a few girls or a shed full. The 9kg model holds enough feed for six chickens for ten days and there is also an 18kg version available. Being very sturdy, the unit will last for years, and although quite pricey you should more than recoup the cost through feed previously lost to vermin and wastage, and as there is no available food to attract vermin it should reduce an all too familiar problem for the backyard poultry keeper with neighbours.

Home Farmer Magazine September 2011

A Grand Feeder!

The following review was  posted about GrandpasFeeders by All About Chickens website. This great site can be found at http://www.all-about-chickens.co.uk/. You can also find their greate Flickr gallery in our gallery or on Flickr.

'We have always used pheasant feeders for feeding our chickens in the past but have had problems with rats stealing food and the chickens dropping it everywhere. However, we recently acquired an excellent new feeder from Grandpa's Feeders which seems to have solved our food wastage issues!

It is a metal feeder with a treadplate mechanism that means the chickens have to place some weight on a plate for it to open. There is quite a good lip on the feeder which means that they can't hook out the feed and dump it on the floor as they like to do with normal feeders. This stops the local wild birds helping themselves and we've noticed a marked decrease in the rat activity in and around the pen.

We weren't sure how easily our older birds would take to the treadplate system so we tested it out on the 1-year-old Barnevelder hens and Legba. It did take a while but they got the hang of it after about a month thanks to the learning programme that came with the feeder'.

The team were excited to read this review , especially coming from the experts.

The Daily Commute

by Hank Will, Editor

I don't care whether you feed your chickens in pan-style chicken feeders, large range-tank chicken feeders, small barrel-type chicken feeders or open trough chicken feeders – at the end of the day you lose feed to the weather, wild birds and rodents. If you raise lots of birds, you will waste pounds of feed very week with unsealed chicken feeders – unless you use the new to North America, Grandpa's Feeders chicken feeder.

The Grandpa’s Feeders chicken feeder consists of a beautifully constructed metal container with a lever-operated weather-tight lid that controls access to the feed. You might be wondering just how a lidded chicken feeder can allow your flock to feed, while keeping mice, rats, sparrows, starlings and the weather out. The magic is coiled up in the spring-loaded lid, which is opened when your chickens step up to the platform-like perch. That’s right, the weight of even one Bantam hen on the perch is sufficient to lift the feeder’s lid, which gives her access to the clean feed inside.

Because of its unique design, the Grandpa’s Feeders chicken feeders deny access to wild birds and rodents up to about 13-ounces (that’s a pretty good sized adult rat) with the smaller model and 31 ounces with the larger unit. Obviously, these feeders are not designed for use with small chicks, but they work very well with adolescent and adult birds. Because of their storage capacity, you can fill your Grandpa’s Feeders chicken feeder and forget it for more than a week (depending on how many hens you have).

When introducing the Grandpa’s Feeders to your birds, you will want to give them a bit of a training session. You can prop the lid open initially and/or sprinkle a little feed on the perch platform (step plate) and lid. You will be surprised at how quickly the birds learn the trick. Grandpa’s Feeders chicken feeders are not goat-proof or sheep-proof so if you allow your hens to range with larger grazing animals you will need to find a way to isolate the chicken feeder. Portable electric fence (conductor high enough to allow chickens to pass) or any manner of portable creep pen can be used to keep your Grandpa’s Feeders chicken feeder safe from marauding lambs and kids.

Though they aren’t cheap to buy, the Grandpa’s Feeders chicken feeders are built to last. No more UV rotted plastic or corroded metal troughs – with Grandpa’s Feeders you will save money on feeder repair and replacement and you will save money on feed. Your hens will thank you too because they won’t need to sort through the rat droppings for morsels of grain, or make due with rain-soaked moldy or fermented feed.

Grandpa’s Feeders chicken feeders have been in continuous use for nearly 15 years in New Zealand with most original feeders still in place. Grandpa’s Feeders entered the Australian market in 2007 and they’re now available in North America. I have fed my share of mice, rats and starlings over the years, using all manner of chicken feeders. All that waste is now a thing of the past.

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