3 Things to Look For When Buying a Chicken Feeder

Grandpa's Feeders Automatic Chicken Feeders

1. High-Quality Materials 
Investing in a chicken feeder built with high-quality materials such as galvanized steel and alloy (which makes them much stronger and more durable) is an investment you can make with confidence. Ensuring the feeder you purchase is waterproof and can withstand the elements is extremely important as well. One chicken feeder that has been trusted for over 25 years and made with high-quality materials, and recognized as one of the best quality feeders in the world is the Grandpa’s Feeder, Standard Chicken Feeder (also comes with a 2-year money-back guarantee). 

2. Avoid Cheap Knock-offs
We strongly suggest you do some extra digging if you stumble across a chicken feeder that is cheap. Many knock-off brands claim to have the same quality as Grandpa’s Feeders but in reality, have created a cheaper, low-quality replica that can leave you with a product that will have a fraction of a lifespan and could be harmful to your birds. Be sure to read the company reviews, FAQs, and return policies before investing in a cheap, knock-off brand to ensure if you do make the purchase, you can get your money back if they don’t deliver. 

3. Exceptional Customer Service/Support
Purchase a feeder from a company that takes care of their customers and cares as much about your bird as you do. Sometimes feeder assembly can be challenging, so working with a company that provides excellent customer support will go a long way in ensuring you set up your feeder correctly, and your birds are safe and happy. Here is an example of a tutorial on how to set up a Grandpa’s Feeder: Watch Here. 

At the end of the day, you get what you pay for. Investing in a high-quality product from a company that has been trusted by thousands of customers is the right move in ensuring you are making the best decisions.


  1. Joel:Joseph St Michael on February 22, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    What’s the cost of your feeders

    • Grandpa's Feeders on February 24, 2020 at 1:55 pm

      Hi Joel,

      Thanks for your question. The answer is that it depends on your region/currency. The easiest way to check is to have a look at our product page, which will automatically display prices in the currency/region relevant to you. Here’s the link https://www.grandpasfeeders.com/products/


      • Harvey Mathias on April 21, 2020 at 8:23 pm

        I have two grandpa chicken feeders the best thing I ever bought wouldn’t be without one a pleasure to use

        • Grandpa's Feeders on April 23, 2020 at 3:18 pm

          Hi Harvey,

          Thanks for your great feedback, we appreciate it very much!

  2. Elise on March 9, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Absolutely agree, please avoid the $200 “cheap” knock offs with plastic grid pedals. Another thing I love about Grandpas Feeder is metal grid that stops hens flicking grain out (another problem I’ve seen) everywhere. Plus Aussie made! 10/10. Elise, Chicken Coach

    • Ken Howes on March 12, 2020 at 7:32 am

      Look great

      How much for two delivered to east Gosford

      • Grandpa's Feeders on March 12, 2020 at 10:08 am

        Hi Ken, good to hear your feedback.

        Delivery to East Gosford is $40 flat rate per feeder. Therefore, 2x standard feeders are $470 and 2x large feeders are $580 – both of these prices include the delivery cost.


      • Steve on March 14, 2020 at 8:33 pm

        Hi how much are they plus delivery to Kellyville sydney

        • Grandpa's Feeders on March 16, 2020 at 9:47 am

          Hi Steve,

          Thanks for your question. The large feeders are priced at $250 each, while the standard feeders are priced at $195. Please note that delivery is additional to these prices – delivery to Sydney is a flat rate of $20 per feeder.

          Thank you!

  3. Susan Hogan on April 1, 2020 at 1:19 am

    We have had one of you feeders at our school for the past four years and it has been amazing. We used to have a lot of trouble with birds and rodents getting into the chook’s feed previously, but after adding one of your feeders the problems completely disappeared, saving our school a lot of money in wasted feed. Occasionally though, the odd sparrow gets caught (and usually killed) in the feeder when the chooks hops of the platform, trapping it. But this happens only very occasionally.
    It’s the best thing we did….purchasing one of these feeders. I highly recommend them.

    • Grandpa's Feeders on April 1, 2020 at 9:40 am

      Hi Susan,

      Many thanks for your feedback! We’re glad to hear that you’re satisfied overall with your feeder. It’s unfortunate to hear about the sparrows – we’ll ensure this feedback is noted and sent to the team.


  4. Rosita on April 4, 2020 at 9:53 am

    Hi how much for a feeder for 6 chooks please and does the lid slam shout when chook hopes off or does it go down steady how much delivery to Townsville please

    • Grandpa's Feeders on April 6, 2020 at 2:41 pm

      Hi Rosita,

      Thanks for getting in touch. When a chook steps off, the lid will fall down freely. Though, it wouldn’t really make sense to describe this as “slamming” down because the material we use is strong but lightweight. The lid also has round blunt edging (rather than sharp edging) and an overlapping lip, so it comes down and fits nicely to cover the feed. If your concern is that other chooks will be accidentally hurt by this, please rest assured that they are quite fine with the movement. Sometimes a chook might get a bump on the head but we haven’t had any reports of any serious injury etc, (they are pretty good learners, too).

      Sometimes we recommend that people put some large objects (wooden block, box or a bucket, for example) on each side of the feeder to prevent chooks from sneaking in from the sides to feed. This will further reduce any perceived risk here, but often this isn’t really required at all.

      In your case, I recommend the standard feeder for 6 chooks. The large feeder would be suitable too, but only if you want to extend the time between refills. Most people are fine with 6 chooks to one feeder.

      Delivery to Townsville is a flat rate of $30 per feeder.

      Thanks so much!

  5. Bethwyn Hartnett on April 26, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    I live in Western Australia at Busselton. Where is the nearest supplier?

    • Grandpa's Feeders on April 28, 2020 at 1:10 pm

      Hi Bethwyn,

      Thanks for your question. Our feeders are currently only available online at http://www.grandpasfeeders.com.au. However, due to various difficulties and an increase in demand, we are unfortunately out of stock in Australia and will be until at least the end of May. Our apologies for this inconvenience!

  6. Jo on May 19, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Darn it! I just read an awesome review of this feeder on http://www.poultrypages.com/grandpas-treadle-chicken-feeders/

    But can’t get one delivered currently – out of stock! Got a vermin problem I need solving, grrrr, Ill have to order one after lockdown ends.

    Ill be back!

    • Grandpa's Feeders on May 20, 2020 at 10:49 pm

      Hi Jo,

      Thanks so much for your interest and for the link to a great review of our product! We are experiencing very high demand right now, but stocks will be replenished soon. Apologies for the inconvenience!

  7. Carilyn on June 20, 2020 at 7:08 am

    How do most people that use Grandpa’s feeders cope with feeding newly hatched chicks? I have 4 small and one large feeder and I just love them!

    • Grandpa's Feeders on June 25, 2020 at 11:17 pm

      Hi Carilyn,

      We do not recommend using the Grandpa’s Feeder with newly hatched chicks, as it can be dangerous for them. Baby chicks should be kept in a separate area away from the feeder, or the feeder should be removed until the chicks are old enough and heavy enough to be able to safely use it.

  8. Keith on June 27, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    I am having great difficulty (already on day 3 of week 2) with our 6 chickens eating anything using the week 2 setting…they are frightened to the point where they stay away from the feeder and don’t even eat. We followed the directions exactly.

    On the first morning, since they all arrived simultaneously, the lid never moved until the last hen finished. At that point the flock was startled by the movement and/or sound of the feeder moving. Today, we stepped on the treadle and had to really coax them back to the feeder.

    We need some suggestions for our hungry hens.

    • Grandpa's Feeders on August 7, 2020 at 2:41 pm

      Hi Keith,

      So sorry for the late reply, somehow this notification accidentally got deleted! Please see this video for some tips on how to help scared chickens get used to their feeder. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-pEmFx6W1Q

  9. Veronique on July 14, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    I would like to get quails, do you sell any feeder that is suitable for small feathered birds ( as well as young chicks)?

    • Grandpa's Feeders on July 15, 2020 at 7:32 pm

      Hi Veronique,

      Unfortunately, quails are too small to use our feeders as are very young chicks.

      Apologies for this! Thanks for your question.

  10. Susan on July 19, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Hi, We have one of your older feeders (large) which is great, but they did not come with the grate to stop hens throwing out the feed. Can you purchase the grate for the older feeders to retro-fit?

    • Grandpa's Feeders on July 24, 2020 at 12:54 pm

      Hi Susan,

      We can sell you a grate to put in your feeder, however you will need to make some adjustments to the older style of feeder such as drilling holes for the grate to attach to. Please send an email to [email protected] to discuss the purchase of this part and for more details on any adjustments that would need to be made.


  11. Peta on January 6, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    I also have an older feeder without the grate and my chooks tend to scratch out any seed that they don’t fancy, thus then encouraging the pigeons for a feed. Where can I purchase a grate and how much please.

  12. Lisa Nelson on February 1, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    I’ve had the feeder for quite a while now, but I can’t get the feed to actually feed down. I have to go out there every day, open the back and push the feed down. I tried propping up the back a little more, but still, it won’t feed down. It’s normally not a huge issue since I go check on them daily, but I need to go out of town for five days but I don’t want to pay someone to go by and do this little trick every day in my absence. I tried removing the grate but they just made a huge mess and then, it STILL happened. HELP!! What can we do to fix this?