It is thought that wild fowl were first domesticated for their eggs in Egypt nearly 5000 years ago. Grandpa's Chicken Feeders have only been around since 1995 but are playing an increasingly important role for many modern day chicken owners by providing the ideal feeding system for the rapidly growing number of people keeping chickens in their backyard.
Eggs are one of nature's most complete foods containing many proteins, vitamins and minerals. More and more people are becoming concerned with the bird welfare and egg quality in the big commercial egg factories and are opting to keep half a dozen chickens themselves. You can even keep 6 chickens in all NZ towns and cities just by complying with a few simple rules. It is important that poultry housing provides protection against rain, direct sunlight and is free of draughts, yet well ventilated to prevent ammonia and spread of disease. The main problems with keeping poultry are the sparrows, rats and mice who move in for a free feed and then spoiling what they don't eat with urine, faeces and diseases, twice a day feeding being necessary to minimize this wastage and health risk. Grandpa's Feeders eliminate these problems by stopping these pests accessing the feed, allowing you to go away for the weekend or longer without needing to rely on friends, family or neighbours to feed your birds once or twice a day.
Grandpa's Feeders work by the weight of the chicken stepping on the tread-plate which opens a lid giving access to the feed and closing again when stepping off, protecting the feed from pests and the weather. Feed is the single most important factor to successfully keeping a flock of laying birds. To maximize egg production and maintain body weight, do not restrict their feed intake in any way. One bird will eat approximately 130 gm per day and ample clean water must always be available. Grandpa's Feeders were designed and developed in Whakamarama near Tauranga by Bill Kirkham (Grandpa). Bill had no Idea the contraption he first constructed was going to evolve into what is now an international success story.