Koi Kitchen 6" x 8" x 14" high
I have owned a feeder like this before. It lasted several years and did a great job metering out fish food.
The feeder I received did not work. I contacted Dr.Foster and Smith customer service and I got great customer service. They shipped out a new one immediately. This one works great. If you are looking for a reasonably price feeder you cannot go wrong. I highly recommend this Koi feeder. Thanks again Dr. Foster and Smith.
July 20, 2012
Worked for me
I bought this item on 12/2009 and it lived a good life until now, 4/2012. The clock mechanism went out on it, but the motor still works when I press the manual feed button.
During that time I learned that the best food to use in it is large round pellets. The stick shaped food kept getting jammed and the small pellets would overfeed and fall through the rotating feeder door.
Never had a problem with the food pellets getting wet and clumping together, during all the time that I had the feeder the food always stayed dry. It lived 24/7 outside over my pond completely exposed to the elements. I live in South Florida and rainstorms are very frequent.
I would feed the koi two rotations, twice per day. With the hopper completely full, it would last just shy of two weeks (12-13 days) before I had to refill it.
The only thing I wish would be that the side latches holding the lid would of been easier to open.
April 24, 2012
How I fixed my jamming Koi Kitchen
I had one of these and used it for 4 years without problem. The display got garbled so I got another one.
Despite using the same size pellets (1/8 inch diameter), the new unit wouldn't turn the paddle wheel. After looking at how it was jamming, i unscrewed the bottom and used a knife to cut about 1/4 inch off each paddle all the way around. Now it works fine. It drops more pellets than the old one, but since I needed at least 2 turns per feeding before, I just set it for one turn now.
December 7, 2012
Needs more design work
I had two major problems in using this feeder while I was away for a week. One was that some stray or wild animal pushed on it in some way so that the food never made it into the pond. The other was that two pieces of food jammed the feed so that all the food came out at once (I don't really know this but that is what it looked like happened).
May 23, 2012