Feeding Device Patents (Class 119/51.01)
  • Patent number: 10812885
    Abstract: A sound emitting bowl assembly capable of holding liquid or solid food where a plurality of light emitting photo diodes and photo sensors are aimed at each other across the top plane of the bowl so that when a spoon breaks the plane of light, a message or melody, that has been pre-recorded and stored below the base of the bowl, automatically plays. Additionally, LED lights located on the outside of the bowl become illuminated as the message or melody is played. The photo diodes, photo sensors and LEDs are mounted on a separate bowl retaining assembly so that the bowl may be removed from the bowl retaining assembly for cleaning purposes and then replaced into the bowl retaining assembly for further use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Tarlow
  • Patent number: 10772298
    Abstract: An animal-operated puzzle and treat toy, includes a body that includes a storage portion defining a treat cavity and a manipulator element connected to the body. The manipulator element is adjustable relative to the body to produce an access opening, to the treat cavity, that is large enough such that a food treat or other reward item may be released through the access opening to the environment. In an initial state, the manipulator element blocks the food treat or other reward item from being released from the treat cavity, and in an adjusted state, the manipulator element has been adjusted, relative to the body, such that the access opening is produced. A plurality of different possible initial states are provided to correspond to different levels of difficulty required to produce the access opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MAKE IDEAS, LLC
    Inventor: Keith Alan Mullin
  • Patent number: 10750719
    Abstract: A mountable feed bucket suitable for securing to a fence rail, having a receptacle and one or more brackets for securing the mountable feed bucket to the fence rail. The brackets include multiple bracket legs forming a vacuous area with the receptacle suitable for receiving a fence rail. Further, a removable secondary mount is provided to facilitate affixation to other structures, such as stall walls and doors, bars or girders of portable horse stalls, and like structures. Methods for mounting feed buckets are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: William Gregory Crews
  • Patent number: 10542727
    Abstract: An elevated feeding tray apparatus includes an elevated base including a vertical side wall; a plurality of legs extending from the vertical side wall of the elevated base; and a tray including a bowl including a rim, the bowl being watertight below the rim; wherein the elevated base and the plurality of legs are integrally formed from substantially the same material and the elevated base is configured to hold the rim of the tray at an angle with respect to a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Act 3 Ventures Inc.
    Inventors: Patricia M. Jones, Michael Haddad, Daniel W. Rossborough, Sr., Daniel W. Rossborough, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10390520
    Abstract: A bird feeder cable lid lock is provided for a bird feeder having a feed reservoir body with a removable lid having an aperture therein, and a wire or cable threaded through the aperture by which the feeder is suspended in use. The cable lid lock includes a threaded bolt having an axial hole through which the hanging cable is fed and an internally threaded base element in abutment with the lid and having a stepped or tapered bore with a diminishing diameter that receives the bolt. The bolt has a relief cut in the shank to form at least two arms on different sides of the cable. The arms are pressed toward one another as the bolt is tightened into the diminishing diameter base element bore, squeezing the cable where it extends through the bolt and exerting a significant force normal to the cable that, with the coefficient of friction, creates a very effective locking action on the cable to secure the lid against the feed reservoir body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Marko K. Lubic, Andrew Ryan Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10342212
    Abstract: A deer feeder includes an upper enclosure, a collapsible middle sleeve, a bottom enclosure, and a feed distribution mechanism. At least three support members may be attached to the upper enclosure for holding the deer feeder in a vertical position. The upper enclosure, collapsible middle sleeve, and bottom enclosure may form a feed storage area that is rainproof. The feed storage area may be made rainproof by attaching a top opening of the collapsible middle sleeve to an inner wall of the upper enclosure and a bottom opening of the collapsible middle sleeve to an outer wall of the bottom enclosure. The feed distribution mechanism may include an auger for removing feed from the feed storage area and/or a centrifugal force mechanism for dispersing feed around the deer feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CABELA'S LLC
    Inventor: Ronald D. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10278362
    Abstract: A rotatable container includes a projection that protrudes into the container and is aligned with an opening at a first end of the container. The projection defines a concave surface with a ramp that guides treats through the opening when oriented vertically. The container may be cylindrical and sit on a base defining a cylindrical seat. A second end of the container engages a rotator on the base that is driven by a motor. A front wall of the container may define an opening that aligns with the opening of the container when the ramp is oriented vertically. A sensor may sense a position of the projection and invoke pausing of rotation by the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Andrew Peter Davis
  • Patent number: 10154654
    Abstract: A method to determine a body condition score of an animal including: providing a three-dimensional camera system configured and arranged to record at least one three-dimensional image of the animal, and an image processing device to process the image; recording at least one three-dimensional image of the animal; processing the image. The processing the image includes: forming a three-dimensional surface representation of a part of the animal from the three-dimensional image recorded by the three-dimensional camera system; determining, in the image, reference points of the animal, at least including hook bone points and pin bone points of the animal; selecting a surface part of the animal representative for a body condition of the animal using the reference points; analyzing a first parameter representative for a body condition of the animal of the selected surface part; and determining the body condition score based on the first parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventors: Adolf Jan Van Der Kamp, Xiangyu Song, Patrick Philip Jacob Van Der Tol
  • Patent number: 10125922
    Abstract: A tree mountable bracket for suspending a bucket therefrom. The tree mountable bucket bracket includes a V-shaped member with a first segment and a second segment extended from a vertex point forming an angle. The first segment has a first bar attached distally from the vertex point. The first bar has a first end and a second end, the first end and the second end each have a hole. The second segment has a brace attached distally from the vertex point. A cable is secured in the hole of the first end of the first bar. An extension arm is attached via a hinge to the V-shaped member at a point adjacent to the vertex point opposite of the first and the second segment. The extension arm has a chain slot on an end distal to the hinge. A pulley is attached to the extension arm adjacent to the chain slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Richard Stokes
  • Patent number: 9879948
    Abstract: A biodegradable target disk device for hunters which breaks apart into edible pieces of food for small and larger animals in the hunting zone when struck by a shell from a shotgun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: John M. Puckett
  • Patent number: 9873731
    Abstract: This invention relates to the administration of an animal immunoglobulin source to mammals such as dairy cattle to improve milk production without negatively affecting reproductive parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: The Lauridsen Group Incorporated
    Inventors: Francisco Javier Polo Pozo, Joy M. Campbell, Louis E. Russell, Alejandro Bach Ariza
  • Patent number: 9848538
    Abstract: An illustrative embodiment of a top surface mover generally comprises a vertical portion engaged with a horizontal portion and an engagement pad. The horizontal portion may include a mounting member to engage the top surface mover with a prime mover. The vertical portion and horizontal portion may be of variable length so that the position of the engagement pad with respect to the prime mover may be variable in at least two dimensions. The illustrative embodiment of a top surface mover is complimentary to an illustrative embodiment of a method of use wherein the top surface mover is configured to position top surface pieces accurately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Steve Bush
  • Patent number: 9832976
    Abstract: Reconfigurable pet toy products and releasable twist-locking interfaces which may be used in connection with the reconfigurable pet toy products are disclosed. Some example reconfigurable pet toy products may comprise at least one middle piece, a first end piece, and a second end piece. The different pieces may couple with one another in multiple different configurations. The middle piece may include an internal cavity and a chew access window. The end pieces, when coupled with the middle piece according to one configuration, may provide closures for the internal cavity. In another configuration, the first and second end pieces may be coupled directly together, without the middle piece. In still further configurations, multiple middle pieces may be coupled together, and a variety of different middle pieces and/or end pieces may be mixed and matched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventors: Alan J. Dewey, Suman K. Shrestha
  • Patent number: 9826719
    Abstract: A hanging assemblage holding plants and feed for a bird and protecting the bird and the feed from a rodent. The hanging assemblage includes a feeder assembly, a planter assembly, and a protective assembly. The feeder assembly holds the feed for the bird. The planter assembly extends replaceably upwardly from the feeder assembly and holds the plants 12. The protective assembly is affixed around the planter assembly, is spaced over the feeder assembly, and protects the bird and the feed from the rodent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Arthur A. Myrberg, III
  • Patent number: 9807981
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for monitoring in real time the nutriment intake (feed and/or water) of farm animals, including but not limited to poultry, turkeys, pigs and cows, based on the measurement and identification of the nutriment uptake sounds and/or the working of the nutriment supply system, while the presence and eating position of the animals is monitored by using real-time image analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: Daniel Berckmans, Arda Aydin, Claudia Bahr
  • Patent number: 9801354
    Abstract: An apparatus for the portion wise dispensing of animal feed as reward or training aid and methods of use. An exemplary apparatus including an oblong handle, with a rear opening for inserting rod shaped animal feed, a front opening for leaving out, dispensing, or exposing the animal feed, a transport mechanism which comprises a first drive wheel and a second drive wheel which serves as a counter wheel, wherein the animal feed can be transported by rotating the first drive wheel forward as well as backward, and laterally arranged spring elements that prevent animal feed from falling from the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Anna Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 9671026
    Abstract: The invention relates to a grid flap (1) for use in a filling device or scale, especially in food processing, wherein the grid flap (1) comprises a metal frame (2) and a metal grid (4), and wherein the grid (4) comprises a plurality of braces (4h, 4v), which are connected to the frame (2) on their respective final sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Andreas Peters
  • Patent number: 9637233
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle for interacting with a pet. The unmanned aerial vehicle includes a processor-based monitoring device to provide a behavioral assessment of the pet, an activity recommender to select an activity program dependent on the behavioral assessment, a motor mounted on the unmanned aerial vehicle to provide aerial movement based on the activity program, and an activity coordinator to perform a function based on the activity program. The function includes activating feedback outputs upon completion of the activity program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Bivens, Minkyong Kim, Min Li, Clifford A. Pickover, Valentina Salapura
  • Patent number: 9622455
    Abstract: A feed system (1) for the feeding of animals, comprising: —a feed wagon (3), having: •a holder (4), •a dispensing device (5), •a regulating unit (8), comprising a sending and receiving device (9), and being connected to a drive and control system, and —a feed loading device (12), —a feed site, —a central control system (16) provided with a sending and receiving device (17) which is configured to communicate wirelessly with the sending and receiving device of the regulating unit, and comprising a memory in which are stored navigation data on the basis of which the feed wagon is capable of covering a route from the feed loading site to the feed site, and wherein the central control system transmits a packet of data comprising these navigation data to the regulating unit. The regulating unit regulates the drive and control system on the basis of that packet of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventors: Dik-Jan Wisse, Jan Martinus Van Kuilenburg, Karel Van Den Berg, Pieter Jacob Kik
  • Patent number: 9567169
    Abstract: A hay feeder for large square bales (e.g., 3?×3?×8? ones weighting on the order of 700-800 pounds). The feeder is designed to be operable by one person to load the bale into the feeder and includes an elongated chute with four, vertical side members. In use, one of the side members can be pivoted downwardly to a substantially horizontal position and the elongated hay bale positioned on it. Thereafter, it can be raised back to its vertical position to lift the hay bale with it to a vertical position within the elongated chute. The chute and bale have respective upper and lower end sections and the chute has openings at its lower end section to provide access through them to the lower end section of the hay bale. Cover members are provided to selectively cover and uncover the openings to selectively permit and prevent access through them by the livestock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Hay-Den Feeder, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas K. Camilletti, Giacomo D. Camilletti
  • Patent number: 9332729
    Abstract: A pet proximity opened food dish device opens a pet food dish for a specific pet. The device includes a bowl having an interior space configured for holding pet food. A lid is positionable between an open position providing access to the interior space and a closed position wherein the lid inhibits access to the interior space. An actuator is coupled to the bowl and the lid. The actuator selectively positions the lid in the closed position and the open position. A remote transmitter is coupled to a pet and a sensor is coupled to the bowl. The sensor detects when the remote transmitter is within a threshold distance from the bowl. The actuator is communicatively coupled to the sensor wherein the actuator positions the lid in the open position when the remote transmitter is within the threshold distance from the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventors: Larry D. Hyle, Judy P. Hyle
  • Patent number: 9288965
    Abstract: A livestock feeder with improved corrosion resistance and collapse resistance is described. The feeder comprises a polymeric cylinder with an open top and an interior surface. The interior surface defines a hollow interior where feedstuffs can be placed. One or more feeding portals extend through the cylinder to provide livestock access to feedstuffs. The feeding portals include a lower ledge against which livestock exerts a force while accessing feedstuffs in the feeder interior. A reinforcing annulus extends around the interior surface of the feeder proximate to and below the lower feeding portal ledge. The reinforcing annulus may be integrally formed with the polymeric cylinder or separately formed and attached to the polymeric cylinder. The feeder can withstand repeated feedings without collapse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Rick Patterson
  • Patent number: 9282727
    Abstract: A seed port for a bird feeder, the seed port being insertable into an aperture formed in the wall of the bird feeder, the seed port having at least one protrusion formed on a rear face of a front wall, the protrusion extending into a notch formed in a wall defining the aperture in the side wall. The seed port is not removeable after insertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Brome Bird Care Inc.
    Inventor: Paul L. Cote
  • Patent number: 9247718
    Abstract: A feed level sensor for a poultry feeding system is positioned within the drop tube of a control feeder of the feeding system. The sensor comprise a first light emitter/light detector pair to detect when the level of feed in the drop tube falls below a predetermined “empty” level and a second light emitter/light detector pair to detect when feed in the drop tube is at a predetermined “full” level in the drop tube. The sensor emits a “start” signal to activate a drive to deliver feed to the feeders along a feed line when it is detected that feed in the control feeder drop tube falls below the “empty” level and emits a “stop” signal to deactivate the drive when it detects that feed within the drop tube is at the “full” level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: The GSI Group, LLC
    Inventor: Nathan Pickens
  • Patent number: 9210912
    Abstract: The present development is a toy for a pet having a housing and at least one rotatable member, wherein the toy has at least one hidden cavity for accommodating a treat. The rotatable member enhances the degree of difficulty for the pet to gain access to the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Michael A. Conde
  • Patent number: 9113614
    Abstract: A selective bird feeding apparatus includes a housing having an access opening and door mounted positionable in a closed condition or in an open condition relative to the access opening. A drive mechanism is actuated to move the door to the closed condition or to the open condition. An actuator coupled to the drive mechanism includes a sensor which radiates energy to a position adjacent to the opening. The sensor receives reflected radiation reflected off of an object adjacent to the opening. A control circuit assigns an input value to the reflected radiation which is compared with a stored standard value. The actuator actuates the drive mechanism to move the door to the closed condition when the input value is outside a threshold limit of the standard value and actuates the drive mechanism to move the door to the open condition when the input value is within the threshold limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Nelson
  • Patent number: 9095117
    Abstract: A container, a container-positioning stand, and a pan are provided. The pan is provided beneath the container and stand for containing liquid spills. The pan has primary spacers above forming a primary space and secondary spacers below forming a secondary space. The container has a generally cylindrical configuration with an annular lip. The stand has an annular top member removably receiving the container. The stand has downwardly extending legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Sivathanu B. Kumar
  • Publication number: 20150136031
    Abstract: A bird feeder includes a tubular container for bird food and a removable base engageable with projections at a lower end thereof to retain it in place to form the bottom of the container. The base has an upper part in the form of a plug insertable into the container and a lower part having an annular outer part on which the upper part can rotate, and includes locking mechanism projections selectively locked into slots in the upper part by rotation. The projections can be disengaged from the slots in a first rotational position and are locked into the slots in a second rotational position, respectively. The upper and lower parts of the base can be separated from one another with a relative rotation between a first, locked position and a third, disengaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Graham Charles Evans, Matthew John Wood
  • Publication number: 20150128866
    Abstract: Systems, kits, and methods for training animals. The system can include an animal training enclosure, an animal harness assembly, and a system controller assembly. The animal training enclosure can include a housing in which the animal to be trained is positioned, a stimuli delivery assembly that presents stimuli and distracters to the animal, and a primary reinforcement apparatus. The animal harness assembly can include a harness mounted on the animal, the harness housing a vibrotactile apparatus that can be used as a secondary reinforcement apparatus, an electronic compass that can measure orientation of the animal, and a wireless interface for communicating with the system controller assembly. The methods can include a method of training an animal using a secondary reinforcement positioned on a harness mounted on the animal, a method of concurrently training a plurality of animals, a method of detecting an unexploded landmine, and a method of demining a minefield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Patrick A. Madorin, Kevin P. Myers, Joseph V. Tranquillo
  • Publication number: 20150122184
    Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein provide apparatuses and methods for facilitating filling and cleaning of bird feeders that are aesthetically pleasing and adaptable for attracting different types of birds. In one implementation, a bird feeder includes a port having a surface extending from a proximal end to a distal end. The proximal end has a connecting portion configured to connect to a reservoir. The surface has one or more openings defined therein. A small seed converter is insertable into the port, and the small seed converter includes a plurality of teeth extending from an edge. The plurality of teeth are configured to narrow the one or more openings for dispensing small sized seed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Classic Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Robert W. Donegan, Bryan Krueger, John W. Bruno
  • Publication number: 20150118203
    Abstract: Probiotic compositions that comprise one or more bacteria species in spore form, a thickener to form a stabilized suspension and to preferably act as a prebiotic, one or more acids or salts of acids, and optionally a water activity reducer. A system for delivering probiotic compositions by gravity feed or non-contact pump to a point of consumption by a plant or animal, preferably in conjunction with acidified drinking water, comprising a collapsible container with attachable tubing that prevent contamination of the probiotic composition within the container. Delivery may be actuated in response to a timer, motion detector, fluid level sensor, RFID tag, or other mechanism to periodically or continuously dispense a dosage of probiotic composition directly to the soil surrounding a plant or to the water or feed for an animal. A method for increasing beneficial bacteria in an animal's GIT comprises adding probiotics to acidified drinking water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Scott M. Boyette, Judith Gayle Pruitt, John Knope, Adrian Denvir, Charles Greenwald, Alex Erdman
  • Publication number: 20150107521
    Abstract: An animal treat delivery system is configured to hold a treat and dispense the treat to an animal. The animal treat delivery system includes a rounded top portion joined to expansionary central portion. A truncated lower portion is joined to the expansionary central portion. A rope channel is bored into the top portion. A treat compartment is bored into the truncated lower portion and the expansionary central portion. The rounded top portion is configured to swing in air such that maneuvering the treat compartment enables obtaining the treat by the animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Geoffrey Arthur Bush
  • Patent number: 9004013
    Abstract: A gundog training tool prevents gun shyness by gradually allowing a pup to adapt to the sound of a gunshot. A pop gun shoots treats upon creating a simulated gunshot so that the dog grows used to the sound of a gunshot and creates positive reinforcement rewarded by the treat. As the pup learns, a charge in a housing is introduced to provide a simulated gunshot that expels a treat that trains the dog to feel excitement at the sound and smell of a gunshot. The size of the charge adjusts to create louder simulated gunshots as the pup learns so that the pup is prepared for introduction to actual gunshots, such as from a shotgun shooting at a bird.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: EB Partners
    Inventors: James C. Bianchi, Robert W. Holland
  • Publication number: 20150100037
    Abstract: A system for providing animal maintenance includes a housing operable to accommodate an animal, an actuating arm coupled to the housing and to an attachment device, the attachment device is operable to perform one or more animal maintenance tasks, and the actuating arm is operable to apply the attachment device to the animal, a position sensor operable to determine the position of the animal relative to the position sensor, a restraint is operable to restrict the movement of the animal within the housing, and a processor communicatively coupled to the position sensor, the actuating arm, and the attachment device, the processor is operable to receive measurements from the position sensor and, in response to the received measurements, direct the actuating arm to apply the attachment device to the animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: David R. Allsup
  • Patent number: 8997689
    Abstract: One embodiment of a treat dispenser for an animal comprises a first and second chamber separated at a junction of the chambers by a dividing wall, wherein each chamber is formed from a skeletal framework, wherein the skeletal framework of the first chamber is substantially open and the skeletal framework of the second chamber is substantially closed, and further comprising a sound device disposed within the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Doskocil Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Ragonetti
  • Publication number: 20150090185
    Abstract: A feed level sensor for a poultry feeding system is positioned within the drop tube of a control feeder of the feeding system. The sensor comprise a first light emitter/light detector pair to detect when the level of feed in the drop tube falls below a predetermined “empty” level and a second light emitter/light detector pair to detect when feed in the drop tube is at a predetermined “full” level in the drop tube. The sensor emits a “start” signal to activate a drive to deliver feed to the feeders along a feed line when it is detected that feed in the control feeder drop tube falls below the “empty” level and emits a “stop” signal to deactivate the drive when it detects that feed within the drop tube is at the “full” level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Nathan Pickens
  • Patent number: 8985052
    Abstract: A bird feeder of the tube-type having a vertically disposed hollow body portion formed of a clear plastic material. The body portion has a plurality of inverted, truncated funnel members or baffles positioned therein in a vertically spaced-apart relationship which maintain a certain amount of feed at that level even though the main feed supply has dropped below that funnel member or baffle. The baffles direct feed to feed openings formed in the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sweet Corn Products LLC
    Inventor: Raymon W. Lush
  • Publication number: 20150075435
    Abstract: A system for creating a plurality of sheltered stalls around feeding ports of a hummingbird feeder. The sheltered stalls may be formed by generally V-shaped members having opposed curved wings, one stall being formed beneath abutting wings of two abutting generally V-shaped members. The generally V-shaped members may be supported on mounting hooks which are either integral with or removable from the hummingbird feeder. The sheltered stalls and mounting hooks are red. The system may include the hummingbird feeder. The system deters dominant males from preventing use of the hummingbird feeder by competing hummingbirds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Archie Hazel
  • Patent number: 8978585
    Abstract: A system and method for cognitive enrichment of an animal. At least one display device is configured to display stimuli to an animal. At least one input device is configured to accept input from the animal. At least one reward dispenser is configured to dispense a reward to the animal. At least one processor is communicatively coupled with the at least one display device, the at least one input device, and the at least one reward dispenser. Execution of computer-readable instructions causes the at least one processor to carry out steps including displaying one or more stimuli to the animal using the at least one display device, accepting an input from the animal corresponding to at least one of the one or more stimuli, making a dispensing decision based on the input, and dispensing a reward using the at least one reward dispenser based on the dispensing decision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: CanCog Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph A. Araujo
  • Publication number: 20150068461
    Abstract: A food retainer adapted to receive food to be eaten by a domestic animal. The food retainer has a base and a number of protrusions extending from the upper surface of the base of the food retainer in mutual distances from each other. At least some of the protrusions are substantially higher than the remainder of those on the food retainer. The structure of the food retainer forces the animal to struggle for the food, thereby performing an exercise that keeps the animal healthy and active and stimulates the intelligence and physique of the animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Frederik Estrup Lindskov, Mikkel Hansen
  • Publication number: 20150068460
    Abstract: Disclosed is a self-supporting elevated feeding tray apparatus including a tray, a tray riser and a base, where the tray is watertight and the tray, tray riser, and base are integrally formed from the same material. Fill level indicia or marks allow a precise amount of food to be placed in the tray. Also disclosed is a blank for forming the elevated feeding tray apparatus including the panels that form the tray as well as a tray riser and a base. Also disclosed is a method of forming an elevated feeding tray apparatus including the steps of preparing a blank, bending the blank, forming an indentation in at least one bend, and making the seams between the side walls of the tray and at least one tray bottom panel watertight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Insight Advisors Inc.
    Inventors: Patricia M. Jones, Michael Haddad
  • Publication number: 20150059651
    Abstract: An insert for use with animal feed or water containers has a bowl shaped body, a wide rim so the insert can be supported by the container, and at least one lifting tab extending from the rim by at least 0.5 inch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Kevin Talt, Aldie E. Johnson, III
  • Patent number: 8960997
    Abstract: A portable feed apparatus comprising a feed container, a mixing assembly that receives a feed from said feed container, at least one feed additive assembly in flowable connection with said mixing assembly, and a controller in communication with said mixing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ganado Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Stephen E. Bachman, Michael E. Hubbert
  • Patent number: 8960996
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining a mixing regime for use in the preparation of an animal feed in which a main computer is programmed to store a master list of ingredients which are available to farmers and from which a farmer can select a specific set of ingredients for the preparation of animal feed. The main computer is programmed to store the ingredients in a look-up table cross-referenced with standard mixing periods to which the respective ingredients should be subjected during the mixing regime to produce an animal feed. Additionally, the look-up table contains mixing factors by which the standard mixing periods may be altered in order to take account of non-standard conditions, such as variations of the ingredients, the proportion of the particular ingredient, the average size or weight of the animals and the mixing apparatus and condition thereof in which the animal feed is to be mixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Salford Engineering Limited
    Inventors: Hugh McNab Kerr, John Joseph McCurdy, Jérôme Jean-Yves Eon, Seth Daniel Wareing, Timothy John Penfare
  • Publication number: 20150047573
    Abstract: A skin apparatus for removable use with an animal enclosure, the apparatus comprising a bottom wall and a side wall integral with the bottom wall substantially along a side wall bottom edge and extending therefrom so as to terminate in an opposite side wall top edge, the distance between the side wall bottom edge and the side wall top edge defining an effective height of the apparatus so as to be removably engaged with the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Sandra Tam
  • Patent number: 8950359
    Abstract: A receptacle suspended from a support member having a hollow housing and a lid to enclose the interior thereof. A cable secured to the housing extending though a locking mechanism affixed atop the lid so that the lid may be moved from a closed to an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Amerihua International Enterprises Inc.
    Inventors: David Chen, Leighton Chen
  • Publication number: 20150034014
    Abstract: A feed control system, a feeding system and a method for feeding animals comprises an autonomous feed displacer which displaces animal feed and subsequently measures the height of the displaced animal feed using a feed level meter. Since the displaced, pushed back animal feed results in heaps of surprisingly constant shape, it is possible to obtain a reliable indication of the quantity using only the feed level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Lely Patent N.V.
    Inventor: Jan Martinus Van Kuilenburg
  • Publication number: 20150034012
    Abstract: An animal feeder for facilitating oral hygiene includes a body having a support wall for supporting food for an animal. A plurality of tongue scraping formations project away from the support wall for scraping a tongue of the animal when the animal licks the tongue scraping formations on the support wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Hazel Clarke, Joseph Clarke
  • Publication number: 20150034013
    Abstract: Consumable feed products and vegetation are delivered to animals using a single container in which the container holds the feed product and is used to deliver the feed and which includes ungerminated seeds embedded in the container body. The seeds are caused to germinate and produce vegetation from the container body, and the germinated seeds and/or vegetation is fed to the animal. Multiple containers may be used simultaneously so that while the consumable feed product from one container is used to feed an animal, another container may be used to grow vegetation or deliver vegetation to the animal. Confined birds such as poultry and chicks may benefit from ingesting feed and vegetation produced from such containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Bill L. Miller, Michael S. Burr, Gordon Ballam, Jodi Moore, Mikel Roeder, Erin Venable
  • Patent number: 8944006
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, a training device is provided for training animals to perform or refrain from performing a target activity. The training device includes a reward dispenser that is capable of dispensing a reward to an animal being trained upon receiving a reward dispensing command. The reward dispensing command includes a hopper for holding a quantity of rewards. The hopper includes an entrance port for receiving rewards and an exit port through which rewards can be dispensed. The reward dispenser also includes a delivery assembly for controllably delivering rewards from the hopper to the exit port, the delivery members being placeable in contact with the rewards to be delivered. A motor member is provided that is capable of maintaining the delivery members in a static position to prevent the delivery of a reward, and moving the delivery member to deliver at least one reward to the exit port. The delivery member includes at least one bristle-containing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Smart Animal Training Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Wesley H. Anderson, Larry O'Cull, Adam Minniear, Brent Adamson, Anthony F. Furdock, Zachary Bertram