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How long can my hens go without eating?

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I just installed a new "Grandpa's Feeder" 3 days ago.  It has a lid that opens and closes when the hens step on the pedal and is taking some time for the chickens to get used to.  As of this morning I've seen two of them figure it out and are using it properly, but the other three don't seem to get it yet.  The instructions say to leave them with no other food and they will eventually get used to it.  Since it's been three days, should I worry about the 3 I haven't seen use it?

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You're going to have to camp out there to make sure they all eat. It would be best to observe when they come out in the morning when they're all hungry. If they don't eat then, they're not eating feed.

 

They can't go very long without eating. They are voracious eaters and will fill their crop with whatever is available if there is no feed. That could be bedding, feces, or whatever is in front of them.

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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I just installed a new "Grandpa's Feeder" 3 days ago.  It has a lid that opens and closes when the hens step on the pedal and is taking some time for the chickens to get used to.  As of this morning I've seen two of them figure it out and are using it properly, but the other three don't seem to get it yet.  The instructions say to leave them with no other food and they will eventually get used to it.  Since it's been three days, should I worry about the 3 I haven't seen use it?

There's a 3 step method to train the birds to the treadle feeders.

First is lid locked open,

second is lid partially open so treadle activates and they get used to it's motion

third is they only use the treadle for access.

 

....did you employ that method?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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I did and I'm having difficulty with step 2.  I actually left it as step 1 for a month, and now step two is proving to be scary for them.  I hope they catch on soon.

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I did and I'm having difficulty with step 2.  I actually left it as step 1 for a month, and now step two is proving to be scary for them.  I hope they catch on soon.

How long have you been on step 2?

I've never done it myself but have read multiple stories....some catch on quick, some take much longer.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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It's been about 6 days on step 2 but I broke down a few days ago and fed them, and let them out today to forage.  It's now only two hens that I'm worried about and they happen to be the lowest in the pecking order.  Tomorrow i might try to let some of them out and leave the the two that aren't used to the new feeder in their pen to see if they respond with some treats in the feeder.  Maybe their being bullied away from the feeder, although I haven't seen this behavior.

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Maybe one of these threads will hold some viable advice for you:

advanced search>titles only>treadle feeder

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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