Because of the tiny size of the brooder (one of those rubbermaid style totes), I didn't want to fill it up with a bucket feeder straight off, so I waited until I got them in the coop to switch them to the bucket feeder and they hate it. Well maybe not hate it, but I put it in there a few days ago and have been monitoring their eating progress. I see a few of them eating from it, but nothing compared to the standard little feeder that I started them on.
Thinking they would switch to the bucket, I pulled out the little feeder and hoped they would get use to the bucket, but after a day of not seeing much activity, I refilled the little feeder and put it back in and they gobbled it down. Did the same thing yesterday, pulled the little feeder, would see a couple of them stick their heads in getting food throughout the day/night, but not much.
So I decided to feed them again today with the littler feeder and they attack it like they were starving...
How long is acceptable to "starve" the little girls before I give up on the bucket idea and go back to a feeder where they can see the food? They are about a month old at this point. anybody else unable to get them to switch? Do I need to slather the inside of it with something tasty to convince them to stick their heads in and see the food?
If I can't get them to switch I'll try the PVC tube feeder, but I like the idea of the bucket better as it can hold more food/keep out the rain (not that we get much in SoCal).