Originally Posted by FarmerPhronc
Those look sweet. I'm starting on a project to expand the run area so even more space for the moochers to get in. I'll be looking into these! Thanks for sharing Sylvester!
I agree, those look sweet!! But I wonder if they just added the treadle part? Because on the website it has a chicken decal on the front but yours says chowhound? And I remember hearing that brand a while ago so Googled it again and it seems the original does not have the treadle and the dog simply nudges it open? Cause the original was for dogs i think. So would a chicken be too light to push it? Because the original is like $30- $40 depending on store for the 25 pound one and 50 pound is like $50-$60? I think they're website it's $115? I'm not saying it's a bad investment, i might look into it too, but I wonder if you couldn't just buy the feeder and add the treadle yourself? Or make a wooden one? I know you had said you didn't want to assemble it though. We tried a bucket feeder and mine didn't like sticking their heads in but I also didn't take away the other feeders. But I don't blame them, it seems so unnatural especially for a prey animal to put your head inside a pipe and lose your view.
Originally Posted by Sylvester017
Mark at chickenwaterers.com said chickens will prefer open water to nipple valves. So he helped me transition our chickens from open water to nipple valves. It took a few days but the key is to remove all open water source while training them to use only the valves. It just takes your smartest chicken to catch on how to use the valves and the others follow eventually. One Silkie chicken learned in an hour as we tapped the valves for her. The last chicken to catch on, a suspicious Ameraucana, took 8 days to finally trust the "new" gadget. I resisted putting out open water and used watermelon and cantaloupe and cucumber to be sure they were getting hydrated while learning the new gadget. Even now if I have a dripping ice cube in my fingers the birds think the drips are a nipple valve and slurp up the drips from my fingertips like they're using a valve.
Thanks! I'm sorry, I should have clarified. We actuallymade it in I think the end of February and they picked it up that day, the Australorps were a little skeptical, so they have been using it for a while now and normally use it with no problems but today it was in the 70s and they didn't seem like they drank much. Of course, I could have just missed it but usually I see it. I did give them strawberries and kale this morning though. But they were panting around 4. I should have brought water out sooner. I don't know what their problem is. But I brought some bowls out and they drank fine. I then went to Tractor Supply and picked up a 1 gallon plastic waterer and evem though it was now like 6 and pretty cool, I still mixed up some Sav A Chick for them. They drank that willingly and I am glad the base is red cause otherwise they might not have drunken orange water lol
Anyways, one day a month or so ago it was very bitterly cold and I brought them an open waterer then too filled with warm water. I normally never bring warm water, that was the first time, but I felt bad. They LOVED it.
And one time one EE drank out of a gross mud and poo filled puddle in the run.
And in fact, often the EEs fly up on top of the waterer and drink from the lid?
I don't know, is this normal?
I haven't spoiled them with open water much but when I do they go crazy. Maybe nipples just aren't natural to them? Or maybe I don't have it up enough?
I am worried though as it is not even summer yet and if they aren't going to drink much water maybe I should switch to open waterers again. But they get dirty SO fast. Or maybe I am just over thinking it and spoiling them? Maybe I should try giving fruit. Or get a deep container so they can deep drink as I heard someone say once. I don't know.