So a couple of weeks ago, I finally sourced some nipples to put in the bottom of a bucket to water the chooks. After some diy of which i was very proud I installed the waterer in their run and tapped their beaks against them as instructed by some people here to teach them how to use it. I have done this several times but they still have not got the idea so I have to keep going down with the hose and cleaning out their dish and filling it up with water again.
Should I just remove all other water sources and hope they get desperate enough to try it? I am not sure whether I have it at the right height either, I have big chooks BA's and RIR's in with 2 lil' pekins and another mixed race 'ninja' bantam. when I catch them to have a go at it they squat of course so it feels like its too high, but when I see them walking around they have to bob their heads to fit under it. Its about a foot off the ground.
Please help, I am so sick of the mess they make in their water dish and felt sure this was the perfect solution and it took so long to source them here it is very disappointing that they are not using it!