Originally Posted by Sylvester017
There was no other feeder available in the yard today. Haven't had a chance to fiddle with the treadle settings today - DS came by to help me shovel dirt from place to place and pack it down and now it's dark and I don't want to fool around with the feeder. We did however notice that all 4 of our chickens - 2 Silkies, an Ameraucana, a Breda - all used the feeder today. I keep the brick on the treadle foot during the day and when I see the wild birds wanting to mooch I take the brick off the treadle. While a chicken has her head poked in the feeder the wild birds can't squeeze in to get any nibbles. The wild birds don't seem to be able to get inside the open bin either while it's open. It's a tight space so I guess that's good. Gotta set the tension though. Contractor coming early morning to start working on the yard and I'll be busy moving things around and answering his questions. The chickens are on their own tomorrow .
Originally Posted by lynnehd
Good grief, you have your hands full! Well, at least they are all eating out of it. Baby steps.
Good luck dodging the contractor!
All 4 hens aren't scared of the Feed-O-Matic any more as long as the treadle foot has a brick on it to keep it open for them. I took the brick off the pedal to close the bin from the mooching Sparrows but our spooky kooky Ameraucana stepped on the foot walking over it and when the lid closed it clanked and scared her. She's a spooky wary bird anyway and she's always the last to learn how to trust nipple waterers and treadle feet. Now I've got mooching Mourning Doves coming around to look for tidbits - sigh.
Here's another reply from Tyler at Rent-A-Coop about the smallest Feed-O-Matic I'm having problems with:
We will convert the chart to pounds and give suggestions of setting based off bantams and regular sized hens. Thanks for the idea.
There should be no gap in the lid at all, that would of course defeat the purpose. If you can send a picture I can let you know what I think is wrong. Email here or text to 202-412-4232.
You do not need to use mealworms to entice them. You can put regular feed on the pedal close to the feed port and it will work just as well. You're just attracting the hens towards the food source so they're able to see it then eat from the feeder.
Video instructions are coming this evening. We will send a link to the setup and training of the hens. This might also solve your gap problem.
Training has taken us between one day and 2 weeks to train a group to use the feeder. Don't give up just yet. You have a 30 day return policy if you purchased with prime.
Please keep us updated on your progress as we're here to help every step of the way,