Here in Tasmania we have Native Hens (a protected species) they are about the size of a chicken and usually hang in large family groups. They can be a pest to farmers as they like to eat grain. They are an incredibly nervous bird and run like the wind, we often refer to them as turbo chooks. I brought my chickens a new treadle feeder on the weekend. After 4 days they are just starting to get used it although still very nervous and the Roo wont even come close to eating out of there yet. I still have the hatch propped open to try to encourage them to use it. This morning while outside I noticed a group of Native Hens coming towards the pen - they often do this to try to get in on the left over food hence the purchase of the treadle feeder. So, I hid and watched. I couldnt believe it when I watched one walk straight over to the treadle feeder, stand on the treadle and proceed to eat, quickly followed by 6 others! They were not in the least nervous and took to it like a pro. So here I am with chickens who are still too scared to use it and the very birds Im trying not to feed seemingly overjoyed by the new feeder! They are protected so I cant dispatch of them (wouldnt want to anyway) but now have to come up with some other solution to my rid myself of the unwanted guests!