Automatic Treadle Feeder

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Dizzydi, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Dizzydi

    Dizzydi New Egg

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    Hi... Advice required. My husband has built a fantastic treadle feeder for our girls but we just can't get them to use it. They did step on the peddle a couple of times but they get freaked out!

    Any suggestions on how to get them to use it? The girls are 24 weeks, not laying yet ;(
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    When they get hungry enough, they'll figure it out.

    Or you could go out there and help them step on it and throw in a favorite treat. That would keep them coming back.
     
  3. The Lazy L

    The Lazy L Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you tried proping the lip open for a few days? Then half way open...
     
  4. joan1708

    joan1708 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    grandpa is proud of his feeder. How does he keep ants out of it?
     
  5. Yukonchick

    Yukonchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    wouldn't the ants be extra protein for them??[​IMG]
     

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