Well, I finally got tired of having to mess with the waterer thingy multiple times per day, cleaning it out and allowing air in for the water to come out. So, I decided that it was time to introduce everyone to the water bottle. I was surprised to be honest. The chickens are a couple of dopes, the buttons, they're naturals. The cochin took awhile to learn, s/he was literally attacking it to get water, and attacking the resevoir and just about everything else trying to figure it out, but finally got it down about five minutes later. The silkie, well, that idiot is still picking at the water that drops into the bedding from the others picking at the bottle. The buttons walked right up and gently tapped the ball and started drinking immediately, even the itsy bitsy one. I'm stunned, I was honestly expecting the chicken chicks to figure it out sooner. I'm thinking about using bottles right from the start, but I'm half afraid to.