Grandpa's Feeder (treadle feeder) and my clueless chickens (I'd love to receive any helpful suggest

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Carolyn252, Aug 27, 2016.

  1. Carolyn252

    Carolyn252 Mother of Chickens

    So far the Grandpa's Feeder is winning the IQ test.

    Five of my seven hens would rather starve to death than step up on the treadle. (I think that the movement of the lid is what's spooking them.)

    However, two of my seven have had the lightbulb moment and can open the Feeder at will. Their flockmates hang around waiting for one of the two geniuses to step up and open the feast for them.

    I am determined to get the other five on board. Especially because the two lowest-pecking order girls will indeed perish if they don't figure it out. The others rarely let them get a nibble or two before the bully-pecks rout them from the Feeder.

    I did follow the directions that came with the Grandpa Feeder. One full week leaving the treadle locked in place keeping the lid wide open. Followed by one full week leaving the treadle only half depressed with the lid half open, and now it's been two weeks with the lid closed.

    I'm now thinking of a makeshift ramp that will reach the treadle. Maybe that will trigger some inspiration. We shall see. We live in hope... (The backstory is that wild birds used to visit every day, eating from the open feeders I've tried. Not cool!!)

    The photos are from the Grandpa's Feeders website. I have mine set up inside the ChickArena, sitting on woodshavings, not grass.


  2. Carolyn252

    Carolyn252 Mother of Chickens

    Well, one more genius has figured it out. HennyPenny bravely has stepped up to the plate and mastered the dilemma. She can now open the feeder at will. So, three Einsteins and four birdbrains. We continue to live in hope.[​IMG]
  3. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2014
    They will figure it out. Neat concept. Wouldn't work for my flock of over 100 though:D. Keep us posted on how they do.
  4. CarolB865

    CarolB865 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2016
    Knoxville, TN
    I have the Feed-O-Matic Feeder and I love it! I bought it because one of my girls is cross beaked and she'll spend half the day there eating. Easier for her than the PVC one I had. Took a little bit for the flock to get used to, but the treadle is much bigger for them to stand on and open it. On'y had to prop it open for a few days and they all got the hang of it.
  5. Carolyn252

    Carolyn252 Mother of Chickens

    Slowly, slowly, we make progress. Can open it at will: HennyPenny, LittleWhiteFrizzle, BuffOrp, BigWhiteDelaware,EE. So, five Einsteins; two clueless.

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