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new large feeders, how to tempt them to use it

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jpsbcfc, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. jpsbcfc

    jpsbcfc In the Brooder

    Nov 7, 2011
    west midlands, uk

    long time lurker finally got round to registering.

    i am uk based with 2 sheds and runs with 6 chickens in each run.

    i have managed to get 2 of the 40kg barrel feeders which have a spring on the bottom that fills with food. the idea is the girls peck at the spring and it releases the food.

    the feeders have been in the runs for about 2 weeks now but the pellets we got were too big so now i have replaced the pellets and the springs work fine.

    only issue is that the girls dont seem to know to peck at it, we have tried showing them that food comes out but they still dont seem to have worked it out.

    is there anything we can do or will they figure it out on their own eventually?


  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    They will figure it out on their own.
    Just make them do it by not giving them any other feed
  3. AccentOnHakes

    AccentOnHakes Songster

    Oct 2, 2009
    Take some yogurt and smear it on the spoon. They'll peck at the yogurt and learn that it releases food. Make sure to wipe the spoon after you teach them!
  4. jpsbcfc

    jpsbcfc In the Brooder

    Nov 7, 2011
    west midlands, uk
    ok will try the yoghurt idea, thank you

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