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Self Feeding

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Lorraine Perth, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. Lorraine Perth

    Lorraine Perth Out Of The Brooder

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    I have just got a treadle feeder for my girls. Any tips on getting them used to it? I was also told be someone that I shouldn't allow them access to their feed all day as they will get fat as they won't stop eating. I haven't noticed this yet as they have just started using the feeder.
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If they are layers and not the meat breeds they will not overeat and should have access to their food all day in my opinion.
     
  3. Lorraine Perth

    Lorraine Perth Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, they are laying hens
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

  5. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    I would start by propping open the lid so that neither the treadle nor the cover can move when the chickens are feeding. Leave it that way for a week so they learn that their food is located inside. Then I'd make it so the treadle and the cover can move just a little bit so they get used to the movement when they step on the treadle. Prop it about 3/4's of the way open and leave it that way for a few days or so. Gradually make so they have to open it further to get to the feed. Good luck!
     
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  6. RobinsonBirds

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    I'll be interested to see how long it takes for your chickens to get used to the treadle feeder as I'm considering buying one for my chooks.
     
  7. Lorraine Perth

    Lorraine Perth Out Of The Brooder

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    They have been using it for 5 days now and I have it half open and they all are used to standing on the treadle to fully open it and feed. I put a thin piece of rubber under the treadle as they were put off by the noise it made on the cement slab I have the feeder on and no problems now. I tried today to close it down and they aren't ready yet so I let you know how long it takes. The best part about it is how clean it is and no rodents get to the feed as I close it down at night. Cant wait for the rain to check out if it is whether proof
     
  8. Lorraine Perth

    Lorraine Perth Out Of The Brooder

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    The girls got used to the treadle feeder in 3 weeks. That is they now have the lid closed and open it themselves when they want to feed. 2 weeks 1/2 open 1 week 1/4 open. Yipee!!! such an easy and clean way to feed
     

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