You can teach chickens . My ladies have been home now for a week and I was concerned that they were not drinking from the nipple waterer. I had been told that their natural curiosity would solve the problem. The water level hasn't subsided noticibly and I haven't seen them drinking. So after doing some research here and elsewhere I found an overpriced sales site for them that had a FAQ with comments. They recommended removing all other forms of drink from them and let them get real thirsty. Sounds a bit cruel but in the long run right!! Then someone said they pushed grapes over the nipples and by the time they finished the grapes they had learned how to drink. Having read that grapes might be bad, or at least seeded grapes (?) I went with small, cherry type tomatoes. First cut a cross in the bottom of the tomatoe and pushed it on the nipple. It split all the way down the side and of course wouldn't stay on. Then I took the drill bit I had used to put the nipples in and just using my hand drilled a hole in the bottom, cut off the top and slipped it onto the nipple success. It stayed on for now. I got the proper starting height for the nipples (18" for my size girls Went to 19" later) added water and let the girls go. I had also removed all treats from the run. No cabbage, no pumpkin. After a water fast for 18 or so hours I let the girls go. They went straight for the tomatoes. they discovered the water and the rest is history. You want to learn the pecking order for your chickens? Fast them from water then give them a limited source. i.e. 3 nipples. My unknown breed bout the size of my BO, Black with a green iridesent sheen, and my BO are the dominant pair. BO seems to allow the others in and could care less Blacky ( soon to become Boss Lady) is very aggressive towards the others, My two reds seem to pick on my BR who is sometime tolerated by the other 2. Love that chicken TV.