- Mar 25, 2013
Hello everyone. First time poster here and newbie chicken owner. We have 6 baby chicks that will be 4 weeks old tomorrow. We also purchased 4 1 year old hens a week ago. The hens are already laying for us, which shocked us. They've been laying since day 1. We figured it would be awhile before we got eggs just from transplant shock. Anyway, we have a bucket waterer and apparently these ladies have never used one. How in the world can we get them to use it? Ive spent so much time out there with them this week trying all type of ways to get them to use it. Ive pecked at it with my finger, which incites interest, but they won't try it. Ive tried picking them up and putting their beaks to it. They drink when Im holding them there, but don't go back on their own. Ive even gotten the head hen up to it, but alas, we are still drinking from a tub. Oh yeah, Ive even taken one of our chicks out there to show them because the chicks have been drinking out of that since 1 week old. But they were too interested in the angry chick I was holding because I wouldn't let her down to play. Any suggestions?