I actually for a split second thought about not having them at all. GASP!! You see, the other night I found a mouse/rat in the coop. It had gotten so fat it got stuck half in and half out of the tiny wire mesh holes, I actually had to get Mr Bok to kill it because the thought of it hanging there until morning then being eaten alive by the hens was too ghastly. I totally freaked out. ARGH!!!!!! First time I've seen one in our garden.
Also I'm tired of feeding the pigeons so ... I bought this!
It's a grandpa's feeder.
And the chooks are terrified of it!
Conchita - what is that thing???
Conchita and Matilda (aka Snowflake) nonchalantly pecking around it...
I tried coaxing the boldest girls to take a look (Conchita and Matilda) but it has taken a few days. Not even sausage could entice them to stand on the platform. The first week you're meant to leave the feeder open but it still makes a noise when the chooks stand on it.
Success! Conchita actually has a foot up on it but Consuela at the side just ran away and the others sprinted too.
In the end they got afraid and legged it choosing instead to take their meals where they could find them for the rest of the day and the next.
I thought I'd be able to have my vegie beds back by now but nooooo those darn trombocino never die!! They just keep sprawling and sprawling...
Today, 3 days later, look! The girls are still largely hungry but at least Matlida is now eating out of the feeder. Shame she isn't standing on the treadle though.
Anyone else have a treadle feeder? How did you teach your girls to use it?