I know this is probably common knowledge to most but I'm raising my first flock and wanted to post something I learned today for anyone else that may not be aware. I finished my coop and run last week and moved my 6 week old gals out there. I currently have a roost I built in the run but other than that it's pretty empty. I'm planning on building two more roosts in the run tomorrow but in the meantime I wanted to keep my gals occupied so they don't get bored. I read the article on here about how to keep your chickens from being bored in the winter, and one tip caught my eye about putting hay in your coop or run since I have quite a bit around for covering newly planted seeds in the garden and for mulch. So I peeled a couple of squares off a bale of alfalfa hay and put them in the run, and let me tell ya, it really piques their interest substantially. My gals immediately made a beeline to the hay and were busy sorting it out all afternoon long. I've never seen them so interested in anything since I got them. So from now on I think I'm going to make sure they always have a couple of micro-bales available to them. I haven't given them any treats or anything yet since they're still so young, and I'm sure they'll be mighty interested in those in the future, but if you have young pullets and want to give them something cheap to play with, just throw them some hay and they'll love you for it.
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2/26/16 at 8:36pm