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I was wondering what i could give,hang,feed to my chickens to keep them occoupied.could i put in dog toys or hang a bell?my winter coop isint verry big and it is about 2.5 feet tall. any comments are appreciated

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I have hung a head of cabbage. Put a hole through the middle and push string through it, tie it off and hang it up. Keeps mine occupied for ages. I am about to try a cat treat ball with some meal worms in it. I figured this time of year they would like the extra protein. I also hide treats in flower pots etc in the run to give them something to look for.

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post #3 of 12

I hung a bell made out of black oil sunflower seeds right beyond them so my 5 standard girls had to stretch/jump a bit.  It was like 4 or 5 dollars and was gone in a couple hours!  Tried suet feeders filled with veggies, they hate veggies and did not touch it.hmm
Hopefully others will have some good ideas...

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post #4 of 12

You can make your own bird bells made from seeds for under .50 a batch, the most costly thing about it is the gelitin. I make my own for my cockateils.

My house is over run with animals yet the ones that make the bigger messes are illegal to cage:)
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My house is over run with animals yet the ones that make the bigger messes are illegal to cage:)
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post #5 of 12

I got one of those little open wire balls with a bell on the bottom, I think it's a hamster treat ball, and I fill it with spinach, cabbage or other green leafy veggies packed in tightly. I hung it just a bit over their heads so they would stretch a little to get it and it's been a big hit. Since I only have 4 girls it's just enough for them and they seem to really like it. It only cost a couple of dollars at the pet store so could get a few and hang them in different places if you wanted. Happy ChickieGirls yippiechickie

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Next time build the coop before you get the chickens!
You can't tell the color of the chicken or the egg by looking at the yolk.
1 Ameraucana, 2 Black/Lavender Split Orpingtons, 2 EE's, 2 RI Reds, 1 Barred Rock, 1 Cuckoo Marans and 2 Silver Spangled Hamburgs.

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post #6 of 12

I've done the tetherball cabbage thing before, I like the idea of the greens treat ball... has anyone tried putting treat holders up on roosts? Like they have to fly/climb to get it?

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I have too many animals, and I want more... hopefully I'll find a guy that understands my need to have a farm! At least I can make him beer to help dull the pain!!
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thanks

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post #8 of 12

For what its worth, my birds go insane for cabbage.  Since its so cheap at this time of year, I get one every time I go to the store and they demolish it in a day.  They peck at it, and also grab pieces and run off and generally have a good time.

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post #9 of 12

My flock will work on a pie pumpkin for hours- for these choosy girls, it has to be a PIE (sugar) pumpkin and not a regular old halloween pumpkin. I cut out a few chunks and sometimes throw some greens inside. They eat the flesh and also love the seeds.  I guess I could try a squash next, as they like the higher sugar content, apparently. I agree with the cabbage- I feed cabbage every day along with a whole apple.

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Originally Posted by dntd 

You can make your own bird bells made from seeds for under .50 a batch, the most costly thing about it is the gelitin. I make my own for my cockateils.


I can't seem to find a recipe for the bird bells that contain gelatin.

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5 paint silkies, 4 black sex links, 2 LF cochins, 1 easter egger.

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