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Do baby chicks need toys?

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I know this may sound like a goofy question, but my 4 day old chicks spend most of their time knocking over their thermometer,pecking it, and climbing all over it. Is there anything I can put in their pen for them to play with? There is 6 of them in their 4x2x2 horse trough...http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/26245_006.jpghttp://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/26245_004.jpg

I have 1 99% perfect man of the garage,2 boys,one baby girl due 6/30/12,2 pitbulls,3 munchkin Cats, 1 Cochin Roo,2 Standard Frizzle Cochin hens,2 standard Cochin hens,4 Lavender Orpinton hens,1 Lavender Orpington Roo.

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I have 1 99% perfect man of the garage,2 boys,one baby girl due 6/30/12,2 pitbulls,3 munchkin Cats, 1 Cochin Roo,2 Standard Frizzle Cochin hens,2 standard Cochin hens,4 Lavender Orpinton hens,1 Lavender Orpington Roo.

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post #2 of 19

They'll "play" with anything you put in there - but no, toys aren't needed. They are only practicing foraging techniques. I put a flat plate with some chick crumbles for them to peck, scratch and forage at.. they're little busy bodies aren't they!

Chris, Aimee & Matthew home on the farmette with Marcie, Daisy Mae Sunshine, Harold the immortal rescue fish. 100 chickens and counting! Barred Rock, Speckled Sussex, EE's, Americaunas, Jersey Giants, Black & Red Stars, Reds, Comets, Frizzle, Cochin, Silkie, White Crested Polish & Cukoo Marans.. and more to come!
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Chris, Aimee & Matthew home on the farmette with Marcie, Daisy Mae Sunshine, Harold the immortal rescue fish. 100 chickens and counting! Barred Rock, Speckled Sussex, EE's, Americaunas, Jersey Giants, Black & Red Stars, Reds, Comets, Frizzle, Cochin, Silkie, White Crested Polish & Cukoo Marans.. and more to come!
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post #3 of 19

No !!!!

Standard White Cornish, Dark's & White laced Red Cornish Breeder..........If you don't have Cornish you don't have Chickens. Breeding the best, to the best.
As good as a few and better than most, What You'll Tolerate in your flock is what you'll get.
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Standard White Cornish, Dark's & White laced Red Cornish Breeder..........If you don't have Cornish you don't have Chickens. Breeding the best, to the best.
As good as a few and better than most, What You'll Tolerate in your flock is what you'll get.
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post #4 of 19

In a week or so, you can give them a piece of a tree branch.  They will jump on it and roost.  Are they having "fun"?  I hesitate to call it that.  Also:  I am guilty of rolling my eyes at the call for *enrichment activities* for chickens.  Baby Einstein, anyone?  duc


However, in a couple weeks, you can start giving them small amount of other foods.  YOU will have fun watching them go wild over a piece of nodle or a couple peas!  ya

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post #5 of 19

CRICKETS. Yes indeed. A great treat and oh so dang fun. I let 9 loose in their little brooder and for an entire day they had a blast.

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post #6 of 19

Oh that would be fun to watch them chase crickets!  Maybe good training too for later?  Get out there and eat those bugs!  Terri O in WI 
(PS) Really though...why dont you give them a parakeet toy to roll around. Or maybe one of those plastic cat balls with the bell inside? I bet they would have "fun" with that.

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Calling all Wisconsinites....come and enjoy the days of summer with us on the "Cheesehead" thread!  http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=245700

Join us at our yearly Bash! http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/851229/fifth-annual-wicheeseheads-bash


My Motto: " Don't just do it, overdo it"

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post #7 of 19

My sons loved catching rolypoly bugs and other critters in the back yard for them to chase around.  We also put sticks and rocks in with them to hop on and off of.

post #8 of 19

And when you finish a toilet paper roll, put the empty cardboard tube in the brooder with them.   It's fun to watch them investigate that!  (I had one fall asleep across it after "playing" with it for some time.)

I know it was more for ME and my amusement, but that's about the most "toy for enrichment" I can justify trying.

-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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post #9 of 19

People may laugh at me but YES.  When raised with mom - chicks are never bored - she is always doing something with them - moving, eating, scratching, playing, sleeping.  Stuck in a box with no enrichment is boring!

I give them a stuff animal, cat toy they can roll and peck at, starting at 3 - 4 days old - I give them a little tub of sand (I do not worry if it is "clean" I just scoop sand from outside), once they have sand I start giving them tiny bits of hay (I cut small sizes at first), bits of grass or weeds you want them to eat, a feather duster hung from the side of the box (LOVE this one!), frozen veggies - run under hot water until thawed, bugs (raising mealworms for mine). 

I do not feed medicated food, and have not had ill chicks - no pasty butt or cocci yet.

Fowl adventures happening daily       

"Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you." ~ Sally/Ranchie - we miss you.
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Fowl adventures happening daily       

"Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you." ~ Sally/Ranchie - we miss you.
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post #10 of 19

This is a great topic. Thanks....pop ......I got babies hatching in a few days. Lots of great ideas!

Was the only female in the house until I got chickens......Wife, Mother of 2 boys, owner of 2 dogs, MANY chickens and a duck or two.
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Was the only female in the house until I got chickens......Wife, Mother of 2 boys, owner of 2 dogs, MANY chickens and a duck or two.
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