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I have seven chicks under a hen outside. They are four weeks old now and they are very active. They have been escaping from there run lately, naturally
I have increased security but I am wondering if there is anything else I a do to help keep them occupied in there run. I have put in a toy mountain that used to be used for train tracks, put some roosts in their run at different levels. I have added a pan full of sand for a dust bath, other bits and pieces (branches, pipes etc) and I have hung stuffed peppers(stuffed with cheese cubes and seeds) from the top of their run but they still seem bored and try to get out. Can anyone suggest some other things for me to do because I am worried they will get out and my gog will get them. Please no suggestions on added security because we are working on that.

here are some pictures of the chicks and their mother


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The grass is always 'greener' on the other side of the fence.  Until and unless you make it impossible for them to leave the pen, they will continue to explore. 

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Cute.  Your chicks are having fun I'm sure.  My chicks run to the door now every time I go to see them as they know they can go outside from time to time.  It's funny how they get to know.  But I don't want to spoil them too much because when we go on vacation, they won't be let out at all.  hmmmm.

 

I have 11 and they are now 8 weeks old.  Their chirps are turning to clucks.  Too funny as their voices are changing and sounding gruff from time to time.  They run and jump when I let them out even though I don't let them go too far, they love it. 

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I wouldn't worry because your chickens are, like ours, the chosen few who have it much better than 99.9% of poor chickens of the world in cages, or worse. 

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The grass is always 'greener' on the other side of the fence.  Until and unless you make it impossible for them to leave the pen, they will continue to explore. 


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