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Anybody have any ideas for chicken entertainment?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by The ChickenKing, Jul 3, 2014.

  1. Sylvester017

    Sylvester017 Overrun With Chickens

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    My chickens liked to dig for slugs. They like digging and scratching up stuff themselves. Don't worry about it. Chickens eat what their body needs. For 3 years I had a Silkie that wouldn't eat tomatoes until our new Ameraucana went for it and now she eats tomatoes 3 years later! Chickens are wary creatures and take time to adjust to a particular meal or food. After the slugs and snails were all pretty much eradicated by the hens they suddenly decided Earwigs were a good substitute and they never touched them before! Only one of our hens chases Japanese Beetles while the others ignore them. Who knows what makes chicken food tasty - a color, a texture, a taste, a smell, a shape ???
     
  2. Pretty Chickens

    Pretty Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They also love carrots. If you scrape it very thin they will pick on it like if they were worms
     
  3. Pretty Chickens

    Pretty Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens also like cilantro plants.
     
  4. Athena116699

    Athena116699 Out Of The Brooder

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    How old should the little ladies be when starting treats and toys...my babies are 1 week....SO EXCITED...but don't want to hurt them ....thanks for all the info!![​IMG]
     
  5. gardenfairy

    gardenfairy Out Of The Brooder

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    So many wonderful ideas!

    I've never seen a bored chicken - they always seem to be exceptionally busy with something, but mine most certainly love climbing / flying up onto their jungle gym, dusts baths, digging and anything involving food items. Sometimes we make them mini pancakes with blueberries and toss the pancakes in at random spots. The gals run all over the place trying to find them.

    The thing that really gets my gals excited are straw bales. Every now and then I drop a few new bales into their run, remove the strings and let them go to town. They climb all over them and scratch like crazy, looking for stray wheat/oat seeds and bugs. It doesn't take long before the bales are spread evenly over the run. It saves me having to do it and they have a great time of it!
     
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  6. Sylvester017

    Sylvester017 Overrun With Chickens

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    When I was researching safe vs toxic plants Cilantro and Parsley were no-no's. Anyone have any input since chickens will eat just about anything including toxic plants - i.e. tomato vines and leaves are no-no's but some will stupidly indulge anyway.
     
  7. Pretty Chickens

    Pretty Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I give them cilantro and they love. Here were I live you can buy it everywhere. Maybe it's not the same cilantro. I don't know but my chicken love it.[​IMG]
     
  8. yoyoyouya

    yoyoyouya Out Of The Brooder

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    You could get some dog harnesses and leashes put them on the chicken and take them for a walk in the park like a dog
     
  9. Mei&Popcorn

    Mei&Popcorn Chillin' With My Peeps


    Lol I actually tried that, and I could barely get the harness on- they HATED it!!
     
  10. Noobie farmer

    Noobie farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Stuff to climb on. And vary their feed. Give them lots of fresh goodies and bugs you can catch, etc.
     

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