Anyone give their chickens toys for enrichment?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bulldog-girl, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. bulldog-girl

    bulldog-girl Songster

    May 16, 2008
    Estacada, OR
    I just got my first two adult chickens. right now they share a large chickens house with plenty of roosts and a 60 square foot run. I was wondering if they would enjoy things to play with? Anyone give their chickens toys and if so what?[​IMG]
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I've heard of some people using parrot toys. Others hang food from the coop or run's top to get the chickens to jump and peck at it. Think heads of cabbage, grape clusters, etc.

    I'm thinking of doing the latter for my girls in their run. They're in there 11 hrs/day when I'm at work. There's not much to peck/scratch at or even climb on.
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I use some parrot toys and also some Seed Sticks for cockatiels. They like them. I also give them those cheap cat jungle gyms to play on. they love laying on the chicken, i mean cat hamoke. [​IMG]
  4. SharonAbb

    SharonAbb Hatching

    Jul 13, 2008
    Hi ChickenZoo Don't the jungle gyms get poop all over them? Thanks!
  5. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Quote:Yeah ,but it's made of that slick fabric so it rinses off real easy and most of the poo heats up, hardens and falls off. LOL My silkies love laying eggs in the inside tunnel, they fit about 4 or 5 depending on how determined the silkie. I took them out one time to clean it and they went nutts! I've never seen them so mad![​IMG]
  6. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    That is so funny [​IMG]. I would have never thought of that. I'm trying to figure out what I can give them myself. I want them to be busy doing something so they don't peck at each other. They didn't like the hanging food thing. They would just wait until I gave up and cut it down for them and then went crazy.

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