Bored babies??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LovinMyPeeps, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. LovinMyPeeps

    LovinMyPeeps Sees Wine Dots

    Mar 22, 2009
    Heuvelton, NY
    I've noticed lots of posts about using red lights in brooders, which I've done in mine. They don't really pick at each other, but is there a way to keep them from getting bored? I gave them a perch/roost which they use, but is there anything that could essentially be used as a "chick toy"??
     
  2. jonesgirl

    jonesgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm having the same problem.. How does the red light help though?
     
  3. LovinMyPeeps

    LovinMyPeeps Sees Wine Dots

    Mar 22, 2009
    Heuvelton, NY
    Was told it keeps them from being as agitated and also helps them from acknowledging blood. It allows them to rest better I guess. I just want to make sure they have something to pick at other than each other [​IMG]
     
  4. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Leaves, shredded paper, treats. I put a pinecone in my brooder yesterday and they're still playing with it.
     
  5. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Hmmmm, inquiring minds want to know...

    I never thought of putting any kind of chick toys in there for the babies. Is there anything that they would like to have to play with? Mine don't have a perch of any kind since they're in a rubber tote brooder. Should I put a box or something that they can hop up on?

    Good thread, thanks! [​IMG]
     
  6. jonesgirl

    jonesgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    INteresting.. I have noticed mine pick at one poor chick and she starts bleeding and they won't stop! I'm off for a red light... Maybe petsmart for a couple bird toys... I'm sure they have something fun!
     
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  7. LovinMyPeeps

    LovinMyPeeps Sees Wine Dots

    Mar 22, 2009
    Heuvelton, NY
    I think a pine cone is a fantastic idea!!! [​IMG] I'm also going to look around the yard for other natural things that are safe and they might enjoy.
     
  8. chookook

    chookook Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok everyone...this is hilarious to me. Watching three week old chicks fighting over my son's green army men..[​IMG]
     
  9. dotaken1

    dotaken1 New Egg

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    My chicks never play with anything! They're slackers!!!!!!

    They run and jump around like normal, but they don't like anything.

    I've tried pine cones, grapes, lettuce, yogurt, and milk. Not the slightest bit interested!!! They would rather peck the side of the brooder than mess with any of that.

    The only things they like are their chick food and oatmeal.
     
  10. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I posted with the same question last night and got the same responses. I put dried leaves in this morning and they watched one chick go after it with great curiousity and then joined in after they saw it was "safe". [​IMG] I also put a small box with dirt and grass for the to play and dig. They seem to like that as well.
     

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