Bored Chickens? question...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by carolinasculpture, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. carolinasculpture

    carolinasculpture Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! I have read quite a bit about hanging a head of cabbage to ward off boredom. Now I am pretty new to this chicken business, but I am wondering (seriously):
    1 - What are the signs of a bored chicken?
    2 - Are there any other tried and true "chicken simulators"?
    3 - What do chickens do for fun?

    I am going to be out of town for a week and was wondering if there were other tricks I could leave with the "chicken sitters". Currently, to my untrained eye, they don't look bored...but I don't want to come home to find that in their boredom they have picked up playing poker (just kiddin) or some other nasty habit (plucking). I have 1 EE, 1 BR, 1 Black Australorp, 2 RIR and 2 Leghorns. They are about 3 months old. Currently they are in a 16'x7'covered run with 7'x4'coop until the permanent coop/run is set finished...hopefully SOON!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Why and Dotte

    Why and Dotte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bullying (for no reason) is a sign of boredom, you can hang a bundle of alfalfa hardly out of reach and hide yummy treats if your worried, I'm not with my birds 24/7 so I wouldn't be.
     
  3. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Quote:They make us conscientious, caring, loving chickenslaves to think that they are bored.
     
  4. crittersitter

    crittersitter Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:They make us conscientious, caring, loving chickenslaves to think that they are bored.

    Don't forget - hens that go out in the woods and randomly start singing the egg song just to make you beat the bushes looking for hidden nests. [​IMG]
     
  6. carolinasculpture

    carolinasculpture Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! Thank you all! The link was great, too! I think they will be just fine. I'll put in a fresh deep layer of grass, and a rotting log or two. Along with the hanging cabbage, they won't even know I'm gone!
     

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