Bored Chickens? Try this!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bluie, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. bluie

    bluie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2007
    My chickens have been so bored lately, with rain and snow keeping them "cooped" up. And it gets dark so early that many days there's no time to let them out of the run for a little while before dark. So yesterday, we bought 25 feeder goldfish, put them in 2 inches of water in a large sturdy food dish, and called over the chickens. We hand fed them a couple to make sure they got the idea, but they were busy and occupied for the rest of the day! They got 'em all!
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    I would be a little worried in freezing temps that the chickens would get all wet and freeze up over night. But gosh darn I bet ducks would have a blast.
  3. ChickenDreamer

    ChickenDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2008
    Northern Ontario
    That priceless! Chicken TV for sure!
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA is fun to watch...i did this this summer with my ducks in their kiddie pool....never thought to try it with my chickens...
  5. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    I think I'll try it when the warm weather comes back around!
  6. bluie

    bluie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2007
    We are having a bit of a warm spell. (It was in the sixties today!) I agree it doesn't sound like a good idea when its going to freeze overnight.
  7. When the chicks used to get bored ( I had a lot less then) we would go to wally world and buy a couple boxes of bait worms.

    We had a blast wathcing the chickies chasing each other with worms in their beaks. It was such a good time for the chickens that we did it often. Now of course I think there may be dravisty if I would try it now with over 100 chickies
  8. sussexgal

    sussexgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Awesome idea! I was still mulling over the cricket idea from another thread.... the girls are going to be so excited!
  9. sunnydee

    sunnydee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2008
    Chickens will eat goldfish? Wow...I wouldn't of EVER thought of that. I got my girls some mealworms not too long ago....problem was...neither my daughter nor I would touch them to give to the girls! ARGH..I just hate bugs!

    I have been thinking of getting them some crickets......I can just dump them in their run and won't have to pick them out.
  10. dftkarin

    dftkarin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Did you feel bad for the goldfish? As a sometimes-aquarium hobbyist, I don't think I could do that to goldfish (although I manage feeding them mealworms without too much guilt). I am looking for ways to entertain my 4 hens though!

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