Bored chickens

Bizzy

In the Brooder
11 Years
Sep 29, 2008
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I've read a lot about putting different kinds of fruit, leaves, grass, etc. into the run so that the chickens have things to poke thru. Has anyone done anything with their pens to give them non-food related things to do? (I've run out of grass clippings & branches, & mine are VERY picky about what they'll eat.) You know, things like ramps, ladders, tunnels, etc. The guy at the hatchery thought I was nuts to even ask.
 

Wynette

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Sep 25, 2007
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My DH and I built several "chicken trees" from old, dead trees:

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The chooks seem to enjoy hopping around on them, flying up & down, etc. I also have several large plastic bins - automotive parts bins - that I lean up against the posts and move around every few days. Even 5-gallon buckets moved around for them to hop up & down from is interesting to them. I took an old, plastic garbage can that had a big hole in the bottom and sawed in in half, lengthwise, to make a "tunnel" of sorts - they like that, too, but tend to lay eggs under it once in awhile.

Good luck!
 

emys

Songster
11 Years
Nov 19, 2008
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Idaho
A simple platform and ramp moved around the run can offer a new views and some amusement.

Make your ramp wide if you have Silkies! (Silkies don't fly and mine have always seemed hesitant to climb or go out on anything narrow. I've even thought about adding a guard rail for them!)
 

tdgill

Crowing
11 Years
Jan 28, 2009
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i am using a swing as support for my hawk netting, seems chickens like to swing like parakeets...

the first time I told DBF that I was going to mom's to bring back a couple bags of leaves, he said "bring BACK?" hahaha. chickens love scratching thru stuff! I also turn shovelfuls of dirt over for them and will throw a bit of scratch in the leaves and in the fresh turned dirt (if its low on yummies like grubs and worms)
 

Lollipop

Songster
10 Years
Feb 12, 2009
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Pike Co., GA & Palm Beach Co., FL
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While there are certainly many people that feed grass clippings, there are also several documented cases of long grass strands clogging crops and causing big problems. For this reason, I have never fed gras clippings.........Pop
 

Happy Chooks

Free Ranging
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Jul 9, 2009
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A pile of weeds, corn or cabbage tied so it is hanging, watermelon.

Someone mentioned putting hay in their run so they can have fun tearing it apart.
 

Sooner

My kids Mom!
10 Years
Mar 22, 2009
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Oklahoma
I have different roost in the pen and also hang heads of cabage so they have something to peck at. I like the old tree idea but how do you keep it standing upright??

**going to look at pic again.
 

fasbendera

Songster
10 Years
Jan 30, 2009
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Midwest
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My project for this fall or next spring. A chicken swing. I have an old wooden step ladder I put in the pen and then take out for a while to keep it interesting. I like the leaves idea with scratch thrown in. They love the hunt. My hanging feeder is full but they love it if I throw out a scoop of chick feed.
 

Destinee's Dozen

In the Brooder
10 Years
Aug 28, 2009
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Bell, Florida
My DH hung one of his deer feeders in the run for them. (
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Gave him an excuse to buy a new one!) It scatters chick grower to them twice a day. They love scratching around for it!
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