Bored chickens ?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mebuff daisy, Nov 8, 2014.

  1. mebuff daisy

    mebuff daisy Chirping

    Jan 24, 2014
    My flock has a pecking problems, I know why they peck - boredom, Does anyone have any boredom busters ?
  2. mebuff daisy

    mebuff daisy Chirping

    Jan 24, 2014
    Anyone ?
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Consider adding additional run space in the spring...

    Branches, stumps, old wooden ladders, almost anything for them to hop up on or run around are good things to have in the run. Hang a cabbage head in the run (I use a bent up coat hanger so spear/hang the cabbage).

    In the coop, add roosts if you have pecking issues.

    And of course make sure they have plenty of high protein feed available all of the time....
  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    What does your run look like? So many runs on here are just an open space. Add some pallets, leaned up against a wall, set up of blocks so that birds can get under or on top of, it will make your run more cluttered, but it gives both hideouts, and actually increases your square footage available. Birds can get away from each other. Add some roosts in the run. Mine tend to sit on them during the early morning or late afternoon and sun themselves. Jumping up on these, flying up to roost also makes your birds more athletic, and exercise is good for them.

    I know you said there is enough space, but if these ideas don't help, it may very be that they are too crowded in the late fall going into winter, birds are closer together due to the short days, and weather. Often times what was enough space in the summer is not enough space in the winter.

    Mrs K
  5. mebuff daisy

    mebuff daisy Chirping

    Jan 24, 2014
    Thank to all who posted [​IMG] Is there such a thing as a chicken toy ? that I could make ?
  6. mebuff daisy

    mebuff daisy Chirping

    Jan 24, 2014
    Anyone ?
  7. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
  8. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
    A dust bath is also something that will help with boredom. It will be beneficial for them too.
    And if you can provide them, grass and veggies will be good for them too.

    Hope this helps. [​IMG]
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Is it boredom??.....or too little space?..... too little animal protein?....too many roosters?.......improper integration?......other stressors?
    Those are the first things to address.

    They also peck because that's how they communicate..... what kind of pecking are you talking about?.... a peckpeck here and a peckpeck there?.....or an all out pin 'em down and peck until they bleed pecking?
  10. IttyBiddyRedHen

    IttyBiddyRedHen Songster

    Jul 30, 2011
    East coast
    We had some limbs fall last weekend, due to the early snowstorm. They still had their leaves. I was looking at the big one in the driveway. I was able to drag it back to the run myself. The flock loves it. They are eating the leaves, hopping up on the branches, hiding under the leaves. I just look around for things they might enjoy!

    An old rotted hunk of wood full of grubs

    Grass trimmings

    Head of cabbage..I just toss it in and they roll it around eating it

    Egg shells to peck at

    Garden trimmings

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