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Boredom Busters for winter time?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by shelbyw, Dec 11, 2016.

  1. shelbyw

    shelbyw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like some ideas of boredom busters for winter:) I have read many things and I have even tried a couple of them like freezing treats, but do you guys have any ideas for winter boredom busters? I am also going to ask if it is better to buy a chicken swing or make one. I have a lot of wood and also an old kid swing.
     
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A bale of hay will satisfy the need to scratch and will provide added greens and nutrients to the diet.
     
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  3. mama bird 9604

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    I went to our local Dollar Tree and I found red green gold and silver bells, I proceeded to tie them together on twine. Take a length of rope tie a knot at the bottom then take two Bells all the way to the knot then an inch or two above those bells tie another knot then place twould more bells on, then repeat until it's the length you want.
     
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  4. shelbyw

    shelbyw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe I shall do that and hang a couple of sets for my chickens:) I have never thought of bells before
     
  5. shelbyw

    shelbyw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chickens absolutely love hay! My bsl actually knocks it out of one of the nesting boxes. Hahaha
     
  6. PingoBags

    PingoBags Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put a gallon milk jug in my run and hung it off the ground. Drilled a few small holes in the bottom and filled it with scratch from the top..
    Keeps them busy all day. I tried tricking them and filled it with normal feed, they realized 30min later that it wasn't worth the effort.

    I've also hung those bird seed bells in the past, they work well too. They are light enough that the chickens need to work really hard for a reward.
     
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  7. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm... tieing bells? Boredom buster For owners or birds?
     
  8. KrisCVT

    KrisCVT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Flock Block, suet baskets stuffed with veggies, hang a Farmers Helper "HotCake", pumpkin cut open...I also got a "Hentastic Treat stick" from Jeffers as a freebie that I am going to try. If you plan ahead, plant some forage seed in some planters.....I had 2 and just gave them to the birds during the snowy days. Didn't last long but they seemed excited about the bit of greens. Also, being a crazy person, I bagged up clean, dry leaves from the fall....I dump a pile at one end of the run during REALLY boring days for them to kick around in. If you have room, put some big, rotting logs in the run too...they will spend a lot of time picking at them.

    My indoor chicken LOVES her treat ball....keeps her quite occupied as long as I fill it daily.
     
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  9. shelbyw

    shelbyw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We do have a lot of leaves. Maybe I can put them in there :) I do have a big log on there that they stand on and get on top of, but I can fit another one in there.
     
  10. pnwoldie

    pnwoldie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Turn that big log over once in a while, it will have all kinds of bugs and worms under it.
     
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