Chicken entertainment?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by johnnalei, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. johnnalei

    johnnalei Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had to keep my chickens in their coop/run for the past couple months (so no free ranging) and will need to keep them in the coop for a few more months. One of my chickens gets VERY loud and only quiets down if she gets some sort of treat. It wouldn't be a problem except for the fact I have lots of close neighbors. Does anyone have tips on things that would entertain chickens? I've seen the thing where you hang cabbage, and I will try that. Anyone do anything else? Thanks for the tips!
     
  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    throw a bale of hay in the run. they love picking through it and it helps keep down the mud
     
  3. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have close neighbors too, so I am attentive to noise issues with the chickens.

    Sorry, I do the treats thing. But to make them last a long time, I throw a few hand fulls of black oil sunflower seed into the wood shavings in the coop. They spend hours sifting and scratching through it to find them. I also give them a pumpkin or head of cauliflower or brocoli and they spend the day picking them apart.

    When I had more hens than my coop/run could comfortably accommodate in the run, they were a bit noisier. Once there were less chickens and there was more space per hen, they were also a little quieter.
     
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  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    Quote:even a bale of straw keeps them busy for days and days on end, then throw some scratch on top . . .
    I don't even break it open
     
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  5. ChookHappy

    ChookHappy Dances with Chickens

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    Quote:I was wondering if you gave it to them whole or if it was broken up with a food processor a bit or something?
     
  6. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    I throw my BOSS in whole. They LOVE them... like chicken candy.

    Good healthy treat for them in moderation lol I use it as a bribe when I have to put them to bed early. They will dig to china looking for those silly seeds!
     
  7. ChookHappy

    ChookHappy Dances with Chickens

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    I held out a handfull of it today for their first time and all but of course my barred rocks looked at me like I was a nut lol.
     
  8. johnnalei

    johnnalei Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm, I think the bale of hay idea will work quite well. Thanks for the ideas!
     
  9. johnnalei

    johnnalei Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, and what is BOSS?
     
  10. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Would like to know to. [​IMG]
     

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