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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickencoop789, Jan 20, 2014.
How can I make my boring yard more fun and exciting for my hens?
Make sure they have plenty of dirt to scratch around in, plants to eat, room to roam and bugs to chase. Can you make a mulch pile out of raked leaves? They'd love to dig and scratch in that for extra protein. I don't believe that chickens really need to be "entertained" as long as they can do all those things.
A mulch pile is a great idea. Chickens LOVE scratching in things and if you can mix something edible in there, even better. You can also toss a cabbage in there now and then for them to eat. What you can also do, for a bit of fun in the warmer months (for you and the chickens!), is leave one or two corrugated sink sheets flat on the ground in the run. I left it undisturbed for at least 3-4 weeks to give the crickets time to discover it... Every 4 weeks or so I called the chickens and flipped the sheets over. Enjoy!
Chickens are good at entertaining themselves (not always in ways you approve of! but if they are confined in a boring fun...well, they can get bored and possibly pick at each other. I've done the same things sumi talks about above, but I used concrete pieces instead if corrugated sheets. I call them 'renewable cricket farms'! Mowed grass, garden clippings and mulch all go into the run and there are slanted logs for them to climb on.
Hang a cabbage about 12"-16" off the ground