chicken toys and treats

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Rooster#3, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. Rooster#3

    Rooster#3 Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    I was wondering what i could give,hang,feed to my chickens to keep them occoupied.could i put in dog toys or hang a bell?my winter coop isint verry big and it is about 2.5 feet tall. any comments are appreciated

  2. Britgal65

    Britgal65 In the Brooder

    Jun 17, 2009
    South Carolina
    I have hung a head of cabbage. Put a hole through the middle and push string through it, tie it off and hang it up. Keeps mine occupied for ages. I am about to try a cat treat ball with some meal worms in it. I figured this time of year they would like the extra protein. I also hide treats in flower pots etc in the run to give them something to look for.
  3. Shannon's Chix

    Shannon's Chix Songster

    Apr 30, 2009
    N.E. Florida
    I hung a bell made out of black oil sunflower seeds right beyond them so my 5 standard girls had to stretch/jump a bit. It was like 4 or 5 dollars and was gone in a couple hours! Tried suet feeders filled with veggies, they hate veggies and did not touch it.[​IMG]
    Hopefully others will have some good ideas...
  4. dntd

    dntd Songster

    Dec 4, 2009
    You can make your own bird bells made from seeds for under .50 a batch, the most costly thing about it is the gelitin. I make my own for my cockateils.
  5. MimiChick

    MimiChick Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    Glocester, RI
    I got one of those little open wire balls with a bell on the bottom, I think it's a hamster treat ball, and I fill it with spinach, cabbage or other green leafy veggies packed in tightly. I hung it just a bit over their heads so they would stretch a little to get it and it's been a big hit. Since I only have 4 girls it's just enough for them and they seem to really like it. It only cost a couple of dollars at the pet store so could get a few and hang them in different places if you wanted. Happy ChickieGirls [​IMG]
  6. brewmiss96

    brewmiss96 In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2008
    Redmond, OR
    I've done the tetherball cabbage thing before, I like the idea of the greens treat ball... has anyone tried putting treat holders up on roosts? Like they have to fly/climb to get it?
  7. Rooster#3

    Rooster#3 Songster

    Aug 21, 2009

  8. AZKat

    AZKat Songster

    Apr 7, 2009
    For what its worth, my birds go insane for cabbage. Since its so cheap at this time of year, I get one every time I go to the store and they demolish it in a day. They peck at it, and also grab pieces and run off and generally have a good time.
  9. RuffledFeathers

    RuffledFeathers In the Brooder

    Jan 30, 2009
    Issaquah, WA
    My flock will work on a pie pumpkin for hours- for these choosy girls, it has to be a PIE (sugar) pumpkin and not a regular old halloween pumpkin. I cut out a few chunks and sometimes throw some greens inside. They eat the flesh and also love the seeds. I guess I could try a squash next, as they like the higher sugar content, apparently. I agree with the cabbage- I feed cabbage every day along with a whole apple.
  10. faerielady

    faerielady Songster

    Sep 10, 2009
    Quote:I can't seem to find a recipe for the bird bells that contain gelatin.

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