Chicken Toys without food

Discussion in 'DIY / Self Sufficiency' started by Sussexlover, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. Sussexlover

    Sussexlover Out Of The Brooder

    22
    2
    26
    Jun 28, 2015
    I have a chicken with an impacted crop. I have her in her own section of the coop, but I don't want her getting bored because she can't eat. Most of the toys I have for the hens involve food. Any ideas for a non-food toy? I know some like bells. Thanks!
     
  2. HeritageGoose13

    HeritageGoose13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,201
    105
    148
    Apr 24, 2015
    Maybe a tennis ball to peck at? She might try and sit on it if she's broody.

    If she is ill she probably will be trying to rest so I would not worry about toys much.
     
    1 person likes this.
  3. Sussexlover

    Sussexlover Out Of The Brooder

    22
    2
    26
    Jun 28, 2015
    Maybe I'll try a tenis ball. Conglomerate(the hen) is by no means resting. She's been trying to get out of her little fenced off area to be with her friends. She's not broody though so that's ok. She should be resting though. Thanks! :)
     
  4. itskels

    itskels Out Of The Brooder

    30
    2
    31
    Mar 24, 2015
    Take a box of screws/nails, make sure it's half empty so it rattles more, tape the top shut, and put it in her run. Not sure exactly why, but my hen loves playing with screw boxes and is so interested in the sound. We figured this one out when we she was "helping" with our coop building. Of course, I never leave her unsupervised with it.
     
    1 person likes this.
  5. Sussexlover

    Sussexlover Out Of The Brooder

    22
    2
    26
    Jun 28, 2015
    Thanks a ton! It's a great idea. My chicken has been so stressed out something to do should calm her down.
     
  6. ninjawesome

    ninjawesome Currently being awesome Premium Member

    501
    57
    121
    Jun 4, 2015
    Wild, Wild West
    I have a few parrots and they love the cause and affect of hitting the bell with their beak and getting the little "ding" out of it. I think most chickens would like it too. Some birds also love chew toys - like a couple branches tied onto a string.
     
  7. Sussexlover

    Sussexlover Out Of The Brooder

    22
    2
    26
    Jun 28, 2015
    I have a Sussex who is obsessed with bells. I should have thought of that. Thanks.
     
  8. Copper Creek

    Copper Creek Out Of The Brooder

    61
    3
    39
    Nov 10, 2015
    Mirrors are some of my chickens favorite toys.
     
  9. hnichols

    hnichols Out Of The Brooder

    i have chicken swings and roosting spots all around my chicken coops. i have logs in which they can jump up on.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by