chicken toys ??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickengirlnm, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. chickengirlnm

    chickengirlnm Songster

    Sep 4, 2007
    clovis, new mexico
    I know this is a silly question but when I was at wal-mart buying the dogs weekly toys ( they kill stuffed animals often and need new ones LOL ) I was wondering if there were such things as toys for chickens ? I dont expect them to play fetch or anything but is there something I can put in the yard for them to entertain them I dont want bored chickens.
  2. What about a toy farmer with an axe, they can stomp on him!!!
    No only kidding, they like to chase mice so perhaps a cat toy!
  3. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    We put an old oak tree stump filled with bugs, grubs and other creepy crawlies in their run a couple of days ago. They are having so much fun with it. They play "Queen of the Mountain" - taking turns on top (2 or 3 at once). We have a covered run so they can't fly out with the added height of the stump. They also are eating all the bugs that peek their little heads out of the stump. [​IMG]
  4. JenniferJoIN

    JenniferJoIN Songster

    Sep 10, 2007
    Southern Indiana
    I read somewhere that you can use plastic easter eggs and fill them with feed and poke holes in them. They'll be rolling the eggs around to get the feed out. I got mine a couple of pet-bird toys but they don't seem to interested in them yet!
  5. pricem11

    pricem11 Songster

    Aug 14, 2007
    Pittsboro, NC
    Chicken tetherball: cabbage on a string tied to a pole. Entertainment for hours.

  6. chickengirlnm

    chickengirlnm Songster

    Sep 4, 2007
    clovis, new mexico
    I never thought about anything with bugs in it - that will be my hubby's job to gather bugs as I am totally not into touching anything with more legs than my dog LOL ( gross gross gross )
    I will try maybe an easter egg filled with treats I know mine go crazy over chesse (shredded ) maybe I can get them to "play" with it?
  7. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    My girls live in a 5 x 12 run, and it is hard to think up things to keep them occupied. I would let them free-range if I weren't worried about some loose dogs in the neighborhood. Anyway, each morning before work, I dig up a huge clump of tall grass (our yard is left "natural", it's not a lawn), and plunk it in the run. The girls love to scratch at it, eat the grass stalks and hunt for escaping bugs.

    By the time I come home from work, it's just a dried up pile of roots, so they must go at it all day long.
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Obelisk likes stretchy lizards. She can whack that on the floor for hours.
    She and Penny both like shredding newspaper.
    I've tried birds toys also and they're not interested. But they did like the parakeet shred a boxes.
    They weren't keen on the 8-in-1 Bird burrito. [​IMG] so my outside birds will get that.
    They also like millet sprays. Obelisk knows that word quite well.
  9. chickengirlnm

    chickengirlnm Songster

    Sep 4, 2007
    clovis, new mexico
    you all are full of great ideas !!! i think this weekend when i go shopping for the house i will have to pick up at least one head of cabbage and some millet spray- thank you all i know my girls are going to love all these great "toys" of course my hubby thinks i have totally lost it wanting to give chickens toys LOL hmm you never know i might market my own brand of pet toys for chickens !!!!
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  10. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    They make cricket 'tubes' that are plastic and if you line the holes up then the crickets can get out one at a time. Our girls love to play with that. They anxiously await each cricket to see who can grab it first. Only my favorite girl has figured out about the hole. The others think it's magic [​IMG]

    Cool part of this 'toy' is that it's refillable from the local bait shop!
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2007

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