Chicken Toys

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nuts4hotwheels, May 23, 2010.

  1. nuts4hotwheels

    nuts4hotwheels Songster

    May 8, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    This may sound funny but... What can I do to entertain my chickens? Do they enjoy playing with anything? Would they enjoy a something to perch on outside in there run like a post or large rock?
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Hang a cabbage in their run.. they'll go nuts..
  3. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Mostly chickens like food. Cabbages work well. For a few or small chickens suet blocks for birds put in a suet cage will entertain them. Larger chickens will destroy that in minutes. Some feed stores have flock blocks which are seeds stuck together in a big square. That lasts my free ranging chickens several months. A few people make their own larger suet or healthier versions of the flock block. Various types of scratch or sunflower seeds can be thrown on the floor. Piles of weeds from the garden also entertain them.

    In the brooder a few edible flowers and sticks can really entertain chicks. Here's some of mine with a cholla cactus branch and a nasturtium flower

    I had one batch that were feather picking like crazy until I just threw a stick in there. They were too busy pecking at and walking on the stick that they forgot about picking for several days and never took it up again.
    Last edited: May 23, 2010
  4. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Songster

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    In addition to food/treats to keep them busy you should try some thick branches to roost on, a tree stump or anything else to jump on, perch on. I let mine 'take apart' a bale of straw during winter so they would be busy scratching and not get too bored while they refused to go out (can you tell - they don't like snow). The occasional cup full of mealworm scattered in the run is also popular when they can not/ will not go in the yard, sometimes just some veggie scraps or dandelions I pulled. And a spot for dustbaths. Either just a corner with dirt or a container (like a litterbox or lid of a trash can etc) filled with dirt/sand.

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