Chicks are bored!


In the Brooder
5 Years
Mar 24, 2014
Oceanside, California
Hello. We are new to raising chickens but have a pretty sweet little setup for our 3 Buff Orpingtons. They seem fairly happy as they are chirping, eating, sleeping and pooping! My big question though, is...they seem bored!! What is a safe little something we can put in their brooder to give them some interest? A ball of aluminum foil? A lettuce leaf? Suggestions please! (Thanks)


7 Years
Jun 29, 2012
A nice shiny CD or DVD (one you don't intend to use again, of course), or a mirror will give them something to think about. Treats are good if they have grit to help them break it down. I also use terra cotta flower pots in various positions around the brooder. They love sleeping inside of the one that lays on its side under the heat lamp.

Mostly, very young chicks are only interested in eating and sleeping, but as they get older they'll gradually gain interest in exploring their surroundings. Usually by then my chicks are in the outdoor coop and have access to the wide, interesting outdoors.
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