Cicken Playground/Toy Ideas???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickencoop789, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. chickencoop789

    chickencoop789 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2012
    New Jersey
    I think my chickens are bored with just walking around on bare dirt. Is there anything to build/make to keep them busy? Things to climb on, jump on, hide under, scratch around in, play with??? Pics would be appreciated.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Your list is a good one, just as it is. Many people add a roost or two and maybe a couple of concrete blocks to jump up on. A deust bath of sand and some wood ash would be good. They like things at different heights. A food toy such as a hanging head of cabbage or flock block is usually popular.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2014
  3. MoonShadows

    MoonShadows The Jam Man

    Jan 23, 2013
    Pocono Mtns
    My Coop
    Some cut logs at different lengths set on end give them something to hop up on.

    Instead of a level roost made out of a piece of lumber, you can try to find a tree limb that twists and turns and use that as a roost/climbing gym.

    I like the head of cabbage that flockwatcher mentioned. Just hang it in the run just above their heads so they have to work at pecking it. They'll play with it for hours.

    If you use wood chips in your coop, throw a handful or two or three of black sunflower seeds in on a rainy day. They will spend the afternoon scratching through the chips to find and eat them.

    You might also want to consider building a salad bar in a section of your run. Build a frame out of 2 x 4's, cover it with hardware cloth, plant grasses under it. The chickens can pick at the grass as it begins to grow through the hardware cloth, but they can't destroy the roots.

    Spend time with them, even if it's to sit in a chair outside the run. They love having you around.


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