Discovered! The Ultimate chicken toy!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by azygous, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    It is a freezer-weight plastic storage bag filled with raisins and peanuts. I toss a bag, sealed, into the pen in the morning. They all pounce on it because they recognize the raisins and peanuts inside and they claw and they scratch at the bag until, several hours later, they succeed in making a tear in the bag.
    Sometimes the tear is only large enough to permit them to extract a singe raisin at a time, and sometimes they bust it wide open and take all the contents at once. But as a rule, the bag lasts long enough to provide hours of entertainment from the top of the pecking order, until hours later, the lowest ranked are working on the bag, often with just one raisin left in it.

    It's cheap, simple, and keeps the troops occupied on those days when weather confines them to their pen. It sure beats them pecking on each other!
     
  2. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Now that's a really cool idea, makes sense, simple to make, easy on the birds. I like it thank's for sharing it. I imagine it can also work with whatever treats your birds are commonly fed, as all they need to do is recognize what's inside. Coooool beanssss.

    AL
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Thanks! I got the idea after they'd snatch the bag of treats out of my pocket or hand without waiting for me to hand them out. One little Black Cochin would usually be the one to pilfer the bag, then she'd run off with all the others in hot pursuit, after which they'd all attack the bag.

    When I saw that it was literally out of my hands, a light bulb went off! The best ideas usually discover themselves!
     
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    I can imagine how much fun it would be if one day I happened to put the treats in a heavy duty freezer bag [​IMG]

    AL
     
  5. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    You know, it's hard to decide whether they're getting more entertainment from the bag of goodies or I'm having more fun watching them!

    Chickens - who needs TV?
     
  6. LOST Chick Heather

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    They don't eat any of the plastic do they?[​IMG]
     
  7. domino7

    domino7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This seems a little risky to me.
     
  8. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    They will be more concerned with what's in the pkg rather than eating the pkg. Don't freak out and read too much into this, I think it's a great and novel idea that seems perfectly safe.

    AL
     
  9. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Believe me. Once the goodies are finished off, they completely lose interest in the plastic bag. I've never observed a chicken standing there eating the plastic bag, and after weeks of this sport, I've not lost a single chicken.

    Also, make sure you use FREEZER - weight plastic. It's much sturdier than regular storage bags, and resists shredding.
     
  10. krazeepolack

    krazeepolack Chillin' With My Peeps

    What type peanuts are you using? [​IMG] This sounds like a fun/interesting way to keep them entertained for a while?Maybe ME, too? [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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