Do baby chicks need toys?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gitlost80, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. gitlost80

    gitlost80 Trigger Pullet

    Mar 27, 2009
    I know this may sound like a goofy question, but my 4 day old chicks spend most of their time knocking over their thermometer,pecking it, and climbing all over it. Is there anything I can put in their pen for them to play with? There is 6 of them in their 4x2x2 horse trough...[​IMG][​IMG]
  2. aimeeinwv

    aimeeinwv Chillin' With My Peeps

    They'll "play" with anything you put in there - but no, toys aren't needed. They are only practicing foraging techniques. I put a flat plate with some chick crumbles for them to peck, scratch and forage at.. they're little busy bodies aren't they!
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    No !!!!
  4. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    In a week or so, you can give them a piece of a tree branch. They will jump on it and roost. Are they having "fun"? I hesitate to call it that. Also: I am guilty of rolling my eyes at the call for *enrichment activities* for chickens. Baby Einstein, anyone? [​IMG]

    However, in a couple weeks, you can start giving them small amount of other foods. YOU will have fun watching them go wild over a piece of nodle or a couple peas! [​IMG]
  5. redrocketrooster

    redrocketrooster Allons-y

    Feb 8, 2010
    Chandler, AZ
    CRICKETS. Yes indeed. A great treat and oh so dang fun. I let 9 loose in their little brooder and for an entire day they had a blast.
  6. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh that would be fun to watch them chase crickets! Maybe good training too for later? Get out there and eat those bugs! Terri O in WI
    (PS) Really though...why dont you give them a parakeet toy to roll around. Or maybe one of those plastic cat balls with the bell inside? I bet they would have "fun" with that.
  7. KingSpeck

    KingSpeck Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 10, 2009
    My sons loved catching rolypoly bugs and other critters in the back yard for them to chase around. We also put sticks and rocks in with them to hop on and off of.
  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    And when you finish a toilet paper roll, put the empty cardboard tube in the brooder with them. It's fun to watch them investigate that! (I had one fall asleep across it after "playing" with it for some time.)

    I know it was more for ME and my amusement, but that's about the most "toy for enrichment" I can justify trying.
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  9. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    People may laugh at me but YES. When raised with mom - chicks are never bored - she is always doing something with them - moving, eating, scratching, playing, sleeping. Stuck in a box with no enrichment is boring!

    I give them a stuff animal, cat toy they can roll and peck at, starting at 3 - 4 days old - I give them a little tub of sand (I do not worry if it is "clean" I just scoop sand from outside), once they have sand I start giving them tiny bits of hay (I cut small sizes at first), bits of grass or weeds you want them to eat, a feather duster hung from the side of the box (LOVE this one!), frozen veggies - run under hot water until thawed, bugs (raising mealworms for mine).

    I do not feed medicated food, and have not had ill chicks - no pasty butt or cocci yet.
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  10. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    This is a great topic. Thanks....[​IMG] ......I got babies hatching in a few days. Lots of great ideas!

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