Do chickens play with toys?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sarahbethk, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. Sarahbethk

    Sarahbethk Out Of The Brooder

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    It's really strange for me to have an animal who doesn't really seem to 'play.' Every pet I have ever owned did some sort of play. Horses, goats, dogs, cats, parakeets.... etc.. So, do you consider chickens 'playful'?
     
  2. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh yes!

    Playful indeed!

    Tie a head of cabbage or lettuce up and hang it where the chickens can peck at it. They go crazy! [​IMG]
     
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  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Maybe not as much as a dog or cat, but yes, they will play. I've read of several instances on here. Bird toys, mirrors, short roosts, platforms to hop onto, hanging foods like suet or a head of cabbage, come to mind. A lone chick will cuddle up to a small stuffed animal. They will peck at most anything out of curiosity.
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    And some of the dashing, chasing, running around after each other is NOT merely pecking order issues, but actual playfulness with a buddy.
     
  5. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With my first two ladies in town, I had one of those dog ball thingies that expel treats. It was before the KONG ideas, but I would fill it full of B.O.S.S. and they learned to kick it around to get the sunflowere seeds out.

    They had a great time with it,and it was huge for them! Took two weeks to figure it out but then heaven forbid if I didnt fill it regular like, then I was a bad momma!
     
  6. nwfl

    nwfl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My birds have a thing for food items not really toys. If you grow your own sunflowers and bottle necked gourds you can tie those up to make them workout. I have a dogberry bush in my layer pen that is entertaining and yaupons growing wild everywhere that produce lots of delicious high jumping rewards.[​IMG]
     
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  7. newchickgal

    newchickgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:As soon as mine get a little older I'm going to try that!
     
  8. MrsPinkKitty

    MrsPinkKitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine look like they play tag.... [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    My chicks played foot ball with a piece of scrambled egg. It was hilarious and went on till the eggs were gone. [​IMG]
     
  10. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

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    When they are still babies, a low perch in the brooder seems to be fun for them. Also an empty toilet paper roll is interesting for them too.
     

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