Do chickens play with toys?

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

  1. Sarahbethk

    Sarahbethk Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 14, 2010
    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

    Dec 6, 2010
    PDX area
    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]
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2011
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    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

    Mar 30, 2007
    Belleville, Kansas
    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

    Jan 4, 2011
    Northwest Florida
    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]
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2011
  7. newchickgal

    newchickgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 17, 2009
    Republic of Panama
    Quote:As soon as mine get a little older I'm going to try that!
  8. MrsPinkKitty

    MrsPinkKitty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2010
    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

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    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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