Do my pullets need a flock block to prevent boredom?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by thecreekhouse, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. thecreekhouse

    thecreekhouse Songster

    Feb 26, 2015
    East Tennessee
    I have 6 pullets between 4-8 months old - 3 Amaracaunas, a Cochin, a Silkie and an Olive Egger. They have crumbles available at all times and then once a day they get about a quart of a treat mix I make up with black sunflower seeds, cracked corn and mealworms. They are in a chicken tractor so they also have pretty good access to fresh grass.

    My question is, do they need a flock block to prevent boredom? They don’t get to freerange so I wonder if a flock block would be helpful in preventing boredom. I’m not very handy in the kitchen so I would buy a commercial flock block as opposed to baking something for them.

    Your thoughts?
  2. No, they do not need a flock block. The crumbles and treats you are providing them are enough.
  3. If you are not seeing signs of boredom like feather picking, bullying, egg eating or picking on each other, then no, what you are alredy doing is working just fine.
  4. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    My Coop
    An actual quart of treats a day? That's way too much for 6 birds.

    I have 7, they get about 2 Tbsp of treats a day...
  5. Timothy Menezes

    Timothy Menezes Songster

    Nov 27, 2017
    Monterey, California
    Lol when I saw those flock blocks I thought I would never buy one. And no, they don't "need" it. But I figured, heck, its winter time and their activity is reduced so why not give it a shot. There isn't a whole lot left of it, and they seemed to enjoy picking at it so it wasn't a waste. Maybe a tad expensive for the amount of feed that's in it, but I certainly didn't have time to try and figure out how to make one.
  6. HeyHo

    HeyHo Songster

    May 17, 2018
    I actually love the little red cage for flock blocks at TSC. I stuff a bunch of leftover greens and wilted lettuce and cucumber peels into it and hang it for the girls to work at on rainy days when they don't get recess. Every last bit is gone from the pinata when I get home from from work. I have the seed blocks themselves but haven't used one yet -- figure I'll save them for a blizzard or something.

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