Enrichment

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by iFairyx, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. iFairyx

    iFairyx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi guys,

    So our chickens moved into the new enclosure a few weeks ago, and I'm looking for ideas
    as to how I can enrich their lives [​IMG]

    This is a pic of part of their little area, lived in by my ex-batts and my new black rocks.
    (The shed/coop now has proper steps and a ramp for the chickens to get in and out)

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    The have outside perches but you cant see them in this piccy.

    Any ideas?

    thanks
    iFairy x
     
  2. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    Looks like paradise [​IMG] maybe a tennis court, swimming pool, private chef [​IMG]
     
  3. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Enrich their lives? That's chicken heaven right there! [​IMG]
     
  4. iFairyx

    iFairyx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] thanks

    They come from the battery so I wanted to make their lives really nice for them, I'm going to add a couple of sand pits at some point,
    one that I can the odd tub of mealworms into and things like that, and another for sand (and a sneaky bit of mite powder but shhh... don't tell the chickens) so the can just bath (and cover themselves in the
    powder [​IMG])

    I'm just lacking in ideas on how to improve it for them
     
  5. greenSearcher

    greenSearcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If all the open area I see is for the chickens, they have plenty of room for digging their own bathing pits, and they will, even if you provide a nice one. What might be a good idea is making/leaving items that can offer shade but more importantly somewhere to hide from overhead predators. I am thinking about making small lean tos, a couple feet or so high for the girls, that I would stake into the ground, otherwise our ever blowing wind will cause them to travel. Even a chair or table out in the yard will give them hiding places, plus verticle interest to hop up and down. My chickens are on top of the coops and shade frames through out the day. I think they like the change of view.
     

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