"Entertainment" for 4 week old chicks in brooder...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rachelpotter, Oct 12, 2014.

  1. rachelpotter

    rachelpotter Chirping

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    So i'm trying to come up with some ideas to help break up the boredom of the brooder until the coop is done. Any ideas for 4 week old chicks? We take them outside at least once a day for supervised "play" time, but was trying to come up with something for the brooders themselves. I have 2 right now.. adding a 3rd today to allow more room... 5-6 birds per brooder.


    TIA!


    Rachel
     
  2. nayeli

    nayeli Songster

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    If you can add a perch they would appreciate it. We just have a feeder in there with wood on the top and they fight over who is "king of the hill".
     
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  3. SouthHouse

    SouthHouse In the Brooder

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    A roost is a good idea. Do you have shavings on the floor of the coop? Scattering some of their feed over that will encourage scratching behavior and will keep them busy for hours. Add a few small mealworms for them to find and they'll be happy chicks.
     
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  4. HighStreetCoop

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    Release live crickets. Give them a pile of sprouts. Make a dust bath station for them. Fill a plastic cat ball with greens they can peck and chase.
     
  5. rachelpotter

    rachelpotter Chirping

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    Really great ideas! I have been digging chunks of sod for them every couple of days to peck at...
     
  6. HighStreetCoop

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    I've been keeping a list of ideas as I come across them. Mirrors seem big, too. Basically anything they can eat, scratch up, chase, etc.
     

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