Favorite ways to keep keets entertained?

appleacres

Chirping
Feb 9, 2021
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Hello!

I just received my first batch of 16 keets--so far very healthy and friendly!
However, I can tell they are already starting to look at the top of the brooder like...what's next?? and running all around.
Right now they're in a tote, I will be moving them into a larger plywood brooder after they acclimate post-shipment for about a week, but besides giving them more space and something to jump up on, what are some ways of challenging or entertaining them while they are stuck indoors getting their feathers? Would love to hear people's favorite stories, toys, etc.

Thanks!
 

JaeG

Crossing the Road
7 Years
Sep 29, 2014
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We gave our chicken chicks and turkey poults grass seed heads. Best toy ever! They went nuts for them and my daughter thought it was hilarious that the chicken chicks would hang onto them even when lifted (a little ways) into the air.

A clump of dirt and grass is another great enrichment activity.
 

MrsTush

Songster
Jun 10, 2020
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I put very low roosts when they went from brooder box to a makeshift baby coop. It was a large dog crate with chicken wire around it. I stuck dowel rods through it for them. It was so cute to see these tiny keets hop up there.
 

Sydney65

Crowing
Aug 2, 2019
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I use a large clear tote when brooding, w/center of lid cut out and replacing with hardcloth. I drilled a couple of holes in side of tote that has a wooden bird cage perch screwed into it (2 holes so it can graduate up). Hanging from the wire up top is a bird cage toy w/a bell at bottom. Once they get over being leary, they first start taking turns ringing the bell, then pecking at the (grapevine?) ball & wood.
I have 1 mirror from an old tri-mirror medicine cabinet that I set sideways behind the tote. So far keets have never suffered from boredom. Aside from the mirror, I replace everything each time, bc when the keets move to the coop, I cut a hole in lower side of tote as an entry way and the brooder goes with them to the coop. That way they have an escape route from older flock.
 

wkyongae

In the Brooder
Dec 9, 2019
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We like to use hay for bedding, gives them something to peck and scratch around at. Then, when they are a week old we add a perch that's about a foot tall. If they make it up, they've achieved something, if not, well they just go lay down with the others that can't make it on to the perch.
 

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