For all of the urban chicken keepers or people who don't have huge yards, here is a great idea I just kind of put together before. Since there are a ton of leaves on the ground, I figured I might as well throw some into the coop. Other members have already done so as well, and it seems logical, so i did. They loved it...so then I thought about something. My birds don't get out a whole lot...probably an hour or two every other day, so I try to give them as many opportunities as possible. I realized that by throwing leaves in, and then sprinkling seeds, oats, and other little treats into the heap of leaves in the run, it creates a forage to keep the birds sharp and entertain them! They loved it. They kicked the leaves out of the way and ate up all the little snacks they could find. This went on for hours, and I only threw in one handful of oats and a handful of scratch seed. Since then, I've had my father toss in a handful of oats in the morning and afternoon. Sometimes when he comes home for lunch, he sees that the chickens are still digging around. I'm really pleased with this, and I feel like it has given my birds a chance to feel like they are free ranging more without actually being out!