Jolyn

Songster
11 Years
Apr 5, 2008
1,246
3
179
Northern California
My hens are not free range. I would love for them to be but due to predators i can't. I think they get bored sometimes even though i give them snacks daily and i put out oyster shell.

I thought i saw on here somewhere that there is a way to hang something up that they can peck at.....to keep them from pecking each other and to entertain them.

Does anyone have any ideas regarding this?

Thanks for any info,
Jodie
 

JennsPeeps

Rhymes with 'henn'
11 Years
Jun 14, 2008
6,583
26
261
South Puget Sound
You can hang anything that they can peck at. I've hung grapes (thanks to my neighbors' grape arbor!). I've heard of people hanging cabbages, too. Get creative and hang goodies that will encourage them to work for it but still get rewarded.
 

MagsC

Queen Of Clueless
11 Years
Jul 27, 2008
4,616
12
231
Minnesota
This is kind of gross, but I have also heard of people hanging up a "maggot ball", something maggots would grow in. Apparently chickens love maggots, not that I have had any experience with that yet!
 

geareduplyn

Songster
11 Years
Jun 2, 2008
945
13
151
Salley SC
I have posted about this before, but it deserves a second mention. Purina make a treat called a Flock Block. For confined chickens it is great, plus they love it. It stopped all my feather plucking instantly. and I would think that birds confined for the winter would really appreciate something like this.
 

ozark hen

Living My Dream
12 Years
Apr 4, 2007
6,962
49
301
Mansfield, MO
We are hanging a head of cabbage in the coop this winter so they will have some greens plus keep them busy. Probably hang one once a week or more. Seems I have read where the cabbage goes very quickly. Sounds like they will be having way too much fun.
 

MariposaMama

Songster
11 Years
Aug 31, 2008
270
2
129
Mariposa, CA
That sounds like fun!
I haven't tried hanging anything yet but I bet the show they put on would be worth it. How would you hang something like a cabbage?
 

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