Hello from Shim's Family

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by brekke69, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. brekke69

    brekke69 In the Brooder

    Jul 15, 2011
    Hello All. I found your site by googling "enrichment toys for chickens" hoping to find fun toys or games we could play with our Shim. My nephew Kevin won a baby chick at an Easter egg hunt year befor last. Of course his mom called me and asked if he could keep it at my house. We have 3 dogs, 2 cats, 3 bearded dragons, 5 hermit crabs, 2 tarantulas, 1 ball python, and at the time we had one guinea pig whose cage mate had just passed away. I thought maybe the baby chick would help Pickles get through his loss of his friend Gimli. I think it did for the time. Gimli died the Friday before Easter, oddly Pickles passed away the Friday before Easter this year. I must say, Pickles was the best chick mom he could be. Shim loved him very much. She always complained to him when someone did something to scare her or annoy her, Pickles listened patiently and let her snuggle next to him for comfort. She has also bonded to me like super glue. She sleeps with me most every night. With this all said, I am wondering if I am on the right site for us?? After looking through some posts, I see that most of you really do have "backyard chickens." I have a house chicken. I'm not sure if she really knows she is a chicken. She does some normal chicken things, such as she loves to roam the backyard, keeping the bug population down. I don't like to leave her alone; worried about hawks and such. She is NEVER allowed out at night. During the day, when she is out, she has her guardain Blaze (109 lb German Shepard) with her, or one of us humans. She does have prefereances for food. A good example is she likes her ham sandwich warm with melted cheese. She prefers yellow cheeses to white cheese, and absolutly hates parmasean. She likes bagles toasted but do not put any cream cheese or butter on it; she likes that on the side. I once read somewhere that chickens don't have a taste pallet. Maybe not normal chickens, but my house chicken definatly has. She still eats her chicken chow and oyster shells and bugs, I don't want her to get hooked on people food, she only gets small bites as a treat. She started laying eggs at about 5 1/2 months of age. After she lays, she sings a song and the dogs join in to celebrate. You should hear that noise! We do eat her eggs, that is another reason why I want her to have a normal healthy chicken diet. When we cook with Shim's eggs my nephews and nieces call the food "Shimalicous!" She got her name from my youngest neice - we didn't know if the chick was a She or Him = Shim! I thought that was smart for a 6 year old to come up with. So, back to my quest. Does any one know of any fun games or toys for her? I read about hanging the cabbage on a rope. I will try that with something she likes (cabbage she does not). She does like to chase bubbles (non-toxic) as much as the kids like blowing them and watching her chase. And that is what we are looking for; something interactive to do with her. I am new, so I will continue to brouse the posts to see if I can come up with the answer myself. Still, I welcome all suggestions.


  2. Leia's Chickens

    Leia's Chickens A Sunkissed Delight

    Jun 20, 2010
    [​IMG] Glad to have you! You should post pics of Shim when you can! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. FarmCoe

    FarmCoe Flock Mistress

    May 22, 2010
    Planet Earth
    Quote:The things we do for our chickens....

    It sounds like you really love your Shim. Chickens are wonderful - Even if they don't know they are chickens!

  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. [​IMG]
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  7. SunBaked

    SunBaked Songster

    Apr 25, 2011

    Shim sounds like a character. If I read the post right his chickmom was a guinea pig? Now that is cute! Pictures?

  8. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana!
  9. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chirping

    Jun 11, 2011
    Oh, you're on the right site. Mine might be backyard chickens, but they're every bit as spoiled. Try rolling blueberries and/or seedless grapes across the floor & watch her chase them. If you can put some crickets in the bathtub & let her chase them down, you will have one happy chicken on your hands!
  10. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    A big Texas-sized [​IMG]



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