Hen Toys???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bardyrock15, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. bardyrock15

    bardyrock15 Just Hatched

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    Hi there, BYC.
    I have tried hanging swings, CD's, bottles filled with food and poked holes in them, and our hens don't seem to be interested.
    Any ideas?
     
  2. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a bale of straw in our run (left the wire on that is holding it together) and they jump on it, peck it, and scratch it. I turn it every week or two and they come running for all the bugs that congregate on/ under it. They never tire of it, and when they have pretty much shredded it, I take the wire off and they scratch it everywhere. It lasts a long time.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Maybe they're already adequately stimulated.
    What does your coop and run look like, can you post some pics?
     
  4. twilightgecko

    twilightgecko Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i know birds needs stimulation, especially caged birds.. but i also wonder if free range chickens needs toys and games.. or if they get enough scratching for bugs and such.. i know they "play" with me.. they peck at my toe nails [especially if i am wearing red polish] they peck at my buttons or snaps even pull my hair.. of course i think it is more food related instincts than play..

    interested to see what other more experienced chicken owners find.. and possibly different breeds need more or less..
     
  5. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Free range chickens don't need toys.
    Most chickens do seem to like swings, though. It's good for their balance.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    agree with that. Free ranging is playing for chickens - unless predators cut them short.
     
  7. two j farm

    two j farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like to hang cabbage and apples from a rope as they peck it it moves around.
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2016
  8. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a jungle gym for my girls, as a falling branch and a cut limb in their pen. That I cut and trimmed to make it safe. They walk on and under and roost on them.[​IMG] GC[​IMG]
     

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