How do you keep your chickens entertained

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Cocky, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. Cocky

    Cocky Songster

    Nov 15, 2007
    Georgetown, SC
    I was told that my chickens were bored and they need more entertainment so they will stop pecking each other so much. I give them treats to peck at occasionally, but how else can I keep them entertained?
  2. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    lots of food. Lots of land.
  3. Heidi

    Heidi Songster

    Mar 18, 2007
    Northwest Michigan
    Hang a heavy duty string from the ceiling - they pull and pull at it thinking it's a worm. Make sure it doesn't come untied otherwise I think they'd eat it. I also do this w/ my chicks - it's quite hilarious.
  4. Nugget

    Nugget Songster

    Sep 2, 2007
    I bought mine a parrot toy at a pet store. Some of them liked it. It had a bell to ring, lots of shiny things to peck... [​IMG]
  5. Cocky

    Cocky Songster

    Nov 15, 2007
    Georgetown, SC
    Quote:10 chickens: 200 squre feet + a hanging feeder that is never alowed to be empty + occasional treats like bushes with lots of leaves, other yard debree, and scraps.

    Is that what you are talking about, or should I be doing more as far as land and food go?

    By the way....Heidi I love the string idea, I cant wait to get home and try it [​IMG]
  6. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    Yep, mostly stuff they can forage through works great. I buy bales of hay, and break a nice flake off and let the flock enjoy it. I also throw a couple cobs of corn in the coop for them to work on. Some folks hang a head of cabbage for them.

  7. raindrop

    raindrop Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    Western Oregon
    Spread some straw around in the chicken yard, throw out handfuls of scratch that they have to scratch through the straw to find.
  8. Kaneke

    Kaneke Songster

    I hung one of those "wild bird bells" -- wild bird food compressed into the shape of a bell, dangling at beak height in the coop -- they had a wonderful time pecking it and playing chicken tetherball ... I understand that the millet and sunflower seeds in that mix are fine for chickens, not "fast food junk"
  9. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing

    Mar 10, 2007
    I have a hanging planter, the wire type. I fill it with cabbage, or lettuce or parsley so they can pick at it during the day.
  10. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    I took a piece of rope and hung it in the run. I hang a whole head of cabbage on it and they stand their and pick at it. When one pecks it, it swings it towards another hen, she pecks it and it pushes it to another hen who pecks it and they continue to do that. Its not hard to entertain them,lol. I also pick a bunch of grass and let them peck it out of my hands. The goats get jealous and want it all the time though.

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