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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by frizzleman74, May 23, 2011.

  1. frizzleman74

    frizzleman74 Chirping

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    i am a student, and i have 13 chickens and a nice run so im at school for the majority of the day. What can i do to entertain my chickens while i am gone and they cant free range. ANy ideas, thanks!
     

  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    I've heard of people hanging a head of cabbage. I'm always afraid my idiot chickens would get hung so I haven't tried it.
     
  3. LuvinMyPeeps

    LuvinMyPeeps Songster

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    My chickens love it when I give them leftovers, especially spaghetti! They love anything that looks like a worm LOL
     
  4. kla37

    kla37 Songster

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    In the winter I "hid" treats all over for them, including in holes in a log I have in their run. Also the cabbage and spreading scraps around.
     
  5. LuvinMyPeeps

    LuvinMyPeeps Songster

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    Quote:What a cute idea!
     
  6. frizzleman74

    frizzleman74 Chirping

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    should i build a lot of roosts almost like another floor of the run with roosts or would that just be a waste of time and effort
     
  7. Gloria's Gang

    Gloria's Gang In the Brooder

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    I have a roost built into each corner of my pen. I have extended my pen twice so there are a bunch of corners and angles. I just took a 2x4 and screwed into onto the middle brace which makes like a triangle. I also have three different feeders that get moved around. Two of them are just round ground feeders that I put low plastic patio tables over to keep the rain off. They love to get up on the tables and the roosts. They also have one regular waterer and a low ground feeder with water. This gives them some options and they never run out. I also made a "box" (frame) out of leftover 2x6's that I filled with nice sand for a dusting box. They always get our leftovers from the night before spread around. Each of my boys take turns throwing them a couple cups of scratch when they get home from school. They also enjoy watching people and animals come in the yard.

    I think my chickens are spoiled. When I get home from work I go straight out to the coop and they get so excited.
     

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