how to occupy my bored chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Nutcase, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens get really bored during the day. Sometimes they have nothing to do in the run so they concoct a scheme, get out of the run and destroy our garden! What little toys/treats could I use to keep them occupied?
     
  2. 15shenyl

    15shenyl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could try a Flock Block, it's a big block of what looks like to be a bunch of seeds and other things. Give them scratch grains. Or put like greens they can pick on through the day. I never tried the Flock Block before, my chickens are able to free range.
     
  3. WestVermont

    WestVermont Out Of The Brooder

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    Break the string on a bail of hay and let them scratch in it and spread it.

    Hang suet baskets with treat around the run

    hang a cabbage like tether ball and let them eat and play

    freeze treats in a block of ice, broth or soup

    toss scratch grains for them to search for

    play with them
     
  4. Doubleyolker

    Doubleyolker Out Of The Brooder

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    My girls received a seedblock from Santa . Its been so cold I thought it would keep them busy inside. They have shown some interest but aren't crazy about it. Of course they are spoiled and probably holding out for something better.
     
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  5. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Take empty Gator aid bottles and drill 1/4 in holes in them. Fill with scratch grain and BOSS. The fun lasts all day.[​IMG]
     
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  6. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your help everyone. One dumb question: what is BOSS?
     
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  7. cyw iar

    cyw iar Out Of The Brooder

    Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. Took me forever to figure that one out, too. :)
     
  8. mnhomestead

    mnhomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love the 'shades' on the one in the back. [​IMG]
    The bottle look like a fun idea, I will have to try that.

    I brought in a large branch the other day and they enjoyed talking to it and sizing it up for a bit and then jumped and walked on it.
     
  9. nwredrooster

    nwredrooster Out Of The Brooder

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    What are the shades all about? Is that photo shop? It doesn't take much, but, I'm confused.
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    They're pinless peepers. Used to prevent an aggressive bird from pecking on her flockmates.
     

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