I found something to keep them busy

bsruther

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 29, 2009
59
5
41
Northern Kentucky
I wanted to find something to keep the chickens from hanging out in the coop all day, so I got an onion bag, filled it with old bread and hung it from the roof of the run, at their head level. It took them a couple days to figure out what it was and get over their fear of it swinging, every time they bumped into it. Now that they've caught on to the concept, they peck at it all day, until the bread is gone. Next time I fill it, I'm going to raise it a few inches over their heads to make it more of a challenge for them although, it's pretty funny to watch them dodge it as it swings back towards their head, after they peck it.
 

chicmom

Dances with Chickens
10 Years
Feb 24, 2009
8,696
287
316
Strasburg Ohio
That's a neat idea. I'll have to remember that, come winter time. They need things to do when the snow gets too deep or it's cold, and they're stuck indoors.

Thanks for sharing!
Sharon
 

En Plein Air Farms

Songster
11 Years
Feb 14, 2010
272
26
184
Kalama SW Washington
I've done that. I found they pecked through the fibers on the bag until the goodie fell out, I have pretty smart chickens though
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coldinnh

Songster
10 Years
May 13, 2010
158
3
146
NH
I know that suet is not the idea snack for chicks- but our summer has not really been a summer- but I tethered a suet block in a cage (one in and one out of their roosting/brooding area). At first the swinging did throw them off and some wait until bits drop- but one chick has figured out that if she pecks at the bottom she doesn't have to worry so much about the swinging.
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