Keeping them occupied

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SusanD, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. SusanD

    SusanD Chillin' With My Peeps


    Given that my chickens will be spending most of their time in our run (my parents decided they don't want to let them in our backyard, due to concerns about them getting the backyard messy), I'm thinking it would be a good idea for us to provide some things to keep them occupied. The only thing I can think of is maybe building some outdoor perches. What would be some other ideas?
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Id suggest searching threads on this one. I have a vague recollection of reading one a few months ago.

  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Anything they can get up onto and/or underneath:
    roosts/perches made from lumber or tree branches,
    concrete blocks,
    old tables/chairs,
    pallet leaned up against the wall or horizontal up on several concrete blocks,
    bale of straw or hay....
    cleated ramps leading to any of the above.

    Lay a couple boards down flat on the ground then move them every few days-bugs will under there.
    Grazing frames for scratch proof plants to eat.
  4. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2013
    I hang a cabbage from a string,it swings around as they peck at it,just hang it high enough so they have to jump a little to reach it,it will keep them busy for hours.
  5. barneveldrerman

    barneveldrerman Chillin' With My Peeps

    To keep them entertained them all you have to do is like what they said above.

    Ramps leading to higher things

    Something for them to scratch or peck at

    A board where bugs can be found for the

    Something for them to go underneath

    Treats hidden(not too hidden)

    Straw or something for them to peck at

    Hanging treats

    They will always find something to do.

    Here is a link to keeping birds happy, towards the end their is things that you can also do to keep them occupied.

    Hope this helps!
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2015
  6. SusanD

    SusanD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks. I will definitely try some of these ideas.


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