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Looking for Ideas: Chicken "Treat" Toys .......

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by GinaSki, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. GinaSki

    GinaSki Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi ~! As the days remain cold and the girls seemed to be bored....I am looking for ideas for 'toys' for them... things I can put thier treats and goodies in that might keep them buzy on these cold days until spring... if you have pictures.. that would be 'egg-cellent'.. thanks !!!
     
  2. sunnydee

    sunnydee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont have any pictures yet (but can get some if you need). I find that the wire suet cages you would use for wild birds work great for my flock. I have only six chickens so I use only one. But I stuff it with pretty much anything they like to eat. Their favorite is lettuce, but I have put stale breads, muffins pretty much anything.

    I have also hung a head of cabbage or lettuce. The trick to this is hang it just high enough for them to reach.

    I am on vacation this week and am going to try to make some treats for them that freeze well so when I get back to work I will have some made up. I am thinking of putting oats, peanut butter, some grains, oyster shell, honey etc into a baking sheet and freezing it making little snack bars.

    I also forgot to mention to put scratch and black oil sunflower seeds on their litter. My girls love to dig around in it finding treats throughout the day.
     
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2008
  3. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    I second the hanging lettuce or cabbage. They love that and it will keep them busy.
     
  4. TreeFever

    TreeFever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've also heard of people using cat or dog treat balls. It's a little plastic ball with some holes you fill with kibble and when it rolls around enough from the animal, a treat will pop out of a hole! like this: http://www.crittercottage.com.au/database/images/product_250.jpg/url
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    are about 4-6 $ so you could buy one and fill it with...sunflower seeds, raisins, mealies, cheerios whatever would fit...maybe even kibbles [​IMG]
    Or I imagine you could make one out of say a cardboard tube taped off at the ends and full of treats, then poke a few little hole in it.

    I want to try this with my chickens [​IMG]
     
  5. cdeans

    cdeans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would get a shallow kong(dog toy) and fill it with peanut butter they would love it!!!
     

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