Maybe the dumbest question I have ever had to ask.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jessierose, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. jessierose

    jessierose Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 23, 2009
    Should I provide some sort of play things or entertainment for my chicks? They seem...bored in their brooders.
    Do you guys give them anything to do? Can they be bored or are they just busy growing up?
    Sorry to ask such a silly question.
  2. wjallen05

    wjallen05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2008
    North Georgia

    too funny!! I just cut down branches and put them in there, they love to hop and jump all over them. It is also quite entertaining to put a cricket, or a piece of bread, etc in there and watch them chase each other around fighting over it.
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    In nature, they would be out pecking for food with Mama, exploring their world, so it only makes sense to me that they would be bored in a brooder.
  4. Ashmeade

    Ashmeade Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    My kids growing up used to play "chicken football" with our chicks.

    You get your team, works best if you have something like yellow chicks and black chicks (something to easily tell the difference between the teams).

    Then you get a little ball of paper and toss it in the "field" and watch...

    It is a HOOT! My kids never tired of it and the chicks had fun with it also.
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

  5. sred98

    sred98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    I put in sticks and branches, too. Also big piles of greens (grass, clover, dandelions, etc). Larger rocks for them to climb on, and things like that.

  6. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    Try giving them a big cricket, spider, etc. THAT will entertain them and you! [​IMG]
  7. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    I plan on using toys to keep them from getting into trouble. My little parrot is a toy fiend and I bet the chickies would like toys too but perhaps not so elaborate. Maybe something dangling to peck at whether it be food or some shiny object like an old CD or pie pan. We are even going to put a swing for them in our run! A solid ball for them to peck around the brooder might be fun too. [​IMG]
  8. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    I put ina six-pack carboard divider (from bottled soda/beer) or a drink carrier from the gas station.

    It is like a little chick tunnel/jungle gym.
  9. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    I had a flat topped rock near one of the heat lamps that held heat that they loved to sit on or play king of the rock.

    Shinny red cat ball that had a bell in it.

    Different things for them to climb or roost on. I had an apple tree branch when they were itty, then swapped that out for a 2 x 4 that they would hunker down on and sleep. I had a plate holder that had dowels running along that I leaned up against the side of the brooder that they liked to climb up on.

    And then chucks of sod and occasionally I'd sprinkle a little scratch and crumbles.

    I think they do need something in there to keep them busy so they don't pick on each other.

    So far, I've only raised two sets this spring and none of them ever picked on each other and to this day, I can't tell who is the leader. They all get along.
  10. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I steal "bizzy balls" from the cats! The downside is hearing jingle, jingle, jingle 24/7.

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