Mental Stimulation for Chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Pug Momma, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. Pug Momma

    Pug Momma Out Of The Brooder

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    What should I put in my run/coop to keep my chickens mentally stimulated? I have a big run and a huge coop for just three hens ( i started small on numbers becuase they are my first - I want to see if I'm good at this, first!)
    What have people found that is good to help keep chickens, uh, busy...?
     
  2. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    I would do a BYC "Search" on "chicken toys", or "toys for chickens', or "chick entertainment". This is a good question.
     
  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Hi and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I have 3 different outdoor roosts set up in our main run, which gives everyone plenty of preening and/or sunning space.

    I've been adding dried leaves to this run to help keep the mud down since we're having our spring rains at this time. The other benefit is that I can throw in a handful or two of Black Oil Sunflower Seeds and the birds spend countless amounts of time scratching up the seeds.

    Another thing that I have in the run is a suet feeder. I have it hanging just a bit higher than they are tall so that they have to jump for whater treats I might put it in.

    Hope this ideas are of some help!


    Dawn
     
  4. Pug Momma

    Pug Momma Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, the suet feeder is a really good idea! I did see that people put different vegetables into suet feeders and let them peck at it all day. I have several roosts set up and just installed a window into the sunniest side of the coop and will put up a roost there for them to sit in the sun.
    Thanks!
     
  5. purecountrychicken

    purecountrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I set up 1 roost in the middle of the run. I used a cedar log held up by a 4 x 4 post about 2 feet off the ground.
     

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