Plastic, fillable eggs as toys?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Fishkeeper, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. Fishkeeper

    Fishkeeper Songster

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    Has anyone ever tried using those plastic Easter eggs that open into halves as toys? Seems to me that if you could teach the chickens that they're openable, you could fill them with food and let the chickens chase them around, pecking them to get them open. I'm pretty sure a good chicken peck to the seam of an egg would pop one open.
     
  2. The Moonshiner

    The Moonshiner Professional Chicken Tender

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    I don't want my chickens to get the idea to play with eggs, peck eggs or break eggs.
    I'd be paranoid it would lead to egg eating.
    Did find a broody with an egg stash once that included three bright colored Easter eggs in with her eggs.
     
  3. Fishkeeper

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    Would they make the connection between a brightly colored, plastic, potentially-not-egg-sized egg and their own eggs, though? I've just realized I have no idea how much color vision chickens have.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Chickens don't need 'toys'....and fake eggs are not 'toys' but tools.

    If you want to enrich your birds environment put some stuff in the run:
    2x2's and branches for perches. Logs, stumps, pallets leaned against wall or up on concrete blocks, grazing frames, old table/chairs/benches.
     
  5. Fishkeeper

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    Maybe they don't need toys, but they'll use toys. Most vertebrates will. Heck, some large fish will play with toys. Environmental enrichment is great, but toys are a good idea, and certainly won't hurt anything.
    Chickens will chase after and hunt down small animals. A toy that they can attack to release food is a similar idea, but without a small animal being torn apart. Maybe not a plastic egg, but I wonder if anyone makes those Kong dog toys in a small enough size? Something that could be stuffed full of food for them to attack and shake.
     
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  6. llombardo

    llombardo Crowing

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    I got a toy for them that does what you are describing. They move it and food comes out. I haven't tried it yet. Now I have to and I will let you know.

    Mine are still in the house. I was going to let them out for the day but it hasn't gotten over 25 yet. They hop in and out of the brooder. They are all over the place, but they always jump back in the brooder, I do believe this will transfer over to the coop. This morning I woke up late and jumped up to check on them, no worries-they found the food and water. They keep themselves busy hopping and roosting on multiple things.
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Some folks drill holes in a plastic pop bottle and fill them with scratch grains.
     
  8. Chickening101

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    maybe some other toy you could open...it may lead to egg eating if they get the idea that eggs are breakable
     
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  9. Texas Kiki

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    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    I would be worried that once they broke open the plastic egg, which may get cracked and broken into small pieces, they would then eat those small plastic pieces.
     
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