Toys for Chickens?

brandislee

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8 Years
Feb 15, 2011
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Southern Minnesota
Quote:I have one of those for my dog... wonder if I could just use it for the chickens as well, as the dog doesn't use it much anymore.

I thought the same thing this past spring when I was watching my young chickens peck around their yard. And since I was procrastinating real work
I spent some time rummaging around our property for chicken "enrichments." I found an old wooden ladder, probably not sturdy enough for people (it's a 6 foot ladder, which I wouldn't recommend in a non-covered run...) and a few stumps of various sizes. I also found a lot of limbs from a tree that had fallen the previous fall, and I happened to have just watched one of those survival shows (the one with the old military guy and the old hippy guy...) where they had built a dome-type shelter out of limbs. So I built them a little shelter, which very quickly turned into their dust bathing area. I also had two tomato plants planted in their run with chicken wire around them, so they could pick at it when it grew outside it's little cage, and I could throw them tomatoes when I went in (they were two I didn't have room for in my garden).

My chickens also free range a lot, but when I have to/choose to keep them confined I don't worry as much about them getting bored. And I do take them garden scraps on the days they stay inside.


Next spring I also plan to build them one or two "salad bars," a wooden frame topped with poly wire and planted underneath with alfalfa or some other protein rich green, so that they have fresh greens to eat. I didn't do it this year because there was still grass in the run.
 

bonchick

Hatching
8 Years
Oct 10, 2011
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I would like to try the stuffed toy idea, but I have a stuff toy obsessed herding mix dog who would get so jealous. She knows the name of all her toys. I got the old wiffle ball of hers and I am not going to use it outside the coop because she would want it. By the way, what is Boss?
 

Blooie

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I have two outdoor roosts in their run. One is fixed in place and is a few inches in diameter. The other is free swinging and also a few inches in diameter. Guess which one they spend most of their time on? Yep, the swing. They love it. I also have three of those little wire suet feeders - the square ones - hanging in the run. I fill those full of goodies and they go to town! I put in chunks of apples, grapes, anything I can cram in there.
 
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