Toys for the hens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by GoArmy, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. GoArmy

    GoArmy In the Brooder

    May 24, 2011
    My wife is worried that the hens are getting bored out there, now that it's cold and their bug friends are gone. She thinks the hens need toys. I said "Yes, dear."

    What the heck do I give them for toys???? I have a cowbell I could hang in there for them to peck, but I think that might get real old after not too long. I saw something called a Chicken Fun Toy that's like a yellow rubber ball you can stuff treats into. Any other ideas?

    3 hens. Small run (3' x 3' x 8') with a 3' x 3' x 3' coop on top. They are really pretty happy, the boss is just worried they'll get bored (and turn into juvenile delinquents, take up smoking, maybe steal bikes, I don't know).


  2. C17

    C17 In the Brooder

    Mar 27, 2011
    Ant farm?
  3. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

  4. mommissan

    mommissan Songster

    Jul 4, 2011
    I read on one of these posts, put a box of live crickets loose in the coop.
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Tether Cabbage!!

    The hens will jump to pull bits off the cabbage.

    In that photo, my dominant roo, Carl, pulls bits off and drops them for the hens. (He's such a gentleman!)
  6. FiveHens

    FiveHens Songster

    Apr 7, 2010
    We've worked on that quite a bit for our 3 girls. We have outdoor perches, a "grass-box" (wire mesh several inches off the ground, plant grass under it, they can only peck off the tall bits) if it's not too cold where you are, put table scraps in a hanging plant basket for them to peck at, and we are going to put in a formal "dustbath area" (although of course they have their special place for it already). More than that, what adds spice to our girls' lives is periodic table scraps and scratch in the run, plus occasional free-range time. These measures go a long way towards keeping them from taking their boredom out on each other, especially in the winter. Good luck!
  7. GoArmy

    GoArmy In the Brooder

    May 24, 2011
    Tether cabbage is awesome :) I think they'll get one tomorrow!

  8. the-bird-man

    the-bird-man Songster

    Oct 24, 2010
    land of the sun
    i have straw bales in my run, the girls love to jump on them and scratch at them trying to get any bits of wheat that are in them
  9. donna8424

    donna8424 In the Brooder

    Aug 22, 2009
    I washed out a couple of two liter bottles cut some small holes around it , add a hand full of scratch or boss put lid back on and watch the fun. I only had to show them one time on what comes out of the holes. You should see them kicking that bottle around, it is so funny [​IMG]
  10. joneus

    joneus Songster

    Apr 2, 2011
    Ballston Spa
    My girls have a small dog toy with a network of holes that I stuff treats into and toss into the run. I call it "chicken soccer" because they kick it around and steal it from each other!

    They've also got an old bird cage hanging in there that holds 2 heads of cabbage nicely to give them something to do when they cant free range.

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