Treats to keep hens occupied

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SuburbanChickFarmer, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. SuburbanChickFarmer

    SuburbanChickFarmer Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 22, 2008
    Apparently my hens are VERY bored. They have been eating their eggs and picking at each others feathers. If I can make them some treats that will keep them occupied, maybe they will stop this behavior! I am looking for something that they can pick at for a long time. I currently put fresh veggies in a suet feeder and hang, hang full heads of cabbage and iceberg lettuce, but it seems like they go through these extremely fast. I have 10 standard size hens and 1 rooster. If anyone has something that they make for their hens and would like to share I would appreciate some guidance. It can be something easy or something difficult, just so it keeps them occupied!!! Thanks.
  2. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are you hanging them so they have to jump to get to them? That will make them last longer.

  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I think I've seen that egg & feather eating/pecking could be signs of nutritional deficiency or lack of space. Also could be habits that need to be broken. Good luck.

  4. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    Most time you will find the hen that is not laying and has shrunken comb will be the egg eater that would be the one that has yolk on its beak

    I always used a head of cabbage wrapped in a piece of chicken wire and hung from the ceiling to about 12 inches above floor

    also I used a piece of alfalfa hay wrapped in a piece of chicken wire and hung from ceiling to 12 inches above floor
    try this

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