What can I do to amuse/ treat my hens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by adpad5, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. adpad5

    adpad5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They look bored and I'm just wondering how I can make them happy and give them something to do, [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. Adalida

    Adalida Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they, are they full grown hens or little chicks? Are they in a pen all day?
     
  3. Sam Drummond

    Sam Drummond Out Of The Brooder

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    Throw them some weeds or hang some on the fence. Bring in a wheelbarrow of leaves and let them push it over. Hang up an outdoor roost or put in a stump. They like mirrors but roos think that it is another rooster and will attack it.
     
  4. adpad5

    adpad5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are a mix of ages 1-5 and are in a large pen about the size of half a tennis court
     
  5. adpad5

    adpad5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll try everything you said
     
  6. Adalida

    Adalida Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One thing I read (but haven't tried) is to hang up a whole head of cabbage for them to peck at. Mine like to peck at larger scraps such as banana peels too. A big old wheelbarrow full of leaves would make them happy for sure! Do they have a spot for taking dust baths?
     
  7. LeroySouthpaw

    LeroySouthpaw Out Of The Brooder

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    I've done the hanging of the cabbage, with 6 chickens and a rooster, it lasted about 3 days. They really enjoyed it this winter, but will ignore it during the spring and summer in favor of fresh greens.
     
  8. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Toss out scratch grains, or take some scratch grains and freeze them into a solid block of ice and put that in the run...
     
  9. yochickiemomma

    yochickiemomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I made mine a swing last weekend :) and I bought them a couple cat toy balls w bells in them.
     
  10. adpad5

    adpad5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you I tried the cabbage and no luck they don't like it
     

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