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What can I spread around in my coop to let my chickens scratch at?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Scooter&Suzie, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just a nice layer of snow, and the chickens refuse to go outside. I put a plastic sheet down in their run after a couple hours of them refusing to go outside. They still are inside. I cleaned the coop this morning, so there isn't much "waste" in there. In 1 or 2 hours I will be heading over to TSC (Tractor Supply Company). I'm going to get things like feed, bedding, and oyster shells, but I want to give them something they can scratch at in their coop. Since they are my pets, I don't mind buying them meal worms, crushed corn, scratch, or anything that could be consitered a "treat".
     
  2. BantamoftheOpera

    BantamoftheOpera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All of those are great things to get them. I also get a flock block that they can pick at so they don't pick at each other.
     
  3. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, thanks!
     
  4. allpeepedout

    allpeepedout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give mine a small flake of alfalfa hay once or twice a week. Hours of entertainment tearing it apart and eating the tiny leafy bits that fracture everywhere.
     
  5. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went to TSC and got feed, grit, oyster shell, bedding, and alfalfa hay. They didn't care too much for the hay, but when I threw in some grit and oyster shell they went nuts over them. I couldn't find a flock block, they might be out. I found them for horses and goats, but that was it.
     
  6. ChickChickChicky

    ChickChickChicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I try to always keep at least some black oil sunflower seeds and scratch thrown in the bedding, just so they have something to do in the coop and so they keep everything mixed up (I use pine shavings for bedding, about 6" worth, and clean the bedding with a kitty litter scoop a couple times a week. By them keeping everything mixed up, it dries out any poops and coats them with a fine layer of shavings so there's not much smell at all.
     

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