Winter Blues

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by donkee1, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. donkee1

    donkee1 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 18, 2010
    Does anyone have any suggestions for things to do in my coop to keep the chickens from being bored in the Winter.....???
  2. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2010
    Rock Hill,SC
    1. Raise mealworms so you can toss some in there so the chickens can have a mad hunt of bugs thru the pine shavings.
    2. Teach them how to play Monopoly or Parchesie
  3. lauriruth

    lauriruth Chillin' With My Peeps

    a handful of mozzerella cheese is a great game![​IMG]
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Some scratch grains scattered over the coop litter for them to hunt for. Another roost put in somewhere, or if there's room, a small (stable!) table or such for them to explore sittin' on.

    And, make the run as appealing as possible (windblocked, and perhaps straw put on the ice or snow) so they will spend as much time as possible out there. If they are young and won't go out it is worth manually chucking 'em out, with some food out there as something to DO, several days in a row to give them the idea. You can even lock them out for a couple hours at a time if they are just popping right back in immediately. Obviously you would exercise reasonable judgement about not doing this in a windy run on a -20 F day or etc, but, often it will make them considerably more outdoorsy.

    A lot of people say 'hang a cabbage in the coop for them to peck at', and you can try that but mine have never had the slightest interest in it. Ditto the business of giving them a mirror.

    Good luck, have fun,

  5. cottage19

    cottage19 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 20, 2010
    Eastern PA
    Mine do go out even in the coldest weather IF we shovel a path for them to roam around a bit but I think they especially like it when I go out to tidy up the coop, change the water etc. They seem to like the company and they know I never come empty handed. They also seem to like Mozart... [​IMG]
  6. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    Put a TV in thier coop.LOL
  7. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    I just tossed down a hunk of alfalfa hay on the bottom of our sand run. Our flock went wild with joy. They've been missing green things in their diets. I've also been clipping leaves of romaine lettuce up in their run (just as I do for our indoor birds), and sometimes I'll give them a stalk of broccoli, too.

    I have dried leaves in the bottom of our big run, and they seem to really enjoy scratching through that, too.
  8. vebyrd36

    vebyrd36 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 28, 2010
    New Ringgold Pa
    Okay I'm glad I'm not the only one creating games for my fuzzy butts.

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