Winter boredom

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chicks Galore3, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    Yippee. This my chickens first winter. They are used to spending half the day roaming around our 6 acres and stealing tomatoes and cucumber in our garden- so they are very disgruntled at being cooped up all day. They refuse to step their queenly feet out onto the snow. They are so bored! I've had some bald chickens as of late, but I think that is because of me putting vaseline on their combs, I would get some on the feathers around the comb and they'd clean each other off. Today I heard some broody-like growling among the girls. What can I put in the coop to prevent them picking at each other?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hang a cabbage in there for them to eat or make them a flock block to peck. Here's a recipe:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/723868/my-flock-block-recipe

    Chickens don't like walking on snow, so you may have to clear an area for them outside to walk around. I can imagine the coop will be boring after 6 acres!
     
  3. foulplay

    foulplay Chillin' With My Peeps

    With my old coop I just cleaned a path to the coop and a little bit in front of the coop and the went straight outside if I put a little corn outside.
     

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