While chickens can be generally left to fend for themselves, a helping human hand would be appreciated too. Playing with them or giving them something to amuse themselves with would enrich their minds. It would also curb behavior such as pecking fellow chickens, which they are naturally disposed to do.
You don’t have to necessarily give them expensive toys. Maybe you just aren’t aware of it but you could already be giving them things to play with. But it never hurts to have more in your repertoire. So here six are cost-effective or costless things that you can give your chickens to make them cluck happily:
1. Pecking Objects
- Hay nets
- Alfalfa blocks
It is useful as both a source of fiber and protein and as a foraging item.
- Plastic objects
Recycled old containers, disused wellington boots, and holey buckets could also keep your chickens occupied. Just make sure you wash them properly before giving them to your feathery pals.
2. Creative Perches
3. Dust Bath Options
Reuse old car tires and fill them with sand. They are good for use both inside the chicken houses or out in the range.
- Pre-approved Holes
Chickens like to scratch the ground and make holes to do their dust bathing in. Save them, and yourself, the trouble by digging holes in places where they can freely dust bath with your approval.
- Range Tents
You could also set up a shelter in the range where they can do their cleaning activity. At first, maybe only a few chickens would use it, but it could encourage others to utilize it too.
When creating dust baths, it is important to note that your fowl pals should have gotten used to a nesting place already. If not, then you might find eggs layed not in their nest boxes, but in dust baths.
4. Fun Feed Dispensers
5. Fruit and Veggie Rolls
6. Chick-y Toys
But don’t coop yourself in with the toy ideas listed here. To come up with more interactive and entertaining toys, begin by learning more about your feathered friends and what makes them cluck!
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