Toys for Chickens
The idea of chickens playing may seem odd to some, but there are definite
ways to make life a little more exciting for your birds. Read below for ideas!
Important Things To Know:
Chickens are incredibly curious
but they will be most interested in food and shiny things. Toys that involve eating will be most popular and so
anything they eat, even just chicken scratch, can be turned into an interactive game for your birds. They are
not necessarily stupid either, though they are simple. If you give a chicken a treat for pecking at a piano,
they will continue to do it as long as they are fed. It is, however, very important to remember that moderation
is key. Some play time is good but too much is dangerous. Also, keep an eye on them for overly aggressive
behavior. Most flocks naturally compete, but when this turns to aggression then play time needs to be changed
Fruit and Veggie Toys
Any safe fruits and veggies can be
used for toys and your chickens will love making a small leap to take a grape from your fingers or to nab some
cabbage hanging from a a string.
- Hang cabbage from a rope a few inches over head height so they have to
jump to get some.
- Throw some fruit across the yard so they have to run to get
- Put berries or peas into their bedding or a mulch pile so they have to
turn up the flooring to get to the treats.
- Send them chasing peas off the floor.
- Put a banana in a rotting log for them to pull apart.
- Hang lettuce leaves from a clothes line a few inches over head, one for
- Break open a pumpkin or squash and let them dig through it, especially as
these treats are a natural-dewormer and will keep your birds healthier.
Be careful as things that are too soft can be choked on.
- Roll some hard, crusty rolls for them to chase.
- Hang some french bread overhead.
- Put rolls on their fencing.
- Bake some sugar-less cookies with peanut butter, seeds and grains and then hang these healthy treats
around the yard.
Other Types of Food Toys
- Peanut butter provides extra protein and can be left around the yard in little piles for them to hunt
up and enjoy.
- Rice can be tossed for them to chase.
- A pinecone rolled in peanut butter and filled with seeds also makes a fun treat that your kids can make
for the birds around Christmas time.
By cautiously choosing toys that light up and make sounds, you can give
your chickens some unique things to play with. Just be careful that there are not small parts they can break
- Kid safe mirrors that will not break.
- The ever popular key ring.
- Child gym's with interactive parts.
- The stacked donut rings are great, especially if you've hidden a treat for them to get to.
- A small ball can be fun, they will even play a somewhat game of soccer.
As long as you use common sense and remember that chickens have none,
your birds should be safe with a number of toys. Just remember they will eat anything and everything so small
parts or breakable items should be avoided.
- Parrot toys, especially large ones.
- Live bugs such as crickets released into the coop gives them great fun chasing the little bugs.
- Jewel cases that make reflections on the ground for the birds to chase.
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Chicken Nutrition- What Your Chicken Needs
In Its Feed
Flock From Predators
Common Chicken Parasites
Chicken Care- A Month by Month Guide
Dust Baths, The Chicken Preference
for Keeping Clean
Molting: That's One Ugly Chicken!
How To Water-Bathe a Chicken
Helping Chickens Avoid Heat Stress
How Not to Care for Chickens
Maintaining Your Chicken Coop
Cannibalism In Chickens and What
To Do To Prevent It
Trimming Your Chicken's Beak
What Every Chicken Needs
Vegetarian Chickens or Well-Rounded
Considering a Movable Chicken Coop
Can Chickens Eat Table Scraps?
Selecting the Proper Feeder for Your
Cleaning Up After Your Chickens
The Proper Way to Handle a Chicken
Keeping Your Chickens' Nails in Check