Some time ago we at the typesofchicken.com team gave you an article on How to keep your chickens entertained and 3 DIY toys and from your feedback we came to the conclusion that you might want more. We discussed before about what chickens do when they are bored so now we will skip that part and go directly to the toys. Without further ado, here are the new DIY toys for your chickens brought to you by the typesofchicken.com team.
1. Chicken Fun Gym
This is one of those toys for your chicken that can be fun to make and it gives you a lot of room for creativity. You will need some leftover woods, some nails and a hammer. It takes around an hour and a half to build.
Based on observation of your chickens and how they like to play you can build them a playing toy like an A-shaped ladder. Take the required measurements (based on the size of the place for playing your chickens have) and make it wider than a regular A-shaped ladder.
Except from the bottom step of the A-shaped ladder (which from now we will refer to as the chicken fun gym) make some holes in the other steps and make those holes big enough so you can put some small treats in there. The wider the steps of the chicken fun gym the more room for holes you will have. When the chicken fun gym is made and ready to use, remember to put some treats in those holes and watch the chicken jump from one step to the next to get to those treats.
We at the typesofchicken.com team used the A-shaped ladder idea to make our chicken fun gym, if you don’t have enough wood or means to build this – feel free to get creative and build your own chicken fun gym and don’t forget to share it with us.
2. The bottle, the stick and the string
This toy is one of the funniest to watch chickens play with, and it does not require a lot of effort to build. You will need 2 strings (2cm longer than your chicken run), a stick and a plastic bottle. First you need to make 2 holes on each side of the stick so each string can pass through. Take the plastic bottle and lay it on its side, on the top side make one big hole from each side so the sick can fit (make sure the stick is 5 or 10 cm longer than the bottle), and on the bottom side of the bottle make more holes so the chicken can peck at them.
Connect the strings on one end of your chicken run as high as your chickens are, then put one string through each end of the stick (make sure that you already placed the stick and the bottle together and that you have put the treats in the bottle). Once the strings are put through the stick and the stick is put through the bottle connect the strings at the other side of your chicken run – as tight as possible.
The outcome of this toy is the harder the chickens peck at the bottle, the further away the bottle goes. This is very fun to watch especially when you have chickens at each side of the bottle and they are throwing it to each other.
3. The Ice Cold Treats
This is not exactly a toy for your chickens but it is a good pass time and a method for them to cool off in the hot summer and that is why we at the typesofchicken.com team decided to share it with our readers in this article.
Freeze some treats in a larger block of ice, and when your chickens are ready for their hot summer day run, present it to them. They will peck at the ice until they get to the treats. This will make your chickens safely waste their extra energy in the hot summer days.