Keeping your chickens happy is very important for them, it affects their health massively and the quality of their eggs.
After a few articles about DIY toys for your chickens now it is time for us to share something with those readers who don’t have the room or the means to build their chicken toys.
It is never bad to give some extra attention to your chickens and the most fun way to do that is to give them activities and games when they are on their run. Chickens are omnivores, they love to eat almost anything and almost everything is safe for them to eat.
With these Simple Games and Activities For Your Chickens, chicken keepers will have fun in their backyard.
The simplest game you can play with them is racing, get some small round treats (beans, grapes, etc.), and roll them onto some hard surface such as your porch.
Make sure that your chickens are watching you do it and they will run for them in no time. Watching chicken race after some treats is very fun and enjoyable to watch.
Make a few small holes in the ground, then place something they enjoy pecking at, like apples or peaches.
Put the fruit in the holes then cover it with some hay. They love to free range!
The chickens will notice the aroma of the treat and they will search for it for some time and after finding it they will get their delicious treats.
3. Chicken Jump
Grab a chair, get your chickens, take some peas or grapes and toss them in the air.
The chickens will jump to grab them and this can last for an hour until they get very tired.
4. Rotting Log
Chickens love to peck at deteriorating logs as much as any other bird – pack an old rotting log with some treat like banana or cover it in some yogurt or cooked rice.
Present it to them and watch them peck at it for a long time.
A broken open pumpkin in their yard is very good for the health of your chickens.
Plus it is fun for them to dig through it.
When they get used to it you can place whole pumpkins in their run.
6. Frozen Cranberries
Get a bag of frozen cranberries, then just open it and roll the shiny cranberries in their run.
If your chickens pay attention and notice them rolling in the same moment will start to chase them.
Watermelons are one of those treats that let you get creative, you can cut in half and it will move as your chickens will try to eat it, or make frozen cubes for them to peck at.
Cut it into rings and tie it with a rope, when your chickens start to eat it, pull it – this is a very fun pass time activity just make sure you don’t hurt them.
Pet chicken loves watermelons!
8. Cooked Spaghetti
Cooked spaghetti can be very fun for your chickens, just hang some of them on your fence or anywhere high enough for them to get one end of the spaghetti.
Try to improvise with different kinds of pasta – you will not regret it.
9. A bag filled with yogurt
Pour some yogurt into a bag with a small hole in it. Hang the bag somewhere high where your chicken cannot reach it.
Then watch your chickens try to catch every drop of yogurt that falls down from the hole in the bag.
NOTE: Some chicken keepers avoid giving yogurt to chickens.
Get some meaty bones (make sure that it is not chicken meat) and spread them across the chicken run.
The chickens will drag and pull them away and sometimes even hide it in their coop from the rest of the flock.
11. Chicken toys
Chicken toys can keep chickens occupied for a long time.
You can give them a variety of fun toys, especially if they are confined in a chicken coop/run. If you have enough space, your hens will love to have access to the whole yard.
Giving pet chickens toys is good for them. It provides them with mental stimulation and helps prevent boredom. The chicken toy also provides opportunities for exercise and climbing, which is important for keeping healthy bones and muscles.
Balls – You can use ping pong balls, tennis balls, or even rubber balls that you find around the house. Chickens love chasing after balls and they can play with them individually or as a group.
Paper bags(chicken toy) – Chickens can tear up paper bags and make nests out of them or just shred them into little pieces and spread them around the pen! Give them an empty grocery bag or newspaper bag to play with; they’ll love it!
Wooden blocks – You can buy blocks specifically made for chickens at most pet stores or even create your own out of wood scraps and sandpaper so they’re safe for them to chew on (if you don’t mind they’re getting messy).
We listed here only three types of chicken toys, but there are plenty more:
- chicken swing
- tree stumps
- Perching Places
These are the 11 games and activities we at the typesofchicken.com team enjoy with our chickens. Remember, free range chickens are always happier and will always try to find and peck something.
If you have any more ideas or habits of this kind make sure you share them with us.