Winter is almost here. In some areas of the country, snow has already begun to fall. I already am craving warmer weather and I bet my flock is too! During the winter, I try to keep them busy, happy and preoccupied with winter boredom busters. Chickens can easily get bored, especially with a few feet of snow on the ground. Unless I shovel out extensive pathways, they refrain from wandering. Bored chickens can easily get into mischief such as egg eating and feather picking.
Boredom Busters #1: Piñata Celebration
Make a pinata for them. This will keep them pecking this hanging toy and not one another.
It provides hours of entertainment. Click here
for the instructions.
Boredom Busters #2: Mirror, Mirror
Add a mirror to the coop
and watch your chickens admire themselves and meet “new” friends.
Boredom Busters #3: Have a Ball
Treat balls are a huge hit with our flock.
Boredom Busters #4: Add a Flock Block
Our flock loves to peck at the flock block
. This keeps the busy for hours. I place it on a cookie sheet and then let them go at it for a couple of hours. I do remove it for most of the day so the chickens still view it as a treat. As it contains molasses, you may notice it changes your flock’s droppings a bit.
Boredom Busters #5: Swinging Chickens
Chickens love to swing. You can purchase chicken swings or try making your own.
Boredom Busters #6: Straw Bale Fun
Insulate the coop and help control wet areas by placing a few bales of straw in the coop or run. Chickens love exploring them searching for seeds, bugs and other tempting treats. In fact, why not let the chickens spread the straw for you!
Boredom Busters #7: Go Climbing