If your flock is like mine they LOVE to gobble up dried mealworms. Recently I learned about Chubby Mealworms. I hadn’t heard of them before so I was excited to learn about a new company. I think you can guess by their name what they sell…mealworms and other dried bugs, just up the chickens’ alley! They graciously sent me a bunch of samples for the girls to try.
Late this past Summer, I surprised the girls with a chicken toy. It was perfect. They loved it and looked forward to me tossing it into the run. It kept them entertained for hours. Sometimes I would fill it with scratch or with sunflower seeds and other times with dried meal worms and the like. It was great fun tossing it in the run every few days and watching them run over to greet me and the chicken toy near the run door. We got into a new routine and like Pavlovian puppies, they knew just what to expect when they saw me and heard me call out, “Girls” as I neared the run. At the end of the day, as the girls settled in for the night, I would retrieve the chicken toy and store it away near the treats. Until one day this Fall, the unexpected happened.
Last week, I put my usual order in at Treats for Chickens. I decided it would be fun to purchase a chicken toy for the girls. I figured that this might help beat the winter boredom that flocks sometimes can experience. There is not much to do when a thick layer of snow covers the ground. Bored birds can begin to become destructive. This includes pecking and eating their eggs and pecking at each other, leading to feather loss and bleeding wounds. The chickens were introduced to the chicken toy, filled with organic wheat seeds, for the first time today. Although they’re still a little apprehensive, I think in no time this will be something that the girls will love.
Here they are today, in action:
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest