I think the general public would get a good chuckle that many of us buy or create toys for our flocks. And many large scale chicken operations probably don’t even give buying toys a thought. On the other hand, backyard chicken keepers are a whole different group of people! We collect chickens, cute t-shirts about chickens, chicken decor, and are always on the lookout for anything chicken! Am I right? So, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to any of you that I’m always on the lookout for toys or items that will keep my chickens entertained.
Why is this important? Chickens love to forage and explore. If there aren’t toys or different things to keep them busy, chickens will get bored. Boredom leads to picking on each other. And picking on each other leads to injury or even death. Sound dramatic? It’s not, I promise!
Over the years, I have narrowed down my top 3 favorite “toys”. I’ve tried just about all of them and these are the ones I love the most. Before any of you ask, I have tried the chicken xylophone. I maybe didn’t introduce it early enough, but my girls leave it alone for the most part. I’m waiting for a spectacular version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, but so far that hasn’t happened!
Without further ado, here are my top 3 toys for backyard chickens!
Hanging Treat Ball
Now, if spending money on chicken entertainment isn’t your thing, that’s no problem! Nature is full of “toys” that cost nothing. I have put little sticks, large logs, leaves, and produce from the garden in the coop which also provide a lot of entertainment for our girls! The secret is to switch it up every once in a while, so they don’t get bored. A tiny bit of effort on our part will go a long way with our flocks!
Until next time,
–The Wing Lady