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Boredom Busters

by | Nov 17, 2020 | Meyer Moment

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about boredom busters for your flock! Every chicken keeper wants their flock to be happy and healthy. If you’re experiencing changing temperatures, shortened hours of daylight, or just a schedule change where you can’t let your flock out as often, you may want to consider adding some activities to their coop. Bored chickens can lead to feather picking, bullying, cannibalism, and egg-eating. Curb those unwanted habits with these boredom buster ideas!

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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings. 

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about boredom busters for your flock! Every chicken keeper wants their flock to be happy and healthy. If you’re experiencing changing temperatures, shortened hours of daylight, or just a schedule change where you can’t let your flock out as often, you may want to consider adding some activities to their coop. Bored chickens can lead to feather picking, bullying, cannibalism, and egg-eating. Curb those unwanted habits with these boredom buster ideas! 

First up, you can’t go wrong with treats and there are so many tasty options available. Try Happy Hen treat tumblers or treat squares to give your flock something to peck at. When placing fresh bedding in the coop, toss some mealworms or scratch grains on top. This will get your flock to scratch around just as they would foraging outside, to discover treats of their own! 

You can also purchase a treat ball or peck N play to fill with fresh fruits and veggies. Have an extra egg collection basket? Hang it inside the coop and fill with your kitchen scraps to provide hours of entertainment. You can also hang a head of cabbage in your outside run to encourage outdoor activity.  

Speaking of fresh vegetables, try some edible garland. Simply string apples, cucumbers, melon pieces, and more on some sturdy twine and hang within your outdoor run. These colorful treats are sure to attract your flock for a healthy snack! 

Looking to offer something   other than treats? Try a chicken swing. These moving roosts give your flock an extra place to hang out. While these can be purchased, you can also tackle this easy DIY project, crafting a swing from fallen branches in your yard and a little rope. 

You can also add extra ladders, roosts, or straw bales giving your chickens new areas to perch and climb on.

Lastly, try adding a mirror to your coop. Not only will it disperse sunshine during the day but also serve as a form of entertainment for hens passing by. Have an old collection of CDs? Hang them in your coop to reflect light and provide hours of amusement. 

We hope these boredom busters help spur some new ideas for you to help in keeping your flock healthy and entertained while cooped up. 

Enjoy the rest of your week and as always, thank you for listening to The Coop!

Hosts & Guests

Kendra + Jeff
From Meyer Hatchery

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