5 Easy Winter Boredom Busters for Your Chickens
During the winter it is important to give your chickens some ways to keep the boredom at bay. Boredom can lead to excessive pecking and bullying in your chicken coop. Use these Winter Boredom Busters to help prevent boredom from setting in.
Plastic Bottle with Scratch
Supplies Needed: Scratch, bottle (with holes poked in it)
A great way to entertain your chickens. Take a simple plastic bottle, and punch some holes in the bottle. You want enough holes to let some grain out, but not too much. The idea is to encourage your chicken to peck at the bottle.
Supplies Needed: Trays, soil, grass seed.
You can grow sprouts for your chickens during the winter. Take a flat tray and add soil, and grass seed. The grass seed will take about 1-2 weeks to grow. Your chickens will love to peck at the fresh greens during the winter.
Supplies Needed: 1-2 inch thickness Log (8 inches in length), drill, rope.
You can take a log and make a chicken swing. Drill a hole in each end of the log, and add a rope for hanging. Hang up your chicken swing and watch your chickens take a swing! If the log is a little smaller, you can just simply tie the edges of the swing with rope. Make sure your swing is secure to keep your chickens safe. Not handy? No worries, you can purchase this ready-made chicken swing to hang in your coop or run.
Supplies Needed: Chain, cabbage, drill bit (1” thick).
Another great winter boredom buster is to hang a cabbage in your chicken coop. The chickens will love picking at something green. Using a chain to hang up the cabbage will ensure the chickens don’t try to eat a rope. Drill a hole in your cabbage, string the chain, and secure the bottom of the chain (we use a stick through a chain link to hold the chain in place at the bottom). Hang up and let your chickens enjoy!
Supplies Needed: Decomposing log.
The simplest of treats for your chickens. During the winter it may be a little harder for your chickens to get out. Giving them a decomposing log will give them something to peck on during the winter season.
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Our chickens we deathly afraid of the hanging cabbage! 😂😂
Mine are scared of it as well. I put the cabbage or lettuce on the coop floor and they love pecking at it.
Mine love the hanging lettuce ball, and i have a chicken cam to watch them play…
I will certainly be trying these. I’ve never had a problem with my chickens pecking at each other but we have 6-7 months of freezing weather here and weeks on end with below zero temps!
Hi Lisa! Thank you for reading and hopefully the freezing temperatures will be over soon in your area!
Ours love the hanging cabbage and the sprouts. I also dry herbs and give them the full dried stalk for them to peck at during the winter.
Hi Jean! Thank you for reading! The dried herbs sounds like another great idea for keeping hens busy. What types do you use?
Hung a cabbage head and they love it. Gone by next day
Glad to hear they liked it!