Best Chicken Toys and Entertainment
Like any other animals, chickens get bored and need to be entertained. There are many facts about chickens which may interest you, such as the chicken’s natural inclination toward curiosity and investigation.
Chicken toys can help your chickens stay occupied and away from forming bad habits. If your backyard chickens don’t have anything to do all day, they may not be as healthy and happy as you’d like. This can prevent chickens from laying, cause health problems, and simply lead to an unhappy flock.
When looking at toys for chickens, you may want to consider what your chickens like, their breed, and what you are trying to offer them. Many of the best chicken toys involve food, as this helps reward your flock.
Like other domesticated animals, you can train your backyard chickens. Whether you’re using toys of chickens or simple food as a reward, you can encourage good behavior in your flock. Chicken toys are great for many things, so let’s dive into some ideas to entertain your lovely ladies!
Just like other animals, chickens get bored. When they’re bored, they may misbehave. As curious and persistent creatures, they may travel to the next yard, dig things up, or get themselves stuck in silly places. Providing some entertainment for chickens can help greatly.
You can use a chicken toy with your backyard chickens of course, but there are many ways to keep chickens entertained. Before we jump into some of our favorite chicken toys, we want to offer a few ways to cure boredom without toys!
First, food is always a good way to go. You can give your backyard chickens something that takes a little bit of effort to eat, such as watermelon, scattered grit, decaying wood (with bugs and worms in it), or hanging food.
Another great way to go is giving them something homemade that is interesting. Some people hang old CD’s or DVD’s, others give chickens newspaper to shred, and many chickens will flatten a pile of anything. You can create a pile of veggies, dirt, or sticks and give them some time to scratch and claw until it is flat.
Chicken Boredom Toys
Of course, there are many homemade remedies for chicken boredom. However, there are also many toys for chickens to help. Chicken toys are often created to give the chicken something to do, with their curiosity and hunger in mind. A chicken toy often caters to a chicken’s personality and likes.
Here are a few chicken toys we love:
The chicken swing and ladder are great options, and our ladies love theirs. Especially when young, you can train your birds to have some fun. We often find our backyard chickens hanging out playing around and entertaining themselves.
The other two toys are great toys to put some food in and entertain them. Many of the best chicken toys have an element of food, as this can ensure they stay interested!
Sometimes, all your ladies need is a chicken treat. Many chicken treats are created from mealworm, oats, and corn. These are treats to your chickens, like candy to a human. You can give your chicken some treats just plain, or you can make it fun for them.
One thing we do with our chicken treats is try to make it a game to get them. You can hang chicken treats from a string to entertain them, put them in a ball, or bury them ever so slightly under some dirt or mud.
Toys for Baby Chickens
Finding chicken toys for baby chickens can be tough. However, chicks need something to do as well. They have a strong natural curiosity. You can use baby toys for other animals. We often use cat and kitten toys. Here are a few toys we love to give our baby chickens!
For more information on chickens, check out our Chicken Keeping Resource Guide with FAQ’s, book recommendations, information about different breeds, and all you need to know about coops