Let's Play, Chicken!

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 21 July 2020

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Hello chicken keepers!

I went absolutely clucky over this video - I’m sure you’ll love it too!

That’s one talented chook, a real Peck-thoven! In all seriousness, this isn’t the first video I’ve seen of chickens playing musical instruments, or engaging in other ‘bizzare’ behaviour, seemingly just for fun. The fact is, while chickens are generally happy enough scratching all day long (especially if they are free-ranging), even these simple girls like to let their feathers down. Bored chickens can engage in some destructive behaviour, so it pays to keep them occupied!

Chicken playing with seed filled bottle

There are heaps of great ways to keep your chickens entertained. You might even get some fabulous chook videos out of it!

  1. Hens simply love to peck at a moving target! Bugs are best, but if your garden has been picked clean, then a strung-up cabbage, cauliflower, or broccoli pinata is the next best thing.
  2. Anyone who has cradled a hen in their arms can tell you that they seem to enjoy a gentle rocking. Perhaps it reminds them of the soft sway of tree-branches from their wild past? Whatever the case, you can tap into this instinct by giving your chooks a chicken swing. Both you and the girls will get hours of fun from it!
  3. It’s no coincidence that both food and fun start with an ‘f’ - for chickens, they’re practically the same thing. Giving them a time-consuming treat, like a watermelon, is the simplest way to fill up their day (and their tummies). Why not try my special chookie crumble recipe? My girls can’t get enough of it!

These are just a few ideas, but use your imagination, and remember that the best way to a hen’s heart is through her stomach! Finally, check out this article for more suggestions :)

Keep your chooks healthy and active with these toys. We all want to do an eggcellent job when caring for our feathered friends using the best expertise. Did you know 67% of chicken keepers surveyed experienced a chicken health or behaviour issue in the first 12 months that they didn’t know how to handle?

But don’t worry! Our feathered friends over at Chickenpedia have created a Chicken Healthcare Course. It is a comprehensive online course that includes everything you need, including what to look for in an unhealthy chicken and how to support your egg-laying hens to optimal health. All of their courses are really well structured and filled with vital information, which is why I highly recommend them to all of my readers! From raising baby chicks to feeding to behavior, you’ll find valuable information that’ll give you the knowledge and confidence to successfully look after your chickens.

Check out Chickenpedia today. As a member, you will also get access to the ALL of their chicken courses!

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Feathers Forever,

Kassandra x