|Big Red and Iris enjoying a drink together|
The following tips will keep chickens occupied.
|Kids playhouse on top of Subaru heading for chickens.|
|Janie our biggest chicken and the leader.|
Daily snacks. Each morning I juice oranges and share one half with seven chickens. Too much citrus can give them runny poo so don't overdo it. Also, it's been said crushed seeds and rind are not good for them, fortunately, when you juice, the seeds come out and they only want the interior fiber so all is good. I spear it so it doesn't turn upside down. Little ants and critters crawl in the cup, a chicken delight.
Forage for goodies on your property. Bring 'em some garden worms, cutworms, lettuce, dandelion leaves, raspberries, mulberries, blueberries, or strawberries (if they ignore berries, it's because they are too hard, so squish them and they will come running). They don't always have access to fresh greens in their run so I go and collect a little of this and that for them.
Leave some tall grass around the fence perimeter.
|Tall grass & old roof panel, perfect for movable SHADE|
Make sure you have a soft dirt area in the shade where they can take dust baths. They like loose soil, leaves, or even wood chips. This is a chickens FAVORITE daily activity! Something as simple as digging a hole and mixing in wood chips or leaves will create a bath area that will be fought over!
|Movable expansion pen, predator proof we hope.|
|Old shutters provide light but tons of SHADE & dust bathing.|
Provide them with shade zones. We hinged together two old shutters to create a place where they can dust bathe and hide out during the hot summers and even when it snows.
|Pool noodles are not just for pools!|
Your chickens will be safer, happier and you too will enjoy watching them have fun!