No one likes being bored, and that goes for chickens as well! Bored chickens are more prone to start bullying each other, trying to escape the garden or eating eggs. Some also suggest that a bored chicken is more likely to go broody. If you have nothing else to do, why not just stay in bed all day?
You are probably already, without thinking about it, providing your chickens with toys and entertainment. Anything that encourages natural chicken behaviour creates fun for your chickens, even if it’s just perching or pecking for corn. But if you want to give them even more hentertainment – here are some top tips:
Provide perches. We might not see perching on a branch as entertainment, but it’s one of the things chickens love most in the world! Try to vary the perches so that there are a few different sizes at different heights. You could lean a ladder against one side of the run, find some dead branches lying around the park, or use Omlet’s amazingly easy-to-use perches.
Put out heaps of leaves, straw or hay. Chickens hate piles, and will rush straight to it to try and level everything to the ground in search of tasty morsels. It’s yummy if they find anything, and provides them with both entertainment and exercise!
Put up a mirror. Chickens take great pride in their looks, and love checking themselves out, so putting a mirror in the run will most certainly be a hit. However, make sure that the mirror is securely fastened so that it doesn’t fall and hurt your girls, and be careful if you have a cockerel – they really don’t enjoy having another cock in the flock!
Peck toys. Rather than feeding your chickens from a dispenser or a container, you can mix it up and make them work for their treats! Pecking and foraging are natural behaviours for chickens, and they will love Elvis and Rocky, Omlet’s super fun peck toys. They will randomly scatter treats when pecked, and provide mental stimulation for your chickens while also improving flock behaviour!
Chicken specific toys. There are several products on the market that are specifically designed to entertain hens and keep them busy. The Chicken Swing is a must in every chicken run or enclosure, and your pets will love pecking at this Manna Pro Mealworm Medley to get to the treats.
Don’t be scared of change! It’s easy to think you’re finished once you’ve got your coop and your run in place, but chickens really benefit from variation. Maybe you could move your Eglu to a different part of the garden, introduce some hanging toys or get a new dust bath for the chickens to roll around in?
Spend time with them. All chicken keepers know that spending time together with the chickens is both fun and very therapeutic, and the chickens feel the same. Even if they just see you as a rather large food dispenser, they will certainly enjoy having you around.
This entry was posted in Chickens on May 17th, 2018 by sammorley
To celebrate the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle we have produced a
Limited Edition Royal Wedding Eglu Run Cover!
Claim your FREE Royal Wedding Eglu Run Cover this weekend only when you spend over $100!
Enter promo code ‘WEDDING‘ at checkout to automatically add the Free Cover to your basket
Terms and Conditions
The Free Special Edition Royal Wedding Eglu Run Cover is only valid with orders over $100 (excluding shipping) placed on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May. There is limited stock of the Royal Wedding Eglu Shade and will be given to the first 100 customers that place orders across all countries. Please use promo code ‘WEDDING’. The cover measures approximately 80cm x 80cm and comes supplied with bungee hooks so it can be easily attached to your run. It should be used as a sun and wind shade. Subject to availability. Omlet inc. reserves the right to withdraw the offer at any point.
This entry was posted in Offers and Promotions on May 12th, 2018 by sammorley
Barbara is hoping to hatch some eggs but needs your help. How many days should she sit on them if she wants them to hatch?
If you need a clue click here!
Terms and Conditions: The competition closes at 23.59 20th May 2018. To enter please complete the competition entry page on Omlet’s website. The main prize is an Eglu Cube with 6ft run and wheels (choice of color on Eglu, subject to availability) Delivery is included to all US addresses excluding Hawaii and Alaska. The winners will be randomly selected and notified on Monday 21st May. Omlet reserve the right to withdraw the competition at any point. Prizes cannot be transferred to cash. This competition is only open to US residents excluding Hawaii and Alaska.This competition is not open to Omlet employees or members of their immediate families. Likewise, it is not open to the Employees of Omlet Partners who may be involved in promoting this competition. Omlet may cancel or amend any competition, competition information, or these terms and conditions without prior notice. Any changes will be posted either within the competition information or these terms and conditions. All entries must be made using the form on the relevant competition page. No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are lost or delayed, or which are not received for any reason. The winner or winners will be chosen at random from all those entrants who have provided the correct answer or prize-winners will be selected and notified in the manner set out in the competition terms. No prize will be awarded where any entrant has committed any form of misconduct (as determined by Omlet Inc in its sole discretion). Only one entry per household. If you win, we will notify you via the email address you provide when entering the competition. If we do not get a response to the email within one week, the prize will be offered to a runner-up. The prize is not exchangeable for cash or any other prize.By entering the competition you are agreeing to become a subscriber to the Omlet newsletter, if however you wish to not receive newsletter and updates from Omlet you can unsubscribe once you receive initial correspondence from Omlet Inc. Any personal information relating to entrants will be used solely by us in accordance with applicable data protection legislation. Anyone attempting to artificially influence or manipulate the outcome of the competition will be excluded from this and all future Omlet competitions. All prize-winners unconditionally agree (as a condition of accepting any prize) to: the use of their name, one or more photographs of themselves with their prize; and co-operate with or participate in any other reasonable post-competition publicity.
This entry was posted in Competitions on May 11th, 2018 by sammorley