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Best Boredom Busters To Keep Your Chickens Busy!

Written by Outpost Buidlings on January 12th, 2018.      0 comments

Make sure your hens have some fun this summer with these great ideas.

When chickens have little to keep them amused, they will often turn to pecking at themselves and one another- an unhealthy habit that can cause feather loss, injury and animosity among your flock.

Straw, hay bale or lawn clippings

Putting a bale or pile of straw, grass clippings or hay in the chicken coop or run will keep your girls entertained for hours - they are not a fan of piles! Watch as they scratch and peck through the pile searching for insects, seeds and other hidden goodies until there is a pile no more.

Hang something for them to peck at

Use a piece of string and hang something for your hens to peck at. Some ideas to use are cucumber, cabbage, cauliflower or broccoli. Dodging and pecking at the hanging treat will be a fun game for your flock, and provide them with a healthy boost of greens!

Mirror in the coop

Add a mirror to your backyard coop is a great way to keep your chooks from getting bored. Your curious girls will happily keep entertained by pecking at their reflection and checking themselves out to make sure they are looking their best!

Give your hens something to peck at

If your girls are deserving of a treat, a Poultry Pecker is the answer. It will provide them with a mix of treats and nutritious ingredients alike, as well as giving them something to peck at rather than one another. Outpost sell Poultry Peckers for just $9.95 each buy online now >

Extra perches or a swing!

Chickens love to perch, giving them new perches so they can see a different view will make them happy. Adding extra perches outside will allow your girls to get a different perspective of the great outdoors. If you want to get really creative, use pieces of wood, branches or even ladders to make your girls their own jungle gym- or even make them a chicken swing! A chicken swing can be made easily with some rope and a small branch, just hang it up low enough so they can get onto it easily and wait until they figure it out!
Outpost Buildings sell a great range of accessories for your chickens such as pellet feeders, water fonts, chicken treats, smite powder & oyster grit. Check out the range of products for your hens online now

What should I feed my hens?

Written by Outpost Buildings on October 19th, 2016.      0 comments

What do chooks eat?

Kitchen and vegetable garden scraps can be given to chickens everyday, ideally as a supplement to good quality poultry pellets. Weeds also have high nutritional value, but avoid giving them weed types that are unfamiliar to you or that may have had pesticide added. Potato skins are poisonous to hens so don’t feed them raw potato or potato peels.

Chickens are not vegetarians. They love eating meat. Chooks will forage for insects, slugs and worms and they will strip the meat off bones, catch mice and eat dinner meat leftovers to get their protein.

Pellets are an efficient, cost effective food source which are easy for birds to pick up and swallow. When buying pellets remember that cheaper feed with lower levels of crude protein will not give your hens what they need to be top producers. Commercial poultry feed has a shelf life of around 12 weeks, so keep it fresh. Try not to use different feed brands, or you could upset their laying routine.


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