Our girls free range, so the idea of them becoming bored never really crossed my mind. But I know many of you do not free range, so your girls might get a little down in the dumps when it comes to extra activities to do in the run. There are just so many ways to entertain a chicken that not only stimulates them mental but also provides them with the physical activity they might not get being in a run.
When The Chicken Swing arrived, I was skeptical that I could even get a chicken on it. It swayed when hung and I though for sure it would frighten them away. I watched some of the videos on the Fowl Play Products website, and read the instructions which recommends starting your chickens on the swing when they are young. Well heck, I had some chicks in the brooder, so the next time we got them out, I gave it a try.
While both Wanda and Fifi found the "seat" comfortable and they stayed on for a bit, they were both bewildered as to why we had put them there. I tried giving them mealworm treats as they sat on the swing, but neither were interested in food. We were doing fine with them sitting on the swing till the littlest country kid tried to give them a push! *smack forehead* Neither of the girls were thrilled with the push and I had to explain to the littlest country kid that unlike his love of his swing, we were going to have to ease the girls into this new found fun.
The next day we decided to take The Chicken Swing outside and see what our big girls thought of it. It was super easy to hang, and we had it up in less then a minute! As with anything new, their interest was peeked and they came over to investigate. Once again the littlest country kid was impatient. Like I said, he LOVES to swing and just couldn't understand why the chickens weren't all over this new toy. He attempted to place Buffy and Ester on the swing and they both ran for the bushes as soon as he let go of them. Grumpy Goldie on the other hand was patient as he placed her feet on the swing.
And low and behold, we had an adult chicken on our Chicken Swing! Grumpy Goldie is five years old and while they say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, it looks like you can get an old chicken to sit on a swing!!!
While none of our chickens have actually got The Chicken Swing swinging, they seem to enjoy sitting on it. Swinging is a learned thing and I think they just need more time to pick up the art of getting it moving. Lucky for you, the Foul Play Products company has some video of their chickens actually swinging.
I have left The Chicken Swing outside for the last few days, hoping one of the girls would be brave and hop up on her own, but we have been plagued by rain (they refused to come outside) and well the littlest country kid has been hovering in the yard *sigh* not giving them any peace to try it on their own. I am thinking we need to go back to training this years chicks to use it and maybe once the older girls see them on it, they too will become interested.
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