8 Simple Boredom Busters for Urban Chickens

8 Simple Boredom Busters for Urban Chickens
By Jodi Helmer – Robert Litt makes sure the six hens foraging, roosting, and scratching in the backyard coop and run of his Portland, Oregon home are never bored. In urban chicken farming, boredom leads to undesirable behavior: Hens might pluck their feathers or peck at each other, causing injuries. “If kept exclusively in a small coop and run setup, urban flocks tend to rapidly exhaust the entertainment possibilities in their environment,” explains Litt, founder of Urban Farm Store and co-author of A Chicken in Every Yard. To keep urban hens happy, it’s essential to provide opportunities for enrichment, including novel materials, entertaining experiences, and puzzles to solve. Try these eight boredom busters for happier hens. 1. Switch Chicken Feed Swapping out bulkier layer pellets for crumble is a simple trick for keeping hens entertained in their coop. Make a “puzzle feeder” out of a water bottle: Drill several half-inch holes in

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