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Toys for Chickens: Enrichment for Your Pet Hen

Toys for Chickens
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Chicken toys stimulate your pet pullet or cockerel. They provide entertainment to alleviate boredom as well as enrich your hen’s life with chicken coop toys.

Chickens are quite intelligent and love to play games. The toys they like fall into three main categories: food toys, bright toys, and perching toys.

Bestseller No. 1
Vehomy Chicken Toys for Hens with Mirrors Chicken Wood Mirror Toy with Bell for Chicks Hens Roosters
  • Design: Vehomy chicken mirrors toys were designed suspension hook and both side mirrors, make it easy to hang it in any chicken coop and cage.
  • Size: the chicken toy is total 41cm/ 16.1inches long, suitable for all breeds and ages of chickens to use in the coop, also suitable for birds parrots.
  • Materials: Vehomy Chicken mirror toys are made of natural wood and acrylic mirrors, non-toxic and harmless, safe for your pet birds to play and peck. The both sides mirros were covered by protective film, please peel off it before used the chicken mirror toy.
  • Function: Chickens are inherently combative, especially for roosters. The mirror toy lets your rooster peck at himself in the mirror, makes him feel less lonely and reduce boring. The bells provide even more mental and physical stimulation.
  • Package Including: 1 x chicken mirrors toy for Hens, 3 x hang decorations. Before used it, please hang the decorations onto the mirror toy.
Bestseller No. 2
Horse Toys , Rubber Chicken Squeaky Play Fetch, Reduce Separation Anxiety,Horse Play Ball Soccer Ball.for Medium or Large Pet Breeds Dog
  • Highly addictive trainer's choice for fetching, bonding and to calm down nervous horse.
  • Designed to trigger natural fetching instinct with improved focus, our hand painted details and colors last much longer.
  • Safe, durable, non toxic washable latex rubber for all size and breeds, indoor and outdoor use.
  • With squawking sound at every bite, your horse will love to play with it even when you are absent.
  • 11" X 3.15 ", 5Ozs. Hefty enough for long distance play.
Bestseller No. 3
Vehomy Chicken Xylophone Toy for Hens Suspensible Wood Xylophone Toy with 8 Metal Keys Chicken Coop Pecking Toy with Grinding Stone (Rainbow Color)
  • Funny Chicken Toy: The xylophone toy is special designed for chickens. There are two chains with hooks that can be hung in the chicken coop. When your chicken pecks at it, it makes beautiful sounds. On the bottom of the xylophone, there is a floral grinding stone that is rich in mineral for the chicks to peck and play with.
  • Size and Material: The chicken xylophone toy for hens consists of wood base and metal keys. The body of the xylophone is 24*12*3cm/9.4*4.7*1.2inches. The Chains are 30cm/11.8inches long.
  • Function: Chickens are always attracted by crisp sounds and bright colors. This toy can provide fun for chickens by pecking it and relieve their boredom.
  • Package Including: 1x chicken xylophone toy with a floral molar stone and 2x chains.
  • Best Gift: Our Suspensible Xylophone toy is not only suitalbe for chickens to peak but also for other large birds such as Parrots African Grey Macaws Eclectus Amazona. The best gift choice for your pets.

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Guide to buying toys for chickens

Chicken Entertainment: Bring on the Food Toys

Every chicken has a different personality, but all chickens love food.

Some of the most exciting games your chickens can play involve looking for food or getting food out of a difficult place.

An extremely popular chicken toy involves nothing more than a cabbage suspended from a rope.

You can find feeders that will let you hang vegetables away from dirt and hay. Experiment with squashes, lettuce, and other kinds of produce.

If you buy a suspension toy, look for something that is easy to refill, can hold an entire head of lettuce, and won’t break if subjected to pecking.

Another type of food toy is a ball meant to be filled with seeds. When pecked at, the ball rolls around and dispenses seeds from a small hole.

If you can’t find this type of toy meant specifically for chickens, try looking in the dog toy section. There are many heavy-duty treat dispensers meant for pups that will suit your chickens quite well.

Don’t forget to purchase multiple treat dispensers if you have more than a few chickens. You don’t want them to fight over just one.

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Chicken Enrichment: Grab a Hen’s Attention with a Bright Toy

Like most birds, chickens are extremely drawn to shiny and reflective things.

Chickens also like things that jingle and move around. Look for key rings, pinwheels, and other sparkling and fun decorations.

Make sure all toys are safe to use. There should be no sharp edges or parts that can break off and be swallowed.

Children’s safety mirrors have glass that won’t break easily. Your chickens may enjoy looking at their reflection or pecking at the mirror.

Some chickens like brightly colored objects. Others like things that they can grab and move with their beaks. Balls, colored blocks, and small ropes may appeal to your chicken. Try baby toys that have been designed for safety.

Any toys intended for pet birds may be suitable for chickens. In particular, look for hanging mobiles or garlands of wooden blocks.

When shopping, look for toys that can’t be easily destroyed by pecking.

Chicken Activity Center: Perching Toys

A perch is something that your chickens can sit on. It raises them up and lets them look out across the yard.

Stumps, tires, sawhorses, and other sturdy objects make good perches and exist as good DIY chicken toys.

You can also buy a perch designed specifically for chickens. Look for something that can comfortably hold the weight of multiple chickens at once.

Many perches simulate a tree branch with a bar for your chickens to grab with their feet. Others offer a flat surface for chickens to stand on. Your chickens may prefer one perch over another.

A chicken swing is a popular type of perch. Some chickens love the gentle rocking movement of a swing. If your chickens have never used a swing before, you may need to help them become comfortable with it.

If you buy a chicken swing, make sure you hang it from a stable place. Check the ropes frequently for signs of fraying.

Find the best chicken toys in 2022 on Amazon.