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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Plastic Easter Egg Scratch Treat Balls


Plastic Easter eggs are a wonderful way to teach young pullets where to lay their eggs. Leave a few in the nesting boxes and they will soon catch on.  But when you're done with the eggs, don't toss them in the trash.  Here's a simple way to re-use them as treat balls for the chickens.


In the cold months there aren't any bugs or weeds for the chickens to root out, and boredom in the run can become a problem. These little treat balls can offer an easy solution.

Materials Needed:

Plastic Easter eggs
Dremel tool (or electric drill)

Carefully drill a hole in one end of each egg and enlarge it to about 1/4" in diameter with your Dremel tool or drill.  The holes don't need to be perfect, but be sure there aren't any rough edges, and rinse the eggs when you are done to remove any tiny pieces of plastic.

Fill each egg with scratch, cracked corn, sunflower seeds or another grain.  Scratch is especially beneficial during the winter because it helps warm up chickens' bodies. [Read more here]  Of course these new egg 'toy's will be met with skepticism by your hens at first.....


But they will soon figure out that if they kick the eggs around, treats fall out! Trust me, the six egg treat balls I made kept our gang of 22 busy all afternoon.  



9 comments:

  1. Love this idea! but i'm worried that it will teach my hens to peck real eggs. What do you think?

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    1. I have been doing this for months for mine and never had any problem with egg eating. I also crush up eggshells for them and if I break an egg down at the barn, I just give it to them to eat - they haven't put it all together yet. If you are concerned tho - you can use a plastic berry box instead. They love that too!

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    2. Oooh yes naughty girls! No plastic eggs for them then! Yes the berry boxes are great because the chickens can even see the scratch through the plastic and the boxes already have holes in them.

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  2. your idea is wonderful.i like your post.
    Thanx for shaing us.

    Girls Dresses

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  3. What a novel idea! I'll have to make a note of that so I can use when I get some chickens.

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  4. What a good idea! I never would have thought of that in a million years!!

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  5. @farmlife chick - I was thinking the exact same thing. It's a great idea, but I don't think I would use egg shaped/sized things for them to kick around.

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    1. If you're concerned you can use a plastic berry box instead. They love that too.

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  6. Thanks Lisa! I will look into a berry box. The reason for my concern was because We have had problems with our hens eating the eggs in the past. They are kind of naughty;).

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