The holidays are coming, and you know who you still need to shop for? Your chickens! You may be thinking I’m crazy to suggest this, but buying gifts for chickens is a totally natural thing to do! I mean, people buy gifts for their pets at Christmas time, so why not add your feathery friends to your shopping list?
We’ve put together a list of the very best gifts for chickens, from toys, to treats, to creature comforts that will be sure to please both your flock and YOU! All the gifts on this list will not only please your pets-with-benefits, but will also help you out, either by putting an end to winter chicken boredom, entertaining you, or making your chicken chores way easier in the new year.
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Can’t you just see your hens fighting over who gets to sit on the chicken swing? Our flock goes nuts over their outdoor ladder roosts and perches, I just can’t imaging how much fun they’d have with a swing! This one is definitely on our list for top gifts for chickens!
There’s no better winter time treat than mealworms. You can really spoil your chickens this Christmas with a bag of dried mealworms to fill their bellies! Mealworms are very nutritious and pack a nice protein punch that your birds need when the temperature drops. A five pound bag will last a small flock through the whole winter, what a steal!
Winter can be tough on chickens. The cold and snow cut into their free range time and limit their time in the chicken run. Boredom can quickly set in, and you know what bored chickens love to do? Pick on each other.
If you want to avoid hens getting bullied throughout the winter, this chicken treat ball is the perfect solution! Simply fill it with veggies like cabbage, lettuce, or broccoli, hang it from the ceiling, and watch as your flock entertains themselves for hours, jumping and picking at the treats.
Now, this gift may be more for you than it is for your chickens, but hey, don’t you deserve it!? Get this sweet water fount base and your days of dragging cold, slushy water founts back and forth from the house are long gone!
We personally own this base and have been using it for 6 years without issue. It’s the perfect way to keep your hens hydrated all winter and saving you a lot of pain and frustration dealing with frozen water founts.
The flock block is the ultimate winter treat system! One of these blocks will last our flock of 18 chickens about three winter months as they slowly peck away at it.
This amazing gift is one that’s been on my Christmas list for years! Can you imagine the joy of being able to sleep in past the crack of dawn without the crushing guilt of knowing that your chickens are just pacing the floor, waiting to be let outside? Can you imagine being able to go out to dinner and stay as late as you like without worrying about rushing home to put the chickens to bed? We can! How glorious it would be to let this awesome coop door do all the work for you while you go about your life.
This chicken treat not only has a hilarious name, the chickens absolutely adore it! We toss a mixture of Chicken Crack and mealworms onto the coop floor every morning and the chickens spend all day scratching and pecking to find every little morsel. Keeping chickens busy and moving in the winter is super important for their health and mental well being, and getting a treat like this is a great and inexpensive way to do it!
Want to find out what other treats are great for your flock? Check out our post: The Very Best Healthy Treats for Chickens!
We used to think that nesting pads were for the birds (hah!) and a totally unnecessary luxury item. And, while they aren’t truly necessary, they sure are nice! These pads keep the hens from making a mess in the nest. They can’t kick the bedding out like they can with straw and shavings, and these pads keep the eggs nice and clean until it’s time for you to collect them!
This nesting box blend is the perfect accompaniment to your nesting pads! This blend is antifungal and antibacterial, and they’re organic and non toxic as well! This nesting box blend will help keep your chickens free of pests, and helps to provide a clean and aromatic environment in the nesting box.
Chicken charms are a great way to give your gals some bling! Okay, this is certainly another one that’s more for you than for them, but they’re great none the less! Chicken charms come in really handy for those of you who have a flock of same breed chickens, or have several hens that look identical. You no longer need to guess who is who, you can keep easy track of your flock with these charms!
When I first found out about chicken saddles I thought they were the silliest thing on Earth, then I found out what they were for, and now I think they’re just brilliant! Chicken saddles are perfect for the one or two hens that are, shall we say… favored by the rooster. It protects their backs and wings from the roosters feet, so they can go about their lives pain free!
You can get a set of five chicken saddles in super cute patterns for under $30 on Amazon. Seems like a great deal for the comfort and happiness of your flock!
I hope this list has helped you to find the absolute perfect gift for the chickens in your life! As always, feel free to leave some comments below, we always love to chat chickens with you!