Boredom Busters For Hens!

Just like us, hens get bored quickly if they don’t have stimulation. They love new ideas and activities, so here are just a few to keep them hen-tertained. Get in touch and let us know if you’ve tried anything we haven’t mentioned here! Email us at or message us on Facebook!

Here are some easy ways to keep your hens from boredom:

  • Hang up treat dispensers so your girls can help themselves whenever they fancy. There are lots of great nutritional treat products available for your hens. We also have a great recipe for Homemade Seed Block that your hens can enjoy pecking at!
  • Cabbages, sweet potatoes or other vegetables can be hung up with a piece of string through the middle which your hens will enjoy. Just make sure you take it straight from shop to coop, avoiding your kitchen as it is illegal to feed scraps or any food to your hens from a non-vegan kitchen.  For more information please see our page on feeding hens.
hens enjoying hung up vegetables to reduce boredom
  • Hang up a CD – hens love shiny things much like budgies like mirrors. By hanging up some CDs around the run or garden, your hens can have lots of fun.
  • Empty small plastic bottles filled with corn will keep your girls entertained for the house. Simply puncture a few holes in it so that the corn can fall out as they move it around, easily getting rid of any boredom!
  • Hay/straw – if you have a big enough area pop a bale inside the coop. The hens will then have something to jump on and off. They may pluck the straw out too which will give them scratching material.  If you have a smaller area put some straw inside a hay net so your girls can peck to while away the hours. However, please be aware that some hens may eat more straw than is good for them, so keep an eye on this and remove if you are in any doubt.
  • Similarly to hay bails, installing a perch will also give your hens some fun as they also like to jump on and off them!

These tips can be used for the coop, your garden and even indoors. if you’d like more information in how to occupy your hens while in the house, we have a great page on keeping your hens safe and happy whilst under a housing order.

If you’d like advice on your hen’s health, why not visit our Hen Health page, where we discuss important things to look for in your hen’s health, whether its personality or physical symptoms. Or, head to our Hen Examination Guidelines where we can show you where to find things like the crop or the wattle.

If you need to seek medical advice, click here to find your nearest Hen Friendly Vet.
You can also call Hen Central on 01884 860084 to speak to one of our rehoming assistants.

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