If it’s driving you crazy….

11 03 2016

IMG_2757…the answer is ‘chicken enrichment’!

It is a clockwork fish feeder. When wound up, over several hours it slowly dispenses a gradual trickle of whatever treats are placed on top of its moving belt (in our case mealworms, raisins and chopped boiled egg; yep, it turns out that hens love egg…).

The balloon? This acts as a curved deflector to make sure treats ping about everywhere, not just falling in one spot to be monopolized by any ‘boss hen’ who gets wise to what’s happening. It’s also cheap and stuck on with duct tape (a lab tradition).

And here is one of our hens, curious to hear what we were talking about.