I've always felt bad keeping my girls penned up even though they have a HUGE run for just the two of them. So I'm always on the hunt for ways to amuse them during the day. I have no idea where this metal spike came from or what it's suppose to be used for. I can't tell you how many times I almost tossed it out over the years we've lived her because it was just taking up space.
But I use it ALL the time now to give treats to the hens. I you can't find one like this, go to the irrigation dept. of your hardware store and you'll find large U shaped hooks used to anchor drip irrigation lines in place. Those will work great too.
Below is a Black Oiled Sunflower head that I saved from this summer. I grew a bunch of these and when the flowers were done, and before the squirrels could get them, I cut them and dried them in the sun (under a protective cage, again so the squirrels couldn't get them).
And once a week or so I'll put one out for the hens.
|Black Oiled Sunflower Seed head spiked into the ground inside the girls run.|
|And about an hour later, this is all that's left. The seeds are pretty tight in the flower head so it |
can take them a bit to work them out. Once they get it started though, it disappears pretty quickly.