Straw bales
Enrichment type:
Items Required:
straw bale, hay bale

Straw Bales

Providing chickens with straw or hay bales is an inexpensive method of environmental enrichment that improves the quality of life for the birds. Research conducted by Kells et al., 2001, found that when birds were provided with bales, they would perch on them and cluster around them.

method of providing an elevated area for poultry to use to perch on. Just be mindful to discard the bales before they get moldy.


  1. Kells, A., Dawkins, M. S., Borja, M. C. 2001. The effect of a "Freedom Food" enrichment on the behaviour of broilers on commercial farms. Animal Welfare 10, 347-356.