Chicken pecking paddle and whistles are traditional wooden toys for children. Hand carved, hand painted made in Russia. How works chicken paddle: There are 5 chickens whose beaks are pointing down, ready to peck their food. There is a small wooden ball attached to 5 strings that hangs from the bottom of the paddle. You grab the wooden handle and to make the chickens peck their food you slowly twirl the paddle in a circular motion. This makes the ball swirl around on the bottom of the paddle and the chickens go up and down and peck their food in the center of the board!