DIY Chicken Swing: Easy Entertainment for Your Hens 8


Feed your chickens for free

By Loriel, contributing writer

I never thought I’d care about an animals’ well-being like I do with my chickens.

Lilly cat can roam free and do things that satisfy her crazy little cat soul like bolt through the yard and climb up a tree as if she has part monkey in her. My chickens, however, are a whole different story.

I currently live on less than 3/4 of an acre without a dividing fence at the property line (this is something Scott and I are both hoping will happen this year), so when we built our chicken coop we had to keep those things in mind. Our enclosed run and coop is 8 feet wide by 17 feet long. The inside of their coop is fairly large, but if you’ve ever raised chickens before, you know that they tear their space up quickly.

Desolate area = no bugs = bored chickens.

Or at least that’s what I think and therefore worry about. I can’t have bored chickens!

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Thinking creatively, I was inspired to create a chicken swing. That had to be the solution, right?

I turned to my backyard for materials to create a DIY chicken swing without going to the store or spending any money. The broken down chain link fence on the south side of our property is overgrown with small trees. (This was the only time I’ve been thankful for our messy fence line.) I scouted the fence line and there it was — the perfect branch for a chicken swing.

With a rusty old saw and some elbow grease, I sawed the tree down. With help of my husband of course. Lots of help — like 80% of the work help. 🙂

Side note: If you don’t have a small tree hanging around, look up to see if any trees in your yard could use some trimming.

Making a chicken swing

You’ll need:

  • a 3′ length of wood (roughly)
  • Saw
  • Rope (1/2″ in diameter)
  • Drill (a cordless drill is handy)
  • Drill bit (5/8″) use a bit larger than the size of your rope
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • An extra pair of hands

Saw down your tree branch or gather alternative materials for the swing (think: scrap wood). Shave off the ends. Don’t leave any pieces of wood that could hurt your chickens.

Next, drill holes on both ends of the tree branch (you want your drill bit to be a bit larger than the circumference of the rope you’re using).

Make a DIY chicken swing from items you probably already have on hand. Instant entertainment!

Figure out how long you want your swing to be. Measure and cut your rope to the length desired. Be sure to give yourself at least a foot extra for tying knots and attaching to your structure. Feed one piece of rope through one end of your tree branch and tie a good knot. Repeat for the other end.

Make a DIY chicken swing from items you probably already have on hand. Instant entertainment!

Using your extra pair of hands, have one person hold the swing so you can attach it to an upper beam on your chicken coop. Tie the knot securely and do the same for the other side. Push down on the swing to make sure your knots will not come undone.

Next, marvel at your piece of art work and anxiously and impatiently hope one of your chickens will jump up and start swinging.

Make a DIY chicken swing from items you probably already have on hand. Instant entertainment!

Everyone wants to see their chickens swing, right?

Or, if you’re like my husband, you can try and give a loving nudge and show your chickens how it’s done.

Naturally LorielLoriel is on a journey to a more natural life and hopes to inspire those around her by writing about her stories on her blog Naturally Loriel. She lives an abundant life with her husband Scott, toddler Andrew, a crazy little Lilly cat, and a flock of 8 chickens. She’s a dreamer of self-sufficiency, a lover of all things sweet, and has a knack for story-telling. All photos courtesy of Loriel.


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8 thoughts on “DIY Chicken Swing: Easy Entertainment for Your Hens

  • Marie

    Did they like the swing? Mine like perches, but I haven’t noticed that they’re crazy about perches that move.

    • Loriel

      Marie, I’m pretty sure I saw the swing moving back and forth from one of them but I haven’t caught them in the action yet. Maybe I need to bring some new girls on that are more spunky!

  • Malia @ Small Town Girl

    That is the cutest coolest thing EVER!! I love this. I don’t have chickens but want to in the future. Pinned for later 🙂

  • Doug Newman

    I had one similar to what you made only it was about 9 feet long and was a Forked branch with three ropes.. I found that my Guinea hens and a couple of my Flying Chickens were the only ones that used it and I think it was because They all had the capability flight and had no fear in flying off or landing on it..
    At night the Guinea hens would dominate it, and stay on it rather than go in the coop,, unless it was going to Rain,, Then they became coop birds on their own,, and I never found their predictions to be wrong..
    —30—

  • Jennifer Connell

    It is so nice to see people joining me in getting chickens swinging! Thank you for helping me get the word out by sharing my patented and copyrighted idea with a DIY swing. Providing your chickens a range of activities is stimulating for them and the people who care for them. I love DYI ideas! I can’t help but suggest ways to improve design, for more successful swinging. If you added some 4″ eye hooks ( use a washer and large bolt on underside, to keep it from coming loose) then tied the rope to the eye bolts, it would provide it more stability. If you are going to use a long branch like that, you could also use something over the rope, tube or something, to keep it from looping on dismount, and possibility of snagging a bird in it. To take out the spin after dismount ,or if a chicken jumped up on one side, you could add a cross member. though chickens love back and forth.Spin can scare them.Love your blogs. Good luck coopers! – Jennifer Connell