We have four lovely chickens and two ducks. Lately, I’ve noticed the chickens seem a little bored. The ducks spend most of the day happily swimming in the pond. I keep finding the chickens standing on the steps to the duck pond just looking in. I don’t expect the chickens to take up swimming. Instead, I made them a swing.
I’ve seen chicken swings on the web before and the design seemed simple enough for me to make. I found a branch about the diameter they like to perch on and long enough they could all sit on it at once. I simply tied some rope to each end of the branch and then tied the other end to a branch on the apple tree growing in their run.
The chickens paid no attention to the swing, so we put the “queen” chicken, Pearl, on the swing first. She is very calm and doesn’t seem to mind being handled. Pearl sat on the swing for a bit then jumped off. We put each of the other chickens on the swing one at a time. Pearl is the only one who will sit on it for any length of time. I believe they will warm up to it and I feel better that they have something else to do besides watching the ducks swim.