Look at this picture. What do you see?
If you see just a cabbage, you’re thinking way too small. Think outside the box for a moment.
It’s much more than a cabbage. Really.
It’s a low-tech chicken gym. Yep, that’s right.
Don’t believe me?
Let me explain…
First buy a cabbage. This lowly vegetable, made famous on St. Patrick’s Day (although I have heard a rumor that St. Patrick didn’t even eat corned beef and cabbage…but that’s a debate for another time…) and from all the people around the world that constantly decide they want to try to lose weight with the “Cabbage Soup Diet”, is about to be transformed.
You just need some gym transformation tools to get the job done.
First, drill a hole through the middle of the cabbage.
Run a rope through the hole and hang the cabbage in the chicken coop (or, in my case, I hung it in the chicken run).
At first, hang it low enough that the chickens can see and peck at it. You want them to get a taste for it and understand that it’s actually something they can eat.
After you’ve given them some time to nibble, shorten the rope just a tad. Not too much, just over their heads. Low enough they can still get at it, but high enough that they have to stretch or even jump a bit to get it.
Ta DA! Chicken exercise gym in less than 10 minutes.
This trick is great to give your flock something to entertain themselves with during the long, cold, boring winter. If you’re having pecking problems, the novelty of their ‘chicken gym’ will give them something constructive to focus on. Plus, it’s a healthy treat. And it takes very little time and money to make it.
Fresh veggies + Exercise + Distraction + Entertainment = Happy Chickens
Happy Chickens = Happy Chicken Owners!
See, I told you it was more than just a cabbage! I wish I could get my exercise equipment so cheap!