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Do you have a bunch of bored, out-of-shape chickens on your hands? Then this could be the DIY solution you’ve been looking for. Chicken owners have been making their own hanging cabbages to place in their chicken coops or runs, which are designed to stimulate chickens’ natural foraging instincts and help them get a workout by offering a challenging feeding source. They’re especially useful during the winter when your chickens are all cooped up, so to speak.
It’s actually super easy to make your own hanging cabbage; you just need to gather up a cabbage, a drill, and a piece of rope, according to this tutorial from the blog City Girl Farming, which calls the set-up a “low tech chicken gym.”
Additionally, this forum on BackyardChickens.com has some alternative DIY ideas, including using an apple corer, a metal coat hanger, and a landscape nail.