Monday, April 27, 2015

Chicken Treat Feeder

Happy Monday morning everyone! I trust that you all had a good weekend and that you are ready to face the last few days of April. I can't believe it's almost May! Now if only we could get some nice May weather...

Anyways, today I am going to share my newest project with you guys and this one I am especially proud of since I made the whole thing myself! As most of you know, Dan is usually the main project builder and I either hold things or just watch. Basically, I am normally pretty useless.

But after receiving my new Fresh Eggs Daily book from the lovely Lisa who blogs over at Fresh Eggs Daily, I was feeling inspired to spruce up the chicken's run. She recommended making a treat feeder and she even gave instructions on how to do it. I decided it was simple enough to make and Dan encouraged me to try it myself. So I did!

The first step was cutting out the right sized pieces and this involved using the big scary chop saw. I've never used this saw before (or any saw really), but figured that I'd seen Dan make enough cuts over the past few months that I could probably be able to make three tiny cuts. I measured the lengths I needed and got down to business.

And I totally did it all by myself! Aren't you proud of me? I sure am. I don't think that I'm quite ready to take over all the cutting needs, but I was pretty pleased that I faced my fear of power tools and made this project by myself.

Well if I am being completely honest, Dan did help a tiny bit. He made a few suggestions here and there and occasionally held something for me while I assembled, but still, mostly me! So I'm still calling it my solo project.

I also had the help of my instructions from my book, which Dan laughed at. He told me it was a pretty straight forward project and I could probably guess what to do next.

Once my frame was built, I stapled chicken wire around it, leaving the top open to insert treats into. Dan helped hold things straight for this part, since I find the staple gun really hard to use. I'm too weak for it or something.

Overall, this project was pretty simple and only took me a half hour or so. Mostly because I'm slow. So if you want to attempt it, it would probably go faster.

We hung it up in the run and then I got some nice treats for the chickens, a mix of apples, honey dew melon and cantaloupe.

Isn't it a nice treat feeder? I sure think so.

The chickens weren't too sure what to think of it at first and it took a while before they figured out how to work it. But Fuzzy Butt and Sandra soon figured it out and the rest followed suit shortly after.

So there you have it, a nice new treat feeder for my girls (and boys) that I made all by myself. Anyone else been tackling any outdoor projects lately? I have a whole list of stuff to do once the weather warms up a little bit more.


  1. That's awesome! Way to go Jennie! Thank Dan for the cute pics of you. :) My outdoor project was to chop dandelion stems this morning...not nearly as exciting as yours.

  2. I love it!
    It is so awesome to see you starting to do new stuff for your chickens like you had been talking about last time I was down!

  3. Jackie - Good thing Dan was around to photograph my shining moment, eh? Was the chopping of dandelion stems to eat?

    Kristy - I'm pretty excited about all the things I want to do for them! We'll see how much I actually get done. :P

  4. What a great idea. And good for you making it. Must do something like this for my ladies.