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Chickens are all the rage right now. I have so many friends who have little coops, and they have filled them with chickens.
Many of them want the fresh eggs, but some just like those feathery beasts.
If you want to give your chicken a little bit of exercise, and maybe work a bit on its natural foraging skills, you can make it a hanging cabbage treat.
They are quite easy to make. We found a tutorial for making one of these cabbage exercisers on the CityGirlFarminBlog, but it’s really as simple as putting a hole in a cabbage.
You just gather up a drill, or even a screwdriver, a head of cabbage, and some rope. You also need a way to hang the cabbage when you are done.
Take the drill or screwdriver, and carefully make a hole in the cabbage. Just drill straight down the middle, or shove the screwdriver through the middle of the cabbage.
Then you stick the rope through the hole. Secure the rope on one end — a big old knot should do it — and have the length of the rope coming out the other end.
Now you hang the rope, with the cabbage hanging down for the chickens to peck.
Make sure you made the cabbage low enough so the chickens can see it, and peck it to their content.
It is important to note that you need to monitor your chickens while they are using their cabbage treat. You wouldn’t want any chicken accidents to happen.
You can shorten the cabbage just a bit, after your chickens get the hang of the cabbage. This will make them have to work for their treat just a little bit.
If making this hanging treat just seems like more work than you want to do, you can also get this version from Amazon. You simply hang it up, and put the cabbage inside. Boom, done!