Chicken Swing





Introduction: Chicken Swing

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Chickens are terrific pets. One of the many reasons they are so much fun includes the fact that they are curious creatures. Unfortunately, when chickens get bored, they tend to pick on each other. It's important to keep them busy. A simple addition to any coop is a chicken swing. A company called Foul Play Products manufactures and sells a high quality swing (made in the USA). I encourage you to visit their site HERE. They have a unique design that allows the natural perching action of the chicken to actually pump the swing.

It's a two step process... building the swing and mounting the swing.

Step 1: Find a Branch

Wooden Branch
Hand Saw
Drill (for pre-drilling holes)
Bungee Cords (x 2)
Chain or Rope (length will vary)
"S" hooks
Lag screws with eye (x 2)
  • Find a branch for the chickens to grab onto. The branch should be between 16" - 24" long and have a diameter of 1" - 2". The branch does not need to be perfectly straight.
  • Cut the branch to size. Trim off any broken or pointy bits.
  • Optional: Shave off bark.

Step 2: Add Hardware to Limb

  • Pre-drill holes at each end of the branch (match the size of the hardware you have).
  • Make sure to stop and smell the cedar.
  • I used 3/4" x 4.5" lag screws with an eye. Why not attach the chain/rope directly to the swing? I find the extra hardware helps with the swinging action and also helps keep the swing more stable for when the chickens hop on and off.

Step 3: Add Bungee to Hardware

"S" hooks were used to attach the bungee cords to the lag screw eyes. The stiff bungee prevents the swing from over-swinging.

A second branch can be used approximately 24" above the swing to prevent the swing from twisting.

Step 4: Mount the Swing

Hang the swing and enjoy watching your chickens have fun. It's good to introduce the swing when they are young so that they know what to do when you move them outside.



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Clever! Two questions: did you build your tractor, and if, so, do you have plans? Also, what's the smokestack-looking pvc pipe coming out of the tractor on the roofed side?Oops; I guess that's three questions!

If you look closely, you can tell It's a feeder. The top cap can come off, letting you access the feed. It's a great idea, especially if you have chickens who tend to make a mess and doo in everything. We have a similar system for supplements for our goats, and it works great!

I'm guessing that is the crack pipe. It is a really nice tractor... hope he posts the plans!

The pipe is actually a periscope for when the coop converts into a submarine. I purchased the plans from someone locally. You can find them at


I don't believe you. I think you are putting chicken crack in there.

Hey, I purchased the plans from and built the coop with my 7th graders under very close supervision. The plans are easy enough to follow, but I had to complicate things by making the coop two feet longer. The coop plans only include the portion with the wooden walls at the top. My students designed the extension so that there would be more height to allow for the swings. They also designed the feeder (that pvc pipe). I created an ible for the feeder. You can search "Easy PVC chicken feeder" to find it. I also added a "feed meter" to determine how much food is left without having to take off the top each time. I got the idea from flodato who posted "PVC chicken feeder with meter".

Please let me know the best height to hang the swing off of the ground? Thanks! Awesome plans!

That is so cool! I hope to make it when I get chickens.

Thanks! It's good to start them swinging when they're young. It's so much fun to watch them when they figure it out and always a conversation starter.

Those chickens are really beautiful. Are there many types of breeds?