Food·Posted on May 24, 202041 Cheap And Clever DIYs For Happy Healthy ChickensChickens: the gift that keep on giving.by Peggy WangBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Charlotte Gomez / BuzzFeed Pampered Chicken Mama / Hobby Farms / Instructables 1. Make a healthy salad necklace/garland. Lisa Steele / fresheggsdaily.com They actually double as holiday decorations. 2. Use a feather duster to mimic a mama hen's warmth. Facebook: linda.bauderduckworth THIS IS THE CUTEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN. 3. Put some seeds, dried fruits, or veggies in a wiffle ball and let your chickens peck their hearts out. hobbyfarms.com 4. On a hot day, freeze chicken treats in a block of ice. It'll keep 'em happy for hours. fresheggsdaily.com 5. Make "magic water" for your baby chicks — a concoction of warm water, honey, apple cider vinegar, and smashed garlic. thisbeautifulfarmlife.com This healthy concoction will ensure vibrant babies. 6. Turn your chickens into musical geniuses by mounting a toy xylophone. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF youtube.com Or put some cracked corn on a mini toy piano and watch 'em go to town. 7. For a calcium-rich alternative to oyster shells, bake and crush egg shells instead. theprairiehomestead.com Here's how. 8. Build a mess-free chicken feeder with a plastic bucket. instructables.com Your chickens will be like, "Whatever is this palace?" in a British accent. Get the instructions here. 9. Make your own chicken egg incubator for under $20, using a styrofoam crate and a light bulb. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Get the full instructions on how to DIY your own chicken egg incubator here. 10. Keep your chickens healthy with this all-natural, immune-boosting blend that will keep parasites away. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com 11. These PVC chicken feeders are cheap, simple, and actually kind of attractive. sugarmaplefarmhouse.com Instructions: DIY PVC Chicken Feeders 12. Give your chickens a taste of summer with this corn cob on a wire. homesteadlifestyle.com Instructions: "Corn Cob on a Wire" Chicken Treat 13. A simple roasting pan can be turned into a cooling ice bath for your chickens. thecapecoop.com 14. Leftover lobster carcasses make great chicken treats (cooked only). backyardchickens.com This is a great list of what human foods you can and can't feed your chickens. 15. Plant perennials, like currants and gooseberries, for free chicken food. Veronika Viskova / Getty Images Get the full list of chicken-friendly plants you can grow. 16. Hang a pumpkin for your chickens to peck at. Pampered Chicken Mama / thefrugalchicken.com Get full instructions on how to create the hanging pumpkin party ball. 17. You can do something similar with a head of cabbage. youtube.com See how they did it. 18. This might sound wild, but hanging an old CD from twine could keep wild birds like sparrows out of your chicken coop. theprairiehomestead.com Read more about it here. 19. You can hack your chicken eggs to make the yolks more yellow by feeding them marigolds. muranochickenfarm.com You can also feed your chickens certain kinds of vegetables for a richer yolk color, like cabbage, kale, and carrots. Get the full list here. 20. Make a chicken "flock block" that they'll go nuts for. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com They don't call it chicken crack for nothing. Get the ingredients for your own flock block here. 21. Repurpose a rabbit/guinea pig hay ball to create a hanging treat. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Fill 'em up with their favorite veggies or fruit. 22. Use an old wine bottle as a grit feeder. fresheggsdaily.com Get the instructions here. 23. Use some strong tree branches to supplement your chicken gym. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com 24. Put a mirror in the run. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Chickens are vain just like us! It'll keep them entertained for hours. 25. Repurpose old tires to use as easy DIY dust baths. homesteadlifestyle.com 26. Drill some holes into plastic water bottles filled with corn. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Costs barely anything, and they'll be peckin,' peckin' away. 27. Water + vinegar + lemongrass essential oil in a spray bottle is your ultimate DIY chicken coop cleaner and deodorizing spray. stockupexpress.com, jarmazingproducts.com, amazon.com Here's the DIY chicken coop cleaner formula. 28. Freeze corn (or chopped berries) for a yummy summer treat. reddit.com / Via pinterest.com 29. This DIY no-waste feeder cost less than $25 and took less than 20 minutes to put together. blog.mypetchicken.com Get the full instructions at My Pet Chicken. 30. Make an A-frame cover for your chickens' water cooler so that 💩 doesn't get in their water. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com No one likes drinkin' poop bits, not even chickens. 31. Use an old tent and bring your hens inside when the winter gets too rough. reddit.com This Reddit user keeps the tent in the garage. 32. Use sturdy nylon rope and a log to DIY a chicken swing. youtube.com Watch it in action. 33. Grow sprouts from seeds is a low-cost way to get lots of nutrition into your chickens' feed. fresheggsdaily.blog See how she did it here. 34. Throw in a rotting tree stump for an easy DIY chicken perch. Narapornm / Getty Images 35. Fill empty kitty litter buckets or ice buckets with pine shavings to create nest boxes. muranochickenfarm.com Get the instructions from Murano Chicken Farm. 36. Get a feeder off the ground by using a vinyl gutter segment and cement blocks. backyardchickens.com 37. A metal grate + cable ties acts as a DIY chicken feeder. etsy.com You can also purchase this one from Etsy for $18. 38. Know what chicken-friendly plants you can grow alongside your chickens. dessertsforbreakfast.com Plants like cabbage and basil will improve your flock and help your chickens get the vitamins they need. Get a full list of chicken-friendly plants. 39. Make a really inexpensive swinging treat holder. florassippigirl.blogspot.com You can also watch how to make this on Florassippi Girl's YouTube channel. 40. Make a fodder system using cheap plastic bins from Target. pinterest.com Instructions from the Pin: "Fodder system... This is a great idea. Buy three sets of 3-drawer storage bins from Target $8.99 each = $24. Drill holes in the bottom of all drawers except very bottom (3 inch spacing). Mark each drawer 1/2 inch from the bottom. This is the max fill line for seed. Water top once to twice daily and let water run down through the rest. Empty lower drawer before watering again. Start one drawer each day to have a new flat of fodder every day." 41. Finally, I have to include this egg-gathering apron as one of the coolest DIYs for chicken owners. etsy.com Get the crochet pattern for $4 on Etsy. What do you do to keep your chickens happy and healthy? Tell us in the comments!