Mar 22, 2014

DIY Chicken Feeder for Brooder, Infirmary or Maternity Ward

I ran out of chicken feeders recently and had an Ah-HA! moment that led me to create feeders from recycled plastic bottles. For a variety of reasons including frostbite, quarantine, feather picking injuries and brooding new baby chicks, I have had a basement full of chickens in rabbit cages, dog kennels and pet carriers for months.
I ran out of chicken feeders recently and had an Ah-HA! moment that led me to create feeders from recycled plastic bottles. For a variety of reasons including frostbite, quarantine, feather picking injuries and brooding new baby chicks, I have had a basement full of chickens in rabbit cages, dog kennels and pet carriers for months. As a result of the growing basement census, I found myself short on traditional chick feeders and while cleaning pine shavings out of the brooder feeder and filling the poultry nipple waterer, inspiration struck. If soda bottles could be hung as waterers, why not as feeders? I figured the chickens wouldn't be able to kick bedding into them or poop in them as easily and they'd free up floor space too. Bonus! It took me 3 minutes to make two chicken feeders from one bottle and I'm going to show you how!
So, here are the 'before' pictures of the temporary basement residents with issues as of late:
Bertha, the Partridge Cochin we bought at the Northeastern Poultry Congress in January was in quarantine.
 Bertha, the Partridge Cochin we bought at the Northeastern Poultry Congress in January was in quarantine.
Thelma & Louise, Dark Cornish pullets also purchased at the poultry show, shared quarantine space next to Bertha.
Thelma & Louise, Dark Cornish pullets also purchased at the poultry show, shared quarantine space next to Bertha.
 Blaze (Black Copper Marans rooster) has been in the infirmary while his frostbitten comb healed. Calista Flockheart & Ally McBeak (Tolbunt Polish Frizzle hens) shared the dog kennel with Blaze for a couple of weeks due to cabin-fever induced feather picking of their heads by flock members.
Blaze (Black Copper Marans rooster) has been in the infirmary while his frostbitten comb healed. Calista Flockheart & Ally McBeak (Tolbunt Polish Frizzle hens) shared the dog kennel with Blaze for a couple of weeks due to cabin-fever induced feather picking of their heads by flock members.
 The 3 week old brooder chicks moved from my office to the basement recently and I had to put their feeder on the EcoGlow Warmer because they kept burying it in pine shavings.
The 3 week old brooder chicks moved from my office to the basement recently and I had to put their feeder on the EcoGlow Warmer because they kept burying it in pine shavings.
Thelma, Louise and Bertha graduated to the dog kennel in the chicken coop during the integration period. I wish I had a nickel for every time they knocked over their feeder.
Thelma, Louise and Bertha graduated to the dog kennel in the chicken coop during the integration period. I wish I had a nickel for every time they knocked over their feeder.
Ready to build a chicken feeder with me? Blink and you'll miss it!
Chicken Feeder made from recycled plastic bottles.
MATERIALS
a clean, plastic bottle with cap (water, soda, juice, etc.)
utility shears or serrated knife
paper punch wire for hanging
(I recommend wire, not the string shown as string could be untied and eaten)
Using utility shears or a serrated knife, cut a clean plastic bottle in half. Smooth out any rough or sharp edges with shears. For chicks, it's best to cut each half even shorter so that they can reach the feed at the bottom of the bottle.
Using utility shears or a serrated knife, cut a clean plastic bottle in half. Smooth out any rough or sharp edges with shears. For chicks, it's best to cut each half even shorter so that they can reach the feed at the bottom of the bottle. If the edge is sharp, file it down or use a flame (lighter, candle) to warm & melt the raw edge slightly to dull the sharp edge.
Using utility shears or a serrated knife, cut a clean plastic bottle in half. Smooth out any rough or sharp edges with shears. For chicks, it's best to cut each half even shorter so that they can reach the feed at the bottom of the bottle.
 With paper punch, punch holes along the top edge of each bottle.
With paper punch, punch holes along the top edge of each bottle.
Cut a U-shaped notch in the front of the feeder.
Cut a U-shaped notch in the front of the feeder.
 Thread wire through two of the holes and hang the feeder at back-height of the chicken(s).
 Easy peasy, right?
Thread wire through two of the holes and hang the feeder at back-height of the chicken(s).
I cut the bottle feeder shorter than shown so the chicks could reach the feed at the bottom. I have several feeders hung in the brooder to allow everyone who'd like to eat at the same time that opportunity.
I ended up cutting the bottle feeder even shorter so the chicks could reach the feed at the bottom. I have several feeders hung in the brooder to allow everyone who'd like to eat at the same time that opportunity.
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325 comments :

  1. Melanie Clark McGaha3/22/14, 8:59 PM

    wonderful!! my babies are wasting LOTS of food!!

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  2. Marni Leigh3/22/14, 9:00 PM

    What a great idea!

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  3. Alicia Charmbury3/22/14, 9:04 PM

    It would nice to be a winner.

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  4. Marie Bouchard Gouldsbury3/22/14, 9:05 PM

    Always the best info!!!

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  5. April Halverson3/22/14, 9:05 PM

    Love These Ideas :)

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  6. Great ideas! Time to start saving bottles!

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  7. Shel Reitmajer3/22/14, 9:07 PM

    Great idea for a feeder for people with not much money!

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  8. Lisa Aucoin Clayton3/22/14, 9:07 PM

    Great idea!

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  9. Sue Leighton3/22/14, 9:08 PM

    I'm going to try this tomorrow! !

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  10. Rose Zamarocy3/22/14, 9:10 PM

    Love the idea!!!

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  11. Dennis Doyle3/22/14, 9:17 PM

    Kathy, you have so many creative ways to take care of chickens!! Thanks for all the great information!

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  12. Cheryl Lindsay3/22/14, 9:19 PM

    Great idea, if I run out of feed bowls that attach to cages!

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  13. Janice Ruperto3/22/14, 9:22 PM

    I am starting my first flock of laying hens. I would really enjoy this giveaway...I've been using the treats to bond with my babies!
    P.S. I love the plastic bottle idea! Going to make some tomorrow.

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  14. Renee Mitchell Loveland3/22/14, 9:25 PM

    I would love to win this for my chicken they would be the happiest chickens in town

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  15. Sweet idea, Kathy!

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  16. Mindy 'Fred' VanSickle3/22/14, 9:29 PM

    I love it!! what a great way to re-use bottles that are just floating around and they will be easy to keep clean too, I will have to remember this if the need comes to our chickens. Thanks for posting this! Mindy.

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  17. Cyn Van Antwerp3/22/14, 9:31 PM

    very cool recycling idea! sure beats the feeder on top of a brick that i had!

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  18. Gail Koehling3/22/14, 9:31 PM

    Awesome making one in the morning. I love how easy that was and how you can wire them wherever you need! Thanks!

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  19. Amanda Norton Kehoe3/22/14, 9:41 PM

    I ♥ your aaha moments! How clever.

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  20. Catherine Ghering3/22/14, 9:43 PM

    Thanks for the great ideas and information!!!! I'm new at this but I'm lovin' it!!!

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  21. Thanks for such a simple idea.

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  22. Lisa Andresen3/22/14, 10:05 PM

    We have cut down and used milk jugs. The handle is a sturdy structure and a zip tie around it and the cattle panel hoop house worked well. These are smaller and would work better in the brooders.

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  23. They work perfectly!!!!

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  24. My girls would love the treats!!

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  25. Melissa Wittner3/22/14, 10:15 PM

    I have used old tupperware and binder clips in a pinch. This would work and help get rid of some of the bottles I've collected.

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  26. Kelly O'Malley3/22/14, 10:22 PM

    Do you think I could use that same design for water? I like having lots of watering spots in the summer.

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  27. Renee Sturgis3/22/14, 10:30 PM

    I love the new ideas! Thanks!

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  28. Rebecca Kober3/22/14, 10:34 PM

    Would love to win the Happy Hen Treat gift package. Great idea for feeders - always can use more!

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  29. Caulfieldgirl3/22/14, 10:38 PM

    What a neat feeder and giveaway. Thanks

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  30. I love this idea. Our little ones are constantly kicking the shavings in their food. Can't wait to try this out.

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  31. My girls would love these

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  32. Wow, I'm the first commenter! Yay me!

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  33. Connie O'Hara3/22/14, 11:15 PM

    Love this! I was scrambling for feeders today. My DH will love seeing the bottles I'll collect. Little did I know Chicken Math and obsession would have me digging through my garbage can lol That said, the residents of Chicken Town (aka known as our side yard, backyard, and pastures) would love this prize package!

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  34. Rhonda Voorhis3/22/14, 11:19 PM

    love the emails/blog... im planning for spring chicks, i can't wait to be a backyard chicken lady! I was wondering, I want to free range my chickens ( in a large fenced area in my backyard, and was wondering how do you free range when it rains? We live in NE Alabama and it rains here A LOT! and I have heard chickens are not fond of rain...Are they gonna all hide out in the coop on rainy days? Should I kick them out anyway? HELP lol :)

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  35. Doreen Lapointe3/22/14, 11:23 PM

    I would really like to win the hen treats, boy, I can use them. Thanks for the info on the bottle dyi feeder. I will give that a try tomorrow for sure.

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  36. Thank you for the helpful guide. Wow! You do have a collection of temporary pens for your chickens, good job. Have a great night. Cheers from izzi~avis

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  37. Lisa Steenberg3/22/14, 11:32 PM

    Zip ties!! They are faster, easier and more secure than either sting or wire. Yogurt containers will work for this too. The kids use these for fair feeders. It's such a great, easy idea!!

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  38. Doreen Lapointe3/22/14, 11:36 PM

    I am the first to comment, but it has been 10 minutes waiting to be approved? This happened several days ago and it was 14 hours? What am I doing wrong?

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  39. Andrea Manfredo3/22/14, 11:47 PM

    Great idea. Especially reusing something you would otherwise toss out.

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  40. Hen treats make my day, and they help win over the flock of ladies I bought from a guy who used a net to catch them. Took a very long time for them to warm up, but meal warms have a lot to do with our warming relationship.

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  41. Pedinursemimi3/22/14, 11:57 PM

    One of the most creative and useful blogs yet! I just doubled my coop ownership....and have my first layers.....so excited...keep the handy dandy info coming my way!!!!

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  42. This is such a great idea!! I wish I had thought of it when I had to isolate one of my hens. They always spill their food and it makes a big mess. I have pinned this on Pinterest so that I will remember next time I need it! Thank you so much.

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  43. Grace Murray3/23/14, 12:13 AM

    Kathy, I'm making one of these first thing in the morning for the oyster shells in my coop. I use a hang bird dish but they keep knocking it down. This is perfect!

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  44. Tracy Harden3/23/14, 12:17 AM

    Great idea! I'm all for reuse, reduce & recycle!

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  45. my girls will be some happy when they win these incredible prizes :) We love our girls & want them to be happy.........

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  46. LindandRick Vincent3/23/14, 12:19 AM

    Great tip on the feeder!

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  47. Suzi Stephenson3/23/14, 12:37 AM

    I love your inventiveness, you rock chicken chick! I kinda want to say I love you but I think that would be to stalkerish!

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  48. Erin Gay Hulderson3/23/14, 1:05 AM

    Happy hen meal worms are the ladies favorites!

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  49. Seramasoncall3/23/14, 1:36 AM

    What an awesome feeder idea! I'd love to treat my chickens to the prizes.

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  50. Great thinking with the feeder. I do something similar for when my girls are in the dog cage for quarantine. I use old plastic tupperware containers that are missing their lids and poke 2 holes in the side with a nail (sometimes I need to heat the nail and melt it through or a drill might work) and then use zipties to attach it to the bars. Keeps them from spilling it and they're shallow so they can reach all the feed.

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  51. Diana Shook Ramsey3/23/14, 3:23 AM

    Great idea, I was putting 2x4s under the feeders to keep the shavings out!

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  52. VALERIE CARPENTER3/23/14, 5:56 AM

    Love the water bottle idea. I'm passing along the tip to my cousin, too.

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  53. Connie Turnipseed3/23/14, 6:16 AM

    Good morning, great ideas as always!

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  54. I like the feeder idea...repurpose and it gets the feeder off the ground :)

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  55. Ron Willett3/23/14, 7:35 AM

    I've never tried meal worms. Would love to see the chickens response when I give them this treat.

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  56. My hens love the Happy Hen treats. Thanks for all the great info

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  57. Connie Miller Roberto3/23/14, 8:56 AM

    That's a really great idea!! Thanks for all that you share!! We tried gallon milk jugs but they were too flimsy!!

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  58. This is such a great idea! My girls love these mealworms too, by the way. I was glad to see it isn't just me that has been going crazy with the makeshift Chicken Basement Spas, as we've been calling them! Thanks for the idea! I'll definitely try this, but am certainly hoping we're just about done with these cold snaps! Cheers!

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  59. This is a seriously easy idea. I've got chicks coming in a couple weeks and this will definitely give them more floor space!

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  60. Katlyn Koester3/23/14, 9:22 AM

    I did something like this for a calcium feeder using the bottom of a mayonnaise jar and a small Gatorade bottle. Now I just have to refill the Gatorade bottle every once in a while for them to have easy access to calcium.

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  61. Sherry Dobner3/23/14, 9:28 AM

    I am always looking for ways to reuse items that most people throw away and don't give it a second thought. This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing. And I love your blog. These treat sure would come in handy for my 25 girls and boys!

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  62. Kelly Lynch3/23/14, 9:38 AM

    I was trying to figure this out the other day. I kept telling myself "I know I can make a feeder from soda bottles." Thanks for writing about it! This was great!

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  63. Debra Polasko3/23/14, 9:47 AM

    love your suggestions here, they Rock!!

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  64. Sonya Floyd Kovalchick3/23/14, 9:47 AM

    I bet my chickens would love happy hen treats!

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  65. You always come up with the greatest ideas! I'll have to figure out how to do this in my plastic tote brooders for the older chicks. Thanks!

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  66. Robin Martin3/23/14, 10:15 AM

    Great idea, and another good way to recycle those bottles into something useful!

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  67. Great idea!

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  68. Nadine Stoke-Nadeau3/23/14, 10:19 AM

    Love your blog, already a member and what a neat idea for a quick feeder

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  69. Great idea, thanks.

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  70. Been following your blog for a while now & have learned so much... thanx for the time you spend in educating the public. Haven't got the chickies yet, had a health setback but using the time to read, read, read and learn so I will be ready.

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  71. Wow, looks super easy. Gonna try it!

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  72. Janet Roberson3/23/14, 10:41 AM

    NIfty idea that I will be trying out asap. Thank you!

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  73. That looks easy, but I was able to find Coop Cups for < $5 - they're stainless steel, I can hang them at any level of cross-bar, and I can pop the bowl out to wash/feed.

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  74. Kristin Withrow3/23/14, 10:52 AM

    We are making one for oyster shell and one for bunny's playground area. Why didn't I think if this sooner?! Lol

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  75. Audrey Jones Farnsworth3/23/14, 11:01 AM

    love it!

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  76. Great idea. Very practical & so easy.

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  77. i love you blog!

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  78. Brenda Hollmann3/23/14, 11:19 AM

    Genius! I love your ideas....I don't mind spending the money on supplies but I do like practical things too...do it yourself at home works for me...

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  79. What a great idea! Its one of those ideas that when you see the picture you are like "duh" but didn't think of it yourself! Hope your basement chickens recover quickly, spring is in full effect out here in Washington!

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  80. That is smart! Are they able to get a majority of the feed from it? Also, when you use the cardboard chick condo as a brooder with a nipple waterer, how do you deal with the water that drips from them?

    I have sand bedding in my box condo, and my chicks loved the nipple waterer, but it soaked the box. I put back the traditional style waterer on a chunk of wood, but hate the lost space.

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  81. I love this idea and will be using it too. I'm going to try using a cranberry juice bottle. :) Love your blog and all the information you give. Keep up the good work.

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  82. Monica Hilderbrand3/23/14, 11:30 AM

    Awesome! We have a huge surplus of plastic zip ties that would work well for this. Thanks for the tip!

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  83. Caitlyn Ralston3/23/14, 11:38 AM

    I would love to win this! Thanks for the opportunity! I love that feeder! I need to make some!

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  84. OMG that is brilliant. I have some of the brooder bottle caps and haven't quite figured out how to mount them yet.

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  85. Robin Guerra3/23/14, 11:57 AM

    This looks easy enough and what a great way to save on food. I think I will make one today so it will be ready when the babies arrive.

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  86. Absolutely brilliant! I will be using this idea!

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  87. Jessica Thelen3/23/14, 12:20 PM

    Awesome idea!

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  88. I just love your blogs! You are a inspiration! My girls sure would love to win those treats! Thank you for your blogs and give aways! So much fun to read!

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  89. Kimberly Swenson3/23/14, 12:36 PM

    Great idea will use next time I have to isolate. Love to win the treat package for my girls!!

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  90. Nicole Kent3/23/14, 1:28 PM

    Thanks! I just made this and it took about 2 minutes :)

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  91. Glenda Gregory Creech3/23/14, 1:41 PM

    That is a really cool idea! We've done something similar with plastic cups as well. I'm going to have to get some ready for the chicks we've got coming soon. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  92. Great idea and very easy to do. I am a subscriber.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  93. Great idea. Seems like it would work just fine. I love re-using stuff.

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  94. Kristen Shave3/23/14, 2:48 PM

    Cool! Thanks. I had to break a broody 2 times this winter, and I could have used these! Well, now I am ready for next time.

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  95. Lynn Sanders3/23/14, 3:06 PM

    thanks for helpful info

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  96. Lisa Dowdy Lampman3/23/14, 3:55 PM

    I wish I was able to bring my chickens into our basement when they needed TLC.

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  97. Sharon Smith3/23/14, 4:03 PM

    That is ingenious ! It is so easy to run out of feeders with birds I need!

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  98. Tandree Hodge3/23/14, 4:15 PM

    Love your blog! On my way to make bottle feeders right now! My daughter just got advice from you on fixing a spraddle-legged silkie chick!

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  99. Shanna Herndon3/23/14, 4:38 PM

    I love this idea! I like keeping the mess down in my chicken's sick cages:-)

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  100. Would love to win these treats for my chicks!

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  101. I am now a newbie to chickens I have been following this blog for a awhile and love all the stuff. I have 5 hens 1 rooster and just bought 6chicks Yay

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  102. Lisa Sutton Killian3/23/14, 6:17 PM

    What a great idea, thank you!

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  103. Laurie Trautwein3/23/14, 6:32 PM

    Would love to try these treats

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  104. I realized I was late on the incubator after I posted. :)
    Anyway...I know my hens will love these treats but haven't tried yet.

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  105. Bev Thacker3/23/14, 7:09 PM

    Great recycling idea. Thanks!

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  106. Evelyn Qualls3/23/14, 8:04 PM

    I would love to have the Happy Hens Treats and treat ball for our girls. They have been laying like crazy lately. Here come some falling temps in the forecast...wouldn't they love some Happy Hens Treats to compensate? A Hearty Yes! Cannot wait until I can sit back and enjoy some chicken therapy this summer.

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  107. Birdie Barb3/23/14, 8:18 PM

    Great and effective way to solve a situation! Thank you! Would love me some giveaways ta boot!

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  108. TheChickenChick3/23/14, 8:51 PM

    No worries, Marc. Thanks for stopping by today!

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  109. TheChickenChick3/23/14, 8:56 PM

    Thanks Tandree!

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  110. TheChickenChick3/23/14, 8:57 PM

    Thanks for following, Sue!

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  111. TheChickenChick3/23/14, 8:58 PM

    Crazy simple, right, Nicole? :)

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  112. TheChickenChick3/23/14, 8:59 PM

    Thank you Lynnette. :)

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  113. TheChickenChick3/23/14, 9:27 PM

    Thanks Melinda!

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  114. TheChickenChick3/23/14, 9:27 PM

    We're expecting snow this week. Waaaaaahhhhh!

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  115. TheChickenChick3/23/14, 9:31 PM

    Whatever works, that's what I say!

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  116. Diana Raidy3/23/14, 9:41 PM

    That's a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  117. Tina Edwards3/23/14, 9:54 PM

    "Light bulb!"

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  118. Bethany Shawver3/23/14, 10:28 PM

    I like how easy these are to make and how cost effective they are too!

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  119. My babies love them

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  120. Desiree F Sovinski3/23/14, 11:02 PM

    This is great

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  121. Diane Poole Gilbert3/24/14, 7:34 AM

    Very creative!!

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  122. Cristina D.3/24/14, 9:36 AM

    My girls love these!

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  123. What a great idea. I like the recycling aspect too. Anything I can do to reduce my carbon footprint is a plus.

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  124. I love the feeder idea!! We have a new brood of chicks, it's so exciting to watch them grow. Pretty girls love treats!

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  125. Great giveaway! Love to make the hens happy!
    graceinapril@gmail.com

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  126. what a great way to recycle!

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  127. I knew someone would come up with a use for the bottles I am saving - THANKS!

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  128. Sharon Lee Bense3/24/14, 12:35 PM

    YOU ALWAYS HAVE GREAT IDEAS! THANKS!

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  129. would love to try these

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  130. Michelle R.3/24/14, 1:30 PM

    Love your ideas....I'm always looking for ways to NOT buy one.more.thing. for my chickens when it's something like this. Thanks for the idea!

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  131. Brilliant! Thank you!

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  132. Mary Muse Charmer3/24/14, 4:44 PM

    I love your feeder solution. That's great (as are the giveaways.)

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  133. 3 girls and their chicks3/24/14, 4:52 PM

    Thank you for blogging and bringing great ideas! Not only will this help to keep things cleaner, but it also will give our four babies a little more room. They will be three weeks old on Wednesday and they are getting big so fast!

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  134. ssearnhardt3/24/14, 9:08 PM

    Thanks for another useful, money saving idea. I am in my 3rd year with chickens and I alway seem to need ancillary set ups. It's Spring and my chicken math is in full swing... I need all the help I can get!

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  135. Great idea! I will definitely try ot out.

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  136. I wanted to see could help me...I have a broody that is sitting on eggs and at the end ( Wed.). I'm pretty sure there r no good eggs and wanted to see what u thot about putting eggs under her that if don't get started I will lose I'm make sure she gets fed even if I have to put the food in w/her.

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  137. *smacks head* Why didn't I think of that?????? I just added some chicks to the brooder, and they're throwing food everywhere. That will end momentarily!

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  138. Love the ideas. Thank you for all the giveaways. I hope I win :)

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  139. Thanks for the info

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  140. I find that there are a lot of homesteading sites (I know you are not a homesteading site) that offer ideas and recycling plastic bottles. But, if you are homesteading what are you doing buying soda? Just a thought? We don't drink soda in my house. So, although this is a lovely idea, not practical for us.

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  141. teri snowden3/25/14, 10:43 AM

    great idea on the feeders. i could use that now with the new babies hatching.

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  142. My sweet chicks would love these treats.

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  143. love the feeder idea :)

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  144. Darcy Carothers Davenport3/25/14, 10:45 AM

    You have been extra busy this winter!

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  145. Hi there Kathy, my girls would love this give away package. They've been so good, this their first year (1yo 5/2), laying eggs almost every day through this "lovely" winter here in Maine.

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  146. Karen Pittman3/25/14, 10:46 AM

    Just love all the great information I get from your blog! Thanks for doing what you do!

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  147. Easy peas, Lemon Squeezy!

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  148. Pedinursemimi3/25/14, 10:48 AM

    Please keep the great info coming...we just rescued two hens from an egg farmer...and now we have two adults and four little ones..... I need all the helpful hints I can get!

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  149. Elizabeth Klein3/25/14, 10:48 AM

    Loving this blog! You are the best!

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  150. Kara Vincent3/25/14, 10:48 AM

    I always get so excited to read your fb posts and blogs! I know my chickens would love some yummy treats!

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  151. Michael Arceneaux3/25/14, 10:48 AM

    Way to upcycle!

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  152. desertmtnalpacas3/25/14, 10:50 AM

    I am constantly picking pine shavings out of the chick feeder. Thanks for the idea!

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  153. Stacy Pleskoff3/25/14, 10:52 AM

    I have that same treat hanger! My girls would love for their mommy to get free treats.

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  154. So very clever. My girls are so spoiled and I know they'd love the treats! We're finally expecting rain here so they're going to be stuck in their coops.

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  155. Clever idea! I will definitely remember this one. Thanks!

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  156. I love the ideas! and my girls also love those happy hen treats/ I love all of your post/blogs. You have taught me so much!

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  157. Laura Lopez Dzuray3/25/14, 10:56 AM

    This feeder idea would be perfect for my brooder when my fuzzies get here, The treats would also be a welcome addition to their treat basket I am getting together for them.

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  158. Tricia Savage3/25/14, 10:56 AM

    Awesome blog you have, I follow your advice everyday..My girls would love to win this, their favorite treat:)) and the feeder is a great idea..I am going to try asap!!!

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  159. Great way to feed the chicken...or other small animals! Thanks for the chance to win

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  160. Linda Sadongei3/25/14, 10:57 AM

    Would love to win the treat ball and treats. My girls would love it!

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  161. Carnley Proud3/25/14, 10:58 AM

    Awesome!!

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  162. Cindy Nelson3/25/14, 10:58 AM

    Oh my chicks would love these treats

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  163. Quilt Chickie3/25/14, 10:58 AM

    Wishin this winter weather would be over already, and looking forward to springtime, warmer weather, and baby chicks!

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  164. Kara Hale Acre3/25/14, 10:59 AM

    Great idea! I'm always looking for dishes that will fit over the bars in the wire dog crates! Thanks for sharing!

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  165. Kathy Johnson3/25/14, 10:59 AM

    Thanks for the great idea. The girls would really enjoy the giveaways. Your blog is a great help.

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  166. So glad I found your site! I love, love my chickens and just added to my flock so am always looking for new ways to keep them happy and healthy!

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  167. mrspenguin3163/25/14, 11:00 AM

    Easy peasy! Awesome idea!!!

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  168. Denise Allison Magil3/25/14, 11:01 AM

    of course im in for last call and thank you

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  169. My girls would love for me to win this! :)

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  170. Kelly Miller3/25/14, 11:03 AM

    Would love these for my girls. they love sunflowers and treats. thanks

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  171. Since the giveaway involves treats, the ladies want to be sure they are registered!

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  172. What a great idea! simple and cheap!

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  173. Wendy White-Gibbs3/25/14, 11:06 AM

    Very nice.. I would love to try..

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  174. Becky Shelley3/25/14, 11:07 AM

    Would LOVE to win this Happy Hens Treat Prize!!

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  175. Clever repurpose! My neice is excellent at doing such things, too. We are always saving containers because we reuse them somehow. Glad your crew is integrating well and healing up from the hard winter! Thanks for the chance at the Happy Hens prize!

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  176. Georgia Wells-White3/25/14, 11:08 AM

    Love love your blog

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  177. Love the feeder idea, perfect for the infirmary!

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  178. Love your posts. :) TY for always providing us with ways to care for, and spoil our babies ;)

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  179. Dayle Borgman3/25/14, 11:11 AM

    I LOVE THE RECYCLING IDEA , WE LOVE TO REUSE THINGS AROUND OUR HOUSE THANKS !!!!

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  180. I love happy hens treats!

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  181. my girls would love this!

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  182. suzanne reichert3/25/14, 11:18 AM

    love the happy hen treats!

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  183. Pam Waltz Ellis3/25/14, 11:18 AM

    I read your blog often. You are a big help in my chicken keeping. Thank you. I, also, visit your sponsors often. They are my first go to when looking for something new in my chicken world.

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  184. Katherine Lewis3/25/14, 11:22 AM

    What a cute idea!

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  185. I am going to have to do this for my chicks inside! Love it!!!

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  186. Kristie Fontaine3/25/14, 11:32 AM

    What a great idea! I love re-purposing items that would otherwise be thrown away! Would love to win a treat ball for my girls!

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  187. Jane Harris Bennett3/25/14, 11:32 AM

    love all the hints and help for raising happy healthy chickkies! Thank you!

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  188. Sharel Nelson3/25/14, 11:33 AM

    We are always looking to recycle or upcycle items to use with the chickens. GREAT lessons for our kids (and neighbors).
    Treats are always a source of fun here with the girls chasing me through the yard...would love to try some new ones :)

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  189. DickeyandPam Tinkle3/25/14, 11:41 AM

    We live on such a tight budget which means our hens do too and our hens would LOVE these treats!

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  190. Great recycling idea! I love your blog, so much information. Thank you!

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  191. Danielle Sturdivant3/25/14, 11:45 AM

    Oh I love up cycling things! I always save all glass jars and plastics This is a great idea!!

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  192. What a great idea! It would also be a good way to feed those happy hen treats that my girls adore! We call the freeze-dried mealworms "chicken crack" (I can't take credit for bestowing that nickname) because they come RUNNING whenever I shake the bottle.

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  193. Would love to win:)

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  194. Jessica Fuller3/25/14, 11:56 AM

    Just love all your ideas

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  195. Jeannie Palmer3/25/14, 11:56 AM

    More great info as always. Thank you!!

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  196. Love all of these tips. Thank you!

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  197. Love your ideas. The treats would keep my chickies

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