Jul 30, 2014

Cucumber Tetherball: Chicken Boredom Buster

Cucumber Tetherball can be offered to chickens as an occasional snack while doing double-duty as a boredom buster- for the chickens and for you!
My chickens have been enjoying the fruits of a bumper crop of cucumbers and squash this summer and I thought I’d dial up the fun factor a few notches by making snack time a competitive group activity! Hanging cucumbers and squash from sturdy string provided not only several hours of activity for the chickens, it made for some side-splitting entertainment for me!
Cucumber Tetherball is good entertainment for chickens and their keepers!
Cucumber Tetherball is good entertainment for chickens and their keepers! You do not want to miss this video!
Lots of space is one of the keys to happy, healthy chickens. The bare minimum space requirements PER CHICKEN are: four square feet each in the coop and ten square feet each in the run. If chickens are confined primarily to the coop and run, a much greater space allowance must be made to avoid health and behavioral problems in the flock.
Just as with children, bored chickens will get into mischief. Chickens that do not free-range and are confined primarily are at greater risk for problems such as feather picking. Free-range chickens seldom run into trouble with boredom, but when inclement weather prohibits free-ranging, boredom-busting activities such as Cucumber Tetherball can be offered. 

Cucumber Tetherball can be offered to chickens as an occasional snack while doing double-duty as a boredom buster- for the chickens and for you!

Materials & How-to:
(it's not rocket science, but safety first please!)
Cucumber or squash
skewer
long, sturdy string
vegetable peeler (optional)
Knowing my chickens as I do, I peeled the cucumber a bit to make it more enticing and easier to access the cucumber flesh.
Cucumber Tetherball can be offered to chickens as an occasional snack while doing double-duty as a boredom buster- for the chickens and for you!
 Using a skewer, poke a hole through the cucumber, widening it so that the string slides through easily.
Cucumber Tetherball can be offered to chickens as an occasional snack while doing double-duty as a boredom buster- for the chickens and for you!
Cucumber Tetherball can be offered to chickens as an occasional snack while doing double-duty as a boredom buster- for the chickens and for you!
 I recommend using a strong, thick string for reasons mentioned in the advisories below. 
Hot out there? Freeze the veggies after stringing them!
Cucumber Tetherball can be offered to chickens as an occasional snack while doing double-duty as a boredom buster- for the chickens and for you!
Push string through cucumber and head to the chicken yard!
Secure the Cucumber Tetherball to a tree branch or other solid structure where it will not come free. 

Cucumber Tetherball can be offered to chickens as an occasional snack while doing double-duty as a boredom buster- for the chickens and for you!
SUMMER SQUASH PINATA
Summer Squash Piñata boredom buster for chickens
Click on any of these links for additional boredom-busting treats, activities and ideas!
Frozen Scrambled Eggpops
This "recipe" to help chickens beat the heat will earn you credit toward your master's degree from Crazy Chicken Lady University. If your friends and family are not yet convinced that you have lost your chicken-lovin' mind, making Scrambled EggPops will do the trick!
Flock Block Substitute
Homemade Flock Block Substitute Recipe
Sprouted Grains
Sprouting grains is an easy way to provide chickens with fresh, nutritious greens any time of year with very little effort.

ADVISORIES:

EVERYTHING IN MODERATION

No more than 5-10% of a chicken’s daily diet should consist of treats. When chickens eat treats, they’re not eating feed, which is their primary source of nutrition even with free-range birds. Poultry nutritionists very carefully monitor the ingredients and composition of ingredients in commercially prepared feed to ensure that a chicken’s daily vitamin, mineral and protein requirements are met. Supplemental foods (treats/snacks/table scraps) replace a portion of those essential dietary elements to some degree. Excessive treats, even healthy ones, can contribute to any of the following: obesity, reduced egg production, malformed eggs, habitual laying of multiple-yolked eggs, vent prolapse, a protein deficiency, feather-picking, fatty liver syndrome, increased risk of heat stroke and heart problems.

STRING DANGER
If a chicken ingests string, it can wreak havoc in their digestive tract, potentially causing death or creating an emergency situation requiring professional veterinary intervention.. When offering chickens treats attached to string, always use a thick material such as this sisal string will not easily break, secure it well so it cannot come loose from the structure it is attached to, remove it from the chicken yard as soon as they’re done with the treat and closely monitor the chickens while enjoying the hanging treat- you do not want to miss a minute of it, trust me!
Dsclaimer The Chicken Chick®
Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick

904 comments :

  1. Jeff Roseman7/30/14, 5:32 PM

    What a great idea for giving the flock something different, plus the advisory about how much of their diet should consist of treats.

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  2. Amy 'Cavanah' Graham7/30/14, 5:34 PM

    Will have to try this with my chickens!! Would live to have the feeder, too!

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  3. We were looking at theses at our feed store the other day... love them!

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  4. Great question, Jeff. I discuss that in this article: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/08/chicken-treats-guide-dont-love-your.html

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  5. I will be trying this soon. :)

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  6. Carol Horton7/30/14, 5:42 PM

    Would love to have one. I have very messy girls

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  7. What a funny video! The song was perfect too!

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  8. Carol Circosta7/30/14, 5:50 PM

    Got to do that tomorrow

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  9. Jeff Roseman7/30/14, 5:51 PM

    Very informative - thanks.

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  10. Heidi Weeks7/30/14, 5:53 PM

    Love the cucumber tetherball idea!

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  11. RuthAnn Jankosky Wachsmuth7/30/14, 5:54 PM

    good advice on the string. i lost a sweet little hen that way - now i use zip ties and beach towel clips.

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  12. Kayla McCaskill7/30/14, 5:55 PM

    my girls are making a mess of the coop and i feel that a new feeder would be just the thing to fix them up thanks you for the chance to win a feeder

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  13. PiTown Patty7/30/14, 5:58 PM

    Love it! I think the video is great, with Blaze even having to check it out. Yesterday I hung a plastic wiffle ball stuffed with pieces of frozen fruit in the coop. They had a blast once they got the hang of it. Yours is a lot less messy...definitely doing that next time as I have strawberry splatters everywhere in there now :) I also hung a kids toy tambourine in there but they didn't like it at all. Next item will be an old sturdy kids wooden xylophone...to see if they like pecking it to make noise. I don't have much to do up here in Pioneertown as you may have guessed, lol. So I amuse myself as well as the chickens...

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  14. Would love to win this feeder!!

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  15. Grace Reutzel7/30/14, 6:01 PM

    Great idea...maybe I can get my girls to eat fruits/veggies this way. They free range and would rather look for bugs then eat the scraps I put out for them. The feeder would be FANTASTIC seeing how I buy them organic feed that they get everywhere! I guess it is time to upgrade their current feeder...which is an old egg carton. Lol. Sad I know.

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  16. I love the cucumber tetherball! We've often used cabbage or head lettuce.. Great laughs!

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  17. Would love this!

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  18. I love that idea !! I'll have to try this as soon as the Rain lets up LOL Were in Lakewood , Colorado and it has been raining since last night , but were loving it !

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  19. Love this idea! Definitely will be trying it!

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  20. Kimberly Swenson7/30/14, 6:53 PM

    Like the cucumber idea! Have been giving my girls chilled melons this summer in our hot humid Texas heat!! Love to have a grandpa feeder!!!

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  21. Ann Marie Wallace7/30/14, 6:56 PM

    Great video and background music. Love it!

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  22. Great idea for the chickens! We have the cucumbers, and would love the Grandpa's Feeder.

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  23. Julie Lynch7/30/14, 6:58 PM

    I would love a feeder for my growing flock!

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  24. I like the concept, and this way it's not covered in a blanket of dirt, rocks, and poos.
    Cheers,
    izzi~avis

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  25. That's because they're smart- bugs are better for them than most kitchen scraps!

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  26. jessielove43637/30/14, 7:22 PM

    I am going to have to try this one for sure!

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  27. You can do it with corn cobs after the humans have had sweet corn for supper....but make sure to hang several. I had quite the hen brawl one night!!

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  28. I am so gonna do this one! Just got my babies yesterday, one was in tough shape your blog now has her up and eating with the others now after a long night! Thank you :)

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  29. I would love a Grandpa's Feeder!

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  30. That video was priceless ! Off to string and freeze a squash right now!

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  31. Belinda Caressa Medlin7/30/14, 7:41 PM

    wonderful invention!

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  32. Jennifer Smith Timmons-Crooms7/30/14, 7:45 PM

    Thanks for all of these great ideas!

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  33. Candyce Reed7/30/14, 7:47 PM

    Someday I hope to have one . I bought 4 chicks in March of 2014 . Today I found my first (6) eggs. I was surprised didn't expect this for about another month. I was so excited , I cried.

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  34. Melissa Riddle Call7/30/14, 7:48 PM

    Great idea! I am going to try it tomorrow!

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  35. Grace Reutzel7/30/14, 7:51 PM

    Very true...I guess I am just being selfish. I want the gratification of giving them something they love! Oh well, I guess that is what meal worms are for! ;)

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  36. Lisa Serafini7/30/14, 8:20 PM

    Grandpa's feeder looks a lot nicer than this mom's plastic feeder.

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  37. Scott Pennington7/30/14, 8:32 PM

    My girls need this!!

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  38. Carolyn Carney7/30/14, 8:35 PM

    Maybe this time is my time.

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  39. Monica Cedeno7/30/14, 8:42 PM

    FABULOUS IDEA!! Can't wait to try it :D

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  40. Connie Chen7/30/14, 8:50 PM

    What a great idea! It'll be so much easier to find some use for those extra vegetable pieces. Thanks!

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  41. Great idea! Thank you!

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  42. Love this idea. I'm going to try it.

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  43. Sure glad you have a pictorial diy cause I thought I was gonna have to buy a big darning needle, doweling I have along with lots of binder twine.

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  44. Way that video is the cutest most entertaining! Thanks for more ideas. Mine love hanging food!

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  45. Joyce Findley-Bussard7/30/14, 10:13 PM

    Love it

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  46. Nana Rominger7/30/14, 10:20 PM

    We keep losing feed to rain in the run. Would like to have this.

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  47. Kathryn Laycock-Dee7/30/14, 10:58 PM

    Closing in our run as we speak:) this would be a great addition. Love the hanging treat idea. Keeps it clean to.

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  48. Getting ready to move with my first ever flock and could sure use a new larger feeder for them!

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  49. Love this idea and we grew a yellow summer squash like yours in the video. I thought we grew a deformed one with all those bumps. lol The chicken will enjoy it tomorrow. Today was cantalope.

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  50. This would help us out so much! Have problems with our feathered babies getting nasty stuff in their feed or kicking it out!

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  51. Suzi Stephenson7/30/14, 11:37 PM

    Yep, I agree ,so tired of losing feed and seed!

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  52. I would love this for my girls! Maybe this will keep them happy!

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  53. Quinn Kissane7/31/14, 12:00 AM

    I love the pic at the top of the hen with her beak open! want to make a cucumber tetherball for my chickens now! Also thanks for the chance to win the feeder.

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  54. Love this idea!

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  55. Our city animal shelter often gets ducks, chickens, goats, and pigs. I would love to donate a feeder to them for their use.

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  56. Lisa Steenberg7/31/14, 1:13 AM

    I was just thinking what would be good to hang besides cabbage today! This is a great idea and the girls would love it frozen!

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  57. Thais McCoy7/31/14, 2:06 AM

    Great idea and fun. I will be hanging a few up this week!

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  58. Gabriela Dunn7/31/14, 4:11 AM

    Would really love to win a Grandpa's Feeder. I have such a ground squirrel and sparrow problem, it's not funny.

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  59. Holly Johnson7/31/14, 6:31 AM

    I have some extra big cucumbers so I think I'll try this. I would also love to have the Grandpa's Feeder for my nine girls.

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  60. Deborah Paterson7/31/14, 6:40 AM

    What a great way to start off my day…reading your blog…seeing this feeder up again and the cool veggie hanging ideas. My young group of Marans and Polish are making a mess of their feed, I've never had any of my chickens scatter feed like this group is doing. They can empty a feeder in one day with the majority of it landing on the ground. Over in the hen house my girls have always loved cabbage ball as a pass time hanging from a rope, I don't know why I never thought to string other veggies on that rope before. Thanks for the prize opportunities and the tips. Have a great day :)

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  61. Bonnie Calderon7/31/14, 7:57 AM

    Could silkies get this to work too?

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  62. Great idea! I will have to try hanging veggies, although their track record of things "chickens love" is pretty poor. They might like Grandpa's feeder, though.....

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  63. What a neat idea. And oh how I would love a Grandpa's Feeder. There are days when I get tired of feeding every bird who happens to fly in my backyard and this feeder would do the trick!

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  64. This would be so nice!

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  65. Glenda Gregory Creech7/31/14, 10:10 AM

    That was hilarious! I'll have to try it for my girls too. Crossing my fingers on the giveaway!

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  66. Love this idea!!

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  67. Renee Bonneau Sturgis7/31/14, 11:30 AM

    Thank you so much!!! I love this idea and can't wait to try this out with my girls! Does this work for ducks too?

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  68. This is an awesome site! I love it, chicken chick! My friend just sent me the link regarding the cucumber tether ball and I've already found this to be huge source of awesome information! I am in love with Grandpa's feeder as we have had some rat issues since with first got chickens! I can't afford one at this time, but would love to have one! If I don't win, I'll definitely be saving, I have several coops as I have several roos,so I'd need them for each, but they do all get to free range time too!

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  69. Zoran Nikolic7/31/14, 1:17 PM

    ja sam ovako ribe stavljao

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  70. Elizabeth Nicole Stelling7/31/14, 1:23 PM

    I am going to have to try this as soon as I can and have the camera ready!! What a great idea! Thank you!

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  71. I NEED this feeder sooooo bad! These tiny little birds are eating more of my chickens organic layer pellets than my chickens are. Its sooo frustrating! Please please pick them.

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  72. Yes, ducks can drink from it too.

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  73. Barb pageTaylor7/31/14, 2:10 PM

    Would love to have a feeder for my girls. I liked your video of the cucumber teatherball, so funny.

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  74. I would love this!

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  75. Evelyn Qualls7/31/14, 2:55 PM

    I would love to have Grandpa's Feeder for our flock of chickens. I had a wild bird feeder which worked on the same principle and it was a huge success. My little birds were able to use it and the larger birds landed and the door closed! Thank you Grandpa!

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  76. Madison Ralston7/31/14, 4:15 PM

    I would love to win this! Thanks for the opportunity! I need a new feeder so badly!

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  77. Natalie E DeMarcus Kittrell7/31/14, 4:56 PM

    would love to have the feeder!!

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  78. Becky Branham Dimon7/31/14, 6:00 PM

    LOVED the video!! Fun times!

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  79. I have been drooling over this for a year now. Please pick me! :)

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  80. Crossing my fingers on the giveaway!

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  81. I would really appreciate winning a Grampa's Feeder.

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  82. Jayme Criss7/31/14, 6:10 PM

    I would love to have this feeder! I cant stand feeding everything that flies or crawls into my yard.

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  83. Christy Turner White7/31/14, 6:10 PM

    I would love to win this feeder! I love the idea of them and saving $ by not feeding all the other critters, especially those nasty rats.

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  84. Theresa Borne7/31/14, 6:11 PM

    The feeder would be a great addition for my flock as they are always making a mess of their food and the little birds that like to steal it as well.

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  85. Donielle Smedley7/31/14, 6:12 PM

    We need this!! Our chicks would love it!!

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  86. Gale Lanning Conner7/31/14, 6:13 PM

    Thanks for the chance to win!! Love your blog and all the helpful info!

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  87. Madolyn Yates Veerkamp7/31/14, 6:13 PM

    Entering for the feeder

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  88. Sally Hurtt7/31/14, 6:14 PM

    What a great and fun idea!! Can't wait to see how they like it!! thanks for the idea!! :)

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  89. Me oh me!!!! You know I want this :)

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  90. Rebecca blake7/31/14, 6:15 PM

    Love that feeder! What a great idea with the cucumber and squash! I'm definitely trying it!

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  91. This would be amazing!

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  92. We've had so much fun watching our girls eat watermelon. Can't wait to try this, too! Today the ladies had frozen Chelan Cherries, some blueberries and frozen raspberries. The cherries were the fruit of choice today! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas!

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  93. I would love to try grandpa's feeder. The sparrows think they are chickens and steal their food! lol

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  94. Brandy Keyes7/31/14, 6:16 PM

    This is my dream prize!

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  95. I would love a grandpa's feeder!

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  96. Kimberly White-Lindstedt7/31/14, 6:16 PM

    i would love a grampa feeder!!!

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  97. Stephanie Wilson7/31/14, 6:16 PM

    I would live to win this feeder!!!

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  98. Elizabeth Causaruckus7/31/14, 6:16 PM

    Would love one of these!

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  99. Janis Michelle Craft7/31/14, 6:17 PM

    My problem with feed is squirrels hoarding for the winter. This new feeder would help. Thanks for the chance at a great prize.

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  100. Heather Westfall Bichsel7/31/14, 6:17 PM

    Going to have to try this. My husband does cabbage an lettuce.

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  101. Heather Westfall Bichsel7/31/14, 6:19 PM

    I would love a grandpa feeder!!

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  102. This would help out so much!

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  103. GreenThumbalina167/31/14, 6:20 PM

    I love your blog! I'm a new chicken mommy & love all 30 of my feathered friends - would love to have a Grandpa's feeder for them!!

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  104. Deana Stephens7/31/14, 6:20 PM

    My girl's definitely need this, mice are getting their feed!

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  105. Would love to have this feeder!! What a great idea...I love that my girls could still free range and pests stay out!

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  106. Katherine Patricia Tilkins War7/31/14, 6:22 PM

    hello I want to win please

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  107. The sparrows are killing my feed budget!!! I could really use this feeder. Help a sistah out, pleeeeez! Thanks

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  108. Yes please :)

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  109. June Ackerson7/31/14, 6:23 PM

    I need this really bad, found my first Rat in 7 yrs. GRRRR

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  110. Dennis Doyle7/31/14, 6:24 PM

    wow what a cool and fun idea. good project to do with the kids. They have been a big help these last 3 weeks I've been down. Thanks Kathy

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  111. I waste more feed then is necessary..... I love the feeders just cant afford one rite now. Maybe I will win one....lol....if not gonna have to save up and get me one.

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  112. Luke Swenson7/31/14, 6:26 PM

    Our girls need this feeder!

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  113. Melissa Ann Mazzarella-Ferman7/31/14, 6:26 PM

    Oh we are just raising our flock, my son is in 4H and we soooooooo need to save $$$ :) love your page btw! We have used quite a bit of your tips!!

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  114. I really love this feeder and would love it and I also loved the veggie pinatas !! How fun and just plain hilarious !

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  115. I love the tetherball idea, I will have to try it! I would also love to win the feeder! Thanks!

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  116. Hanging cucumbers and squash, such a good idea!!! Thank you!

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  117. Tracy Jenner7/31/14, 6:30 PM

    Great looking feeder! and yet another great giveaway :)

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  118. I'm still holding out for one of these! Eventually I'll have to just buy one, I have terrible luck!

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  119. Great ideas for Cucumber Tether ball and Squash pinata.

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  120. farmgirl5077/31/14, 6:32 PM

    Feeder please!

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  121. Kimberley Townsend7/31/14, 6:33 PM

    I would love this!!! I found bunnies getting into the ladies' vittles

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  122. Kelli Hartschuh-Muniz7/31/14, 6:37 PM

    I need this feeder!

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  123. Becky Russell Hall7/31/14, 6:37 PM

    I would love to win this for my girls!

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  124. I need this really bad, I have to buy twice the amount of feed because of the squirrels, and little house finches to Doves. I have become the bird version of a fast food eatery.

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  125. Cynthia Nicholson7/31/14, 6:39 PM

    Would love to have this! Awesome way to fix the rodent issue. I am also going to try the cucumber tether ball :)

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  126. Have to try to homemade flock block.

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  127. Do I need to keep re-subscribing to be eligible for the contests? I'm starting to collect the items needed to get into having my chickens. Love the blog and FB pages.

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  128. Katie Dingman7/31/14, 6:41 PM

    My little bantam girls need this feeder, I will truly appreciate not having to clean their feeder as often.

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  129. this would be nice

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  130. Tracy Harden7/31/14, 6:42 PM

    I've hung cabbage, corn on the cob & apples for them, I'll have to try zucchini and cukes.

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  131. Carol Volkmann7/31/14, 6:44 PM

    I would love to win this. It will greatly help me get ready for my chickens

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  132. Aimee Wheatley7/31/14, 6:46 PM

    thank u for the opportunityto win this!!!

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  133. Mike Sherwood7/31/14, 6:47 PM

    that would work in my coop

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  134. Love it...sort of like a chicken piñata! Would love to win a Grandpa's Feeder for my flock.

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  135. Darlene Nocek7/31/14, 6:51 PM

    That is too cute! I'm trying this tomorrow. I really need a grandpa's feeder!

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  136. Love the idea, I've done cabbage before. Now you got my gears whirring.....all the possibilities. I subscribed to the blog to win one of those amazing feeders.

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  137. Suzanne Baggett7/31/14, 6:56 PM

    What a great idea! Definatetly love the cool feeder!

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  138. my girls love hanging veggies! they would also love a grandpas feeder!

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  139. I'd love to win!!!!

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  140. Mystik'l Bullmastiffs7/31/14, 7:00 PM

    Entering to hopefully win Grandpa's feeder

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  141. Got to have a Grampa's feed isn't getting any cheaper! The Doves are stealing me blind!

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  142. I hope the ants stay out of it too!

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  143. Subscribed to your blog (Finally!!) and now I'm commenting on how much I would LOVE to win Grandpa's Feeder.....that thing looks AWESOME, I would love to win one for my girls :-)

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  144. I've kept chickens all my life. Some neat ideas here for fun stuff!

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  145. carol tarzwell7/31/14, 7:12 PM

    I would sooooo love to win one of grandpa feeders for my girls!

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  146. This would be perfect in my new coop we are building.

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  147. Thanks for the giveaway...my minions would love this.

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  148. I would Soooooo love to win this awesome feeder

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  149. Lets hear it for winning...and i love the cucumber idea

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  150. Stace Wilson7/31/14, 7:28 PM

    Can't wait to try this with my girls!

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  151. Charise White7/31/14, 7:35 PM

    Oh I so badly want to win a Grandpa's feeder! My gals help themselves to the garden…. oy!

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  152. Nancy Burns Combs7/31/14, 7:41 PM

    Love the feeder. Looking for ways to save and expand

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  153. Andrea Manfredo7/31/14, 7:43 PM

    My girls need one of these!

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  154. Need more feeders for my growing flock! Would love to have a Grandpa's Feeder.

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  155. Love the idea behind this feeder!

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  156. My girls would LOVE a Grandpa's feeder!!!

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  157. This would be so awesome to win! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  158. Julia Grammer7/31/14, 7:58 PM

    Winning a Grandpa's Feeder would make my day, ( my girl's too!) <3

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  159. Meghan Lewis7/31/14, 7:59 PM

    This feeder looks pretty awesome

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  160. Alicia Montemayor7/31/14, 8:01 PM

    It would be wonderful to win thus feeder!!!! only lord knows how desperate I am to keep rats away so I don't loose my chicken privileges!

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  161. Koren Garfield7/31/14, 8:12 PM

    I have to go buy cukes!! The girls will love this!!

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  162. Heather meeks7/31/14, 8:19 PM

    My ladies would love it

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  163. I want ones of these so badly!! Gingers crossed!

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  164. Amber Cruea7/31/14, 8:21 PM

    Great idea! That feeder is awesome. I need to win one ;-)

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  165. This is so neat I bet I could save money!!!!!

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  166. Penny Shanks7/31/14, 8:24 PM

    I would love to win a Grandpa's Feeder.

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  167. Karen Sanders Warner7/31/14, 8:24 PM

    My girls would simply wet their bedding if they won a Grandpas Feeder. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  168. Susan Turner7/31/14, 8:24 PM

    My girls really need this and so do I!!!!

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  169. Linda Fawcett Valentine7/31/14, 8:26 PM

    Already subscribed and lovin another giveaway!! Love Grandpa's Feeders, too! :-) Thanks!!

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  170. Lisa Sutton Killian7/31/14, 8:28 PM

    I would love to score a Grandpas Feeder.

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  171. Michele Rutter7/31/14, 8:28 PM

    I NEED one of these feeders!!!

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  172. Thank you for sharing all your information and help us to win such great prizes. Would love the Grandpa's feeder. I get swamped twice a day to keep the girls fed lol.

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  173. Susan Lewis7/31/14, 8:31 PM

    Such a great feeder. Thank you for your blog. Sorry for the loss of your puppy

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  174. Linda Kirby7/31/14, 8:31 PM

    Im so glad your getting to give away so many of these feeders, maybe Ill get lucky!

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  175. Tempest Cooney7/31/14, 8:32 PM

    I am amazed at the awesomeness of this feeder. A fellow chicken owner got one for her bday and i am jealous!

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  176. cathyspears7/31/14, 8:37 PM

    I would absolutely love to win this feeder! How great it looks! Thanks for the chance!

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  177. Christina Riostirado7/31/14, 8:38 PM

    Dying for one of these!! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  178. Wendy Feldmann7/31/14, 8:53 PM

    We would so love to win a Grandpa's feeder - our squirrels are getting WAY too brave!!!

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  179. I would love the feeder!!

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  180. tarheeltwice7/31/14, 9:05 PM

    L9ve the feeder!

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  181. Amanda Wayer7/31/14, 9:05 PM

    I need this! Please enter me!

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  182. I would love that feeder..I have so much waste of feed...drives me batty

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  183. Sweet! This is a pretty cool device!

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  184. I would love to win this feeder. Thanks for all your help.

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  185. i would LOVE to win this feeder! Thank you for the chance!

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  186. Is it hard to train your chickens to this type of feeder if they are used to the conventional kind?

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  187. Would love one of these to go with the Chicken Fountain I bought this spring. With 55 girls I go through enough feed without losing any to waste and freeloaders.

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  188. 13happygirls7/31/14, 9:28 PM

    I would love to win one of these feeders. Thanks for the opportunity. And I love to hang treats for fun. Cabbage is a favorite. Cucumbers are a snack right now because of how many I have on the vine.

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  189. Karen Robinson7/31/14, 9:32 PM

    Maybe this time :) I am so glad you can offer opportunities to win such great products!

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  190. Cheryl Ortiz7/31/14, 9:32 PM

    Yes Please.. I would love this!!! and so would the girls.

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  191. Cindy Manning7/31/14, 9:34 PM

    Oh Buddy. . . you were just telling me about these the other day. . . I sure could use one please!

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  192. Heidi Berard7/31/14, 9:38 PM

    I love this feeder. Would be perfect for my brood.

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  193. Love reading and keeping up with you on Facebook, and I love your crazy neighbor, I've got 2 of em myself. Your blog/Facebook page has become a nightly conversation piece of our house.

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  194. We could really use a grandpa feeder. Our girls dump their feeder and spread the feed all over.

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  195. Woo hoo! Pick me:-D

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  196. Allison Adams7/31/14, 9:47 PM

    Squirrels are my problem! I'd love a treadle feeder and grandpa's seems the bes:)

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  197. Jayne-Anne Shea7/31/14, 9:48 PM

    This would be so great to win. Love the blog!

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