DIY: Chicken Swing

chicken swing

In the spirit of enhancing your coop and providing your feathered friends with a source of entertainment and exercise, this month's DIY project is a chicken swing! This simple yet effective addition to your chicken run not only enriches your chickens' environment but also stimulates their natural behaviors and curiosity.

Here's how to build a chicken swing step by step:

Materials Needed:

  • A sturdy piece of wood for the seat (about 12-18 inches long and 2-3 inches wide)
  • Two eye screws (large enough to support the weight of your chickens)
  • A length of rope or chain (4-6 feet, depending on the height of your coop/run)
  • Two carabiners or S-hooks (for attaching the swing to the coop/run structure)
  • Sandpaper (optional, for smoothing the wood)
  • Drill and drill bits


  1. Prepare the Seat:
    • Select a piece of wood that will comfortably accommodate your chickens. A wider board provides more stability for larger breeds.
    • Smooth the edges and surface of the wood using sandpaper to prevent splinters and ensure the safety of your chickens.
  2. Attach the Eye Screws:
    • Measure and mark two points on your piece of wood, each about 1-2 inches from the ends.
    • Using the drill, make pilot holes at these marks. This step is crucial to prevent the wood from splitting when you insert the eye screws.
    • Screw the eye screws securely into the pilot holes.
  3. Prepare the Rope or Chain:
    • Cut two equal lengths of rope or chain. The length should be based on how high you want the swing to hang. Remember, it shouldn't be too high off the ground, as chickens prefer a low, easily accessible swing.
    • If using rope, consider burning the ends to prevent fraying.
  4. Attach the Rope/Chain to the Swing:
    • Tie one end of each rope securely to an eye screw. If you're using chain, you may need additional hardware (quick links or similar) to attach the chain to the eye screws.
    • Ensure the knots are tight and secure or that the hardware is properly fastened to prevent the swing from falling.
  5. Hang the Swing:
    • Choose a location in your coop or run where the swing will not obstruct pathways or other important areas.
    • The swing should be hung from a sturdy overhead beam or structure. Use the carabiners or S-hooks to attach the free ends of the ropes/chains to the coop/run structure.
    • Adjust the height of the swing so it's low enough for the chickens to hop on comfortably but high enough off the ground to swing freely. About 6-12 inches off the ground is a good starting point.
  6. Introduce Your Chickens to the Swing:
    • Chickens may be wary of the new addition to their environment. You can encourage them to explore and use the swing by placing treats on or near it.
    • Over time, they will become accustomed to the swing and start using it on their own.


Building a chicken swing is a fun and rewarding project that provides your chickens with a unique form of enrichment. Watching your flock enjoy their new swing is sure to bring smiles and laughter to your homestead. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter for visitors and fellow poultry enthusiasts!