Believe it or not, there is a chicken swing on the market. Once the chickens get used to the swing, they seem to really enjoy it. But I was not willing to pay for something I could make myself!
What you need:
3″+/- diameter, straight(ish) Branch
Drill bit large enough to accommodate the rope
Here’s how to do it:
Drill a hole, about an inch from the end of each end of the branch. Try to keep them linear so the branch will hang straight.
Insert rope through drilled hole. Tie a tight knot on bottom side of branch.
I like to melt the fibers of the rope just a bit so be sure the knot doesn’t slip.
Leave the rope long enough to hang your swing about 6″ from the ground PLUS at least 3 feet for tying the swing to the desired branch.
Repeat this process on the other side of the branch. You may need to melt the threads at the end of the rope to help it get through the drilled holes easily.
Tie the swing to the branch. Here’s how I did it, but with 3 loops rather than 4.
Trim the rope with about 2″ of excess. Melt the end of the rope threads to give it a nice finish.
I bribed my girls to try out the swing by tying a bunch of lemon balm to the ropes of the swing. They weren’t buying it.
Today was day 2 of the swing introduction. I didn’t see the girls on the swing but I did see them scratching the ground around it. Later in the day I noticed the lemon balm missing. Someone had to climb up there to get it!