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!
Today is day 4. They are finally giving it a try!
There is a quote that I have been living by the past few years. Until recently, I never knew who said it and apparently I havent been saying it correctly either.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” Theodore Roosevelt
I think this is one of the unwritten rules that homesteaders live by. We make the most of what we have. We don’t have to have the biggest and the best (unless of course that’s what the job calls for).
Most of the homesteaders I know have a stock pile of used glass jars and egg cartons. They also have compost piles and make vinegar from their apple scraps and when the vinegar is finished fermenting they give the apples scraps to their chickens as a snack.
I know that I have so many things that I want to accomplish on our land. I have many dreams and goals for our property. But I also know that I need to pace myself and be happy with what I have. Become an expert on what I have. Improve on what I have. Once I have done the most I can with what I already have, I can pursue my other goals, when we can afford to do so.
It’s hard to have dreams sometimes. There is a lot that I would like to do to our home and property but I have to feed my family before I buy new ceiling fans (because God knows those brass ones need to go!). Until then, the lights turn on and the room feels cool. And I can always paint the brass to help ease the suffering eyes.
Being a first time homesteader I have a lot to catch up on. But I have to remind myself that in order for our homestead to thrive, I have to do what is best for it. I have to spend money wisely and prioritize my projects. I have to keep myself from comparing other people’s homesteads to my own.
“Comparison is the Thief of Joy” – Theodore Roosevelt
Photo courtesy of Karen Kastner