Q. Merry-go-round for chickens question

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    AAnightowl Young Pine

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    I thought this might be a good place to ask. I am nearly done building the yard for my chickens, and I want to make a merry-go-round. I have seen them on you tube, but none of the instructions show what to use to keep the tire up on the spindle. I have several tires to choose from (2 wheel barrow tires, and 1 lawnmower tire), and a piece of rebar for the spindle. But what do I use to keep the tire above ground so it can spin? I have several other ideas of things they might enjoy. They have been cooped up nearly a year without being able to play outdoors. I have odds n ends of things laying around, I just don't know what to use to make it work. I have 8 hens and two baby roosters.
     
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    Gosh, and I thought we spoiled our hens! Chickens don't need a lot to entertain themselves. If you can suspend an apple or melon from the top of the coop, they will enjoy jumping up to get a bite. Just make sure the treat is low enough that they can reach it without too much effort. I have a large upholstery needle that I thread with string and run it through the treat. Netting isn't a good idea since those beaks are sharp and a hen can eat some netting.
    They also like to chase things. Throw a handful of oyster crackers into the coop, or excess cherry tomatoes, or damaged tomatoes, zucchini, whatever vegetable you have.
    Under no conditions give them gin. They get rowdy!
     
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    AAnightowl Young Pine

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    No gin here...

    I do give them kitchen scraps, and leftovers, and tomatoes with blossom end rot, etc. I did put up a rod for them to sit on if they feel like it.

    You can look up chicken merry-go-rounds for some amusing videos and spoiled chickens on you tube. But the how-to instructions omit whatever holds the wheel up on the spindle.

    Weather permitting, I hope to have their play area finished tomorrow. We did get some lovely rain tonight which is good because we are in a severe drought here. I need to build the door, fix where the wire meets the shed so varmints cannot get in, and do some weaving on two sections of wire. I also need to do a few touch ups along the bottom so critters cannot get in that way.

    They have been cooped up nearly a whole year, and not able to play outdoors because of the raccoons, and their old coop was so rotten, I pushed it over. (I am 68 years old.) I think they are quite bored.
     
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    AAnightowl Young Pine

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    I got everything but the door done today. I need some 6" deck screws to put it together, and yes I have the L brackets for the inside of the joints. The girl at the lumberyard sent some kind of bolts instead and I cannot use those. DS can take me in on Sunday and we can exchange them. He will know what to get. I was so hoping they could play outside today.
     
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    Hmm. ALL of the how to build a chicken merry go round videos seem to be gone from you tube? There were a LOT of totally boring videos about chickens and other things.
     
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    marlingardener Mighty Oak

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    Perhaps the chickens were embarrassed and had the videos removed? Whirling around in circles with your feathers ruffled doesn't project the image of ladylike behavior.
     
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    When I went to school they made girls wear dresses and tell us such stuff.
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    I googled and saw some pictures online of chicken merry go rounds. Told my daughter she should make one for her chickens haha
     
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