Monday, May 14, 2012

DIY Chicken Salad Bar


I had been planning to build a covered 'salad bar' in the run for my chickens for awhile.  I wanted somewhere that I could safely grow grasses and other seeds for them to munch on when greens are scarce, but would allow the seeds to sprout and grow without being bothered by the hens' incessant scratching. Enter the Chicken Salad Bar!



I have been savings odds and ends from other projects for awhile to use and also found some boards out behind our barn that I salvaged for the project, so I ended up not having to buy anything!

The instructions below are written using what I had on hand, but you can certainly adapt the project to use what you have handy. I also wanted to keep it fairly small so the top wouldn't sag when my hens stood on it, which you KNOW they will do! But feel free to size it to your liking.


Here are the instructions to build your own Chicken Salad Bar.


DIY SALAD BAR INSTRUCTIONS



~Materials~
Two 3' boards and two 2' boards (I think the ones I used were 1x6s)
8 long deck screws
10' furring strip cut into two 3' long lengths and two 2' long lengths
3' x 2'-2" piece of 1/2" hardware cloth
Four flat brackets
Set of small hinges
Eyehook
Topsoil
Packet of seed

~Tools Needed~
Jigsaw
Cordless Drill
Tape measure
Wire cutters
Staple gun/staples
Pencil

~How to Build your Bar~
Measure and cut your boards as noted above.


Using the deck screws, form the four 1x6 boards into a square.



Position the box where you want it, preferably in full sun in the run.  At this point, the Quality Control team will probably want to inspect your handiwork.


Staple the hardware cloth to the furring strips. If you staple at a diagonal on the 'X's of the cloth, it won't slip.



Then screw in the flat brackets at the corners for additional support.


Attach the hinges, one near each corner of your lid. And then screw the other part to the back of the box.


 



Drill holes in the center front of the box and lid and attach the eye hook.



Add an inch or two of nice topsoil. At this point, Quality Control is definitely going to have to take another look!

Kick all the chickens out of the box and sprinkle your seed mix into the dirt, then cover it up with a bit more topsoil.  The Chicken Salad Seed Mix from My Pet Chicken that I am using is a mix of Rape, Turnip, Mustard and Clover.


Water your salad bar well.  Keep watering as needed and in a few weeks, you should have a yummy  and nutritious offering of greens for your chickens !



After just a few days, we've already got sprouts !




It's been a week now and the Salad Bar is coming along quite nicely !



It's only been a week and a half, but the 'salad' is growing really fast !  Two of the girls got a little taste this morning.


When the "Salad" has grown to  the height of the hardware cloth, the salad bar will be open and I"ll have very happy girls !



Now, I don't know how it is in your household, but in ours, I'm the one who builds stuff - most likely because I'm too impatient to wait for my husband to get home from work and explain or draw out what I want built (but that's a whole 'nother story).  I have my own set of tools even. You don't need many, in fact I have built two chicken coops and a duck house using only a cordless drill, hammer, staple gun, jigsaw and circular saw.

Some suggestions for your toolbox
After your initial investment, the money you save building things yourself will pay for these tools in no time!

   

And if you want to go really 'girly'
(I'm actually kind of digging these pink tools - you can bet my husband would NEVER borrow them!)

     

297 comments:

  1. You're quite handy with those tools, huh? Great going! Love to have a salad bar for the girls in the winter months!

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  2. I've been wanting to build one of these for ages!! Thanks for the easy directions. Can't wait to get started =)

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  3. That is a marvelous idea! You're a genius!
    I'm gonna have to do that now. My Silkies would love it.
    Lisa Cox
    lisa@vetteklisa.com

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  4. You give your chickens such great care! Love the salad bar AND caviar!

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  5. Great idea!! I just planted blackberry bushes out side of my girl's run so in a couple of years they will have lots of yummy treats!

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  6. Perfect project to use up our scrap wood from building the coop! Woohoo! :) Now time for me to go play I Spy!

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  7. what an AWESOME idea! I'm gonna have to try this even if I don't win!

    Christa
    cmkenyon01@yahoo.com

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  8. That is so cool, I would of never thought of doing a project like that, putting this one in my memory bank!!
    Caprese
    parks90@comcast.net

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  9. This was such a great blog post! Thanks for the simple directions to build one for my flock. I started on a new coop for my peeps but it got derailed to build a bigger goat house over the weekend since I finally confirmed my doe is pregnant. Now to sit calmly and anxiously await the birth of the kids! :D Back to work on the coop soon! Thanks for such a great blog!

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  10. Thank you for the step by step directions..I really appreciate it. It's a great idea! Candie clolds03@yahoo.com

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  11. I'd purchased the Chicken Salad but didn't know yet where to plant it...now I know. I'll make a salad bar in the run. Great idea!

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  12. Very practical idea. I need one to cover my back lawn if it were not such a large area.

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  13. I love this idea! Nice work! My email is vanegas_ massie@hotmail.com

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  14. Thanks for the directions. We are building a new coop and this will be a great project for the scrap wood!

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  15. Love all the great ideas on FED! My girls would love having a fresh salad bar.
    Coleen
    evartian2@yahoo.com

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  16. Most definitely making one of these for my girls, thanks for sharing :)

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  17. I was just thinking about how to accomplish this! What great instructions! I don't think I even need to put it on the honey-do list, since I think I can manage to do it all by myself! lol
    ~Christie
    christie_foulke@hotmail.com

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  18. I've been thinking of something like this myself. Was wondering what seeds would be best to plant in it. My email is cherwin@catc.net.

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  19. So Cool, I know this is a project in the near future for my husband to make for the guys and gals (he just doesn't know it yet)... Love it..
    Gina (Cromer's Farm & Coop)

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  20. Looks great! My chickens LOVE cabbage best of all their greens.

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  21. This is Jesse from Spirit Harmony Farms and I am so impressed with this. it will be amazing on the new property when we deck out the super coop.

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  22. We live in sunny San Diego....this is just what my girls neeed to stay cool and refreshed in the summer :)

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  23. love the salad idea! marge, margeann@comcast.net

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  24. Another FED Favorite :)
    Carolyn Albers - catschickens@gmail.com

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  25. Phyllis Vaks GarrettMay 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    absolutely awesome...i need chickens..=8-[

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  26. Great idea!!
    Debbie
    debbiestevens62@gmail.com

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  27. What a terrific idea! I'm going to build one this weekend! Sandra Baur orpainthorses@yahoo.com

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  28. I love the idea of recycling old materials to give our girls something new. Such a great idea. Thank you for sharing.
    Morag email morag@timhamilton.co.uk

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  29. That looks awesome. i was thinking of maybe hacking an old window frame with some leftover hardware cloth to make one

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  30. Better than lawn clippings. I would love to add this to my chicken run. The salad mixture could be changed each time too.

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  31. I'd love to be entered, that looks awesome!!

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  32. That is awesome! I never thought of making a garden for the chickens!

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  33. Just starting my coop now. I will certainly have to include a salad bar in the run. Thanks for the inspiration. Trace349@aol.com

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  34. I've been wanting to try the salad mix for a while but I wasn't sure if it would grow well here, so I haven't. The caviar would be an awesome perk. I love the salad bar idea too! Thanks for the great ideas and the giveaway - Courtney kaugomu@gmail.com

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  35. Oh address is taylorashleyd at gmail

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  36. What an absolutely wonderful idea ! I love giving my chickens treats and with this homemade salad garden they can taste and peck at their leisure !!! Thanks for your GREAT blog !
    Karen Doll Mamabirdy55@aol.com

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  38. Great idea. I love giving the girls fresh greens! I let kale over - winter and go to seed. They loved that too!

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  39. Planting a chicken "salad bar" is definitely in my plans this summer! I also saw a clever idea using pallets filled with dirt that created "rows" for planting veggies. I thought that idea could be applied to the girls' salad bar as well!
    Love this article - thanks for sharing!

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  40. I am definately gonna build on for my girls

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  41. What a great idea for 'caged' chickens. Fresh 'green' food is so important to quality egg production. My girls are all 'pastured' so they are free to nibble anywhere on the property. They do come running when they see me for treats, however!
    Janet
    grnishade@aol.com

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  42. Great idea! Just added another item to the honey-do list!

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  43. I saw this design in use at the Hill Country Tour a couple of weeks ago. I am so eager to make one of these. My chickens do not have any greens unless I free range but the hawk danger is HUGE so I am excited to have success with Chicken Greens for my chickens. They will be so happy to have free access to greens. I would love to put a metal grid over their entire pen so they could have chicken salad every where they walk. Looking forward to my salad sprouting.

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  44. I've been trying to figure out a way to grow some grasses for my chickens but knew they would just destroy anything planted in their large run . . . this is just perfect!!! Thanks for the wonderfully easy idea!

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  45. Great idea!
    citychickenrancher@gmail.com
    Robin

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  46. What a great idea and easy to do. Thank you! Now off to find chickens on the web-pages :)

    Lidia equinefrnd@aol.com

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  47. What a hoot- my chickens would love this!

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  48. nice!!!! Joann McGregor
    jmcgregor@twcny.rr.com

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  49. I have been wanting to do something to get my chickens more greens this is a great idea. Theresa
    hennesseyt3@yahoo.com

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  50. Great giveaway!
    Aaron aarontrubic[at]gmail.com

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  51. This is a great idea. I was just wondering how to keep fresh greens in the coop. I'll be building this this weekend with our scrap wood!
    Kelly kls422@gmail.com

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  52. I love the idea of the box. I am definitely going to make this.

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  53. I am a new "CHICKEN MOM" and I really enjoy all the good information! :)

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  54. I am a new chicken mom as well and love this idea will definitely incorporate this and alot of the other great ideas on your blog. My name is Diane Stevens email vmstevens@snet.net

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  55. Teresa, tculpeppera@aol.com would love to win to celebrate when the City of Anderson SC chicken oridance is passed

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  56. Teresa, tculpeppera@aol.com would love to win to celebrate when the City of Anderson SC chicken oridance is passed

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  57. Teresa, tculpeppera@aol.com would love to win to celebrate when the City of Anderson SC chicken oridance is passed

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  58. Great idea!!!!!! I am going to get right on this one.

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  59. Super cute! I'm sure my girls would love their isn't salad bar!
    Alejandra E
    Elegantgothiclolitaprincess@MSN.com

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  60. Brenda b_davalos@sbcglobal.net Great idea and looks easyalso Thanks

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  61. I love the Quality Inspection Team at FED... they're the best. I cannot wait until after the wedding and after the move so I can implement this project !! Thanks Again FED ~ You Rock !!

    Margaret Coyle

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  62. My chickies would love some treats. good tips for healthy chickens. I'm going to pick some mint for their nest boxes. Ev -- evyart@surfbest.net

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  63. Love the idea of the chicken salad bar! Just found your blog and FB page via My Pet Chicken. Am now a devoted follower!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    Karen in NE Indiana
    mawmaw2five@gmail.com

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  64. Hey, worth a shot yes? I have wanted to do this for a while now, I have the boxes in the run.... the girls inspect them every day for something new, but alas, there is nothing planted in there yet. The soil is too "hot." I'll have to bring in some new soil from elsewhere to get the seeds to grow. Will the girls "burn" the seed/plants if they leave their dropping there? How do you deal with that part? Anyway, maybe I'll get out there very soon and finish up my project. :D

    Cathy in Colorado
    frightinfalcon @ gmail dot com

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  65. what a cool idea, I am jsut starting out with my chickens. but I know they would love this! totally gonna try it!

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  66. What a wonderful idea and great instructions. I'll be making one for my new chickens.

    Thanks!!

    Tori :-)

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  67. What a great idea! I can't wait to get a salad bar started for my Silkie/Showgirl chickies! Here's to fun with power tools...:)

    Leslie
    faithfulfeathers12@aol.com

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  68. I've been toying with a way to get fresh greens for my parakeets (they're in a roomy outdoor cage) and this idea of yours - the chicken salad bar - would do the trick. AND. . . . I can get hubby started on one for the hens as well.
    Thanks,
    Christie
    fivejeagle@bellsouth.net

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  69. I am a new Mother hen, Upclycled my kids Fort(stylle) Playset into one heavy duty Chicken coop for my new girls! I have made a tractor (also from upcycled swing set) and I am loving this SALAD BAR IDEA!!!! Still have pieces left from the set and now I know what I will do with them!!! Thanks Brandi@Brandidrury.com

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  70. Great idea.thanks for the info.

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  71. Lisa your girls are going to love the chicken salad mix. I have bought several packets and keep it growing everywhere I an find a spot. The girls only complaint is having to watch the greens grow and having to wait soooo long to munch down on them.

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  72. I love letting my girls try new things!

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  73. Thank you for all of the enlightening info & ideas.

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  74. My girls would love this! -Chel rlb118@hotmail.com

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  75. What a great idea! Win or loose, I'll have to try it! Martha aspinningwheel@aol.com

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  76. This is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. I have been trying to figure out how I could grow greens in my run and have had my eye on the seed pack. Even if I don't win your blog has some great info (especially being a newbie to raising chickens) and this is on my to-do list for the new coop :) - Courtney, cootiedoo27@yahoo.com

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  77. Thanks for the great post:) Will definitely build one of these for my ladies!
    -Jared
    rhodeislandredchickens@gmail.com

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  78. That is a great idea. I'd sure like to give it a try.

    Vanessa
    Vanessa892@live.com

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  79. First I see your coop and have to have the plans - my girls love it by the way! - and now I have to go build the salad bar! I'm just a sucker for cool ideas and plans! :) Awesome and gonna go it! :)
    Lashanda
    lasharl@kc.rr.com

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  80. Great idea! So going to make one of these for each the Chicken and Duck pens! :) Would love to enter the contest as well - already located both icons!
    Sarah
    SRumbaugh@comcast.net

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  81. I can hardly wait! I am going to start on my box tomorrow. What a wonderful idea!

    http://ladygonegreen.blogspot.com/

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  82. I can't wait for my nephews to come out this summer and make me one!

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  83. I absolutely love this idea. I think I have another project for my hubby :)

    tommygrl1972@yahoo.com

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  85. Alright, I got them.

    asummersell at gmail.com

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  86. Can't wait to build my salad bar!
    Tami - new follower!

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  87. Heather (Alicorns_Prayer@yahoo.com)May 16, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Thanks for the instructions for building the box. Going to go ask my landlord if he has any scraps laying around that I can use for building it. :D

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  88. Great idea! I think I have just enough time to make one and get seeds sprouted before the new chicks arrive in June! Jayne jayne_rouisse@yahoo.com

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  89. I just discovered this blog. What a treasure trove! Sherri gmesachs@aol.com

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  90. I'd love to win :-)

    nstudie at gmail dot com

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  91. I will be building one of these soon :)
    Alicia Parker
    taparkers@yahoo.com

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  92. That is an awesome idea. Will def be building a few of these.
    Michelle Lewis
    gjl_mel@yahoo.com

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  93. Such a great idea!! I am going to build one of these, never even thought about it~! Brandi a.k.a Kays Backyard Farm ~ tiannakay@yahoo.com

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  94. Such a good idea!!!

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  95. Great idea! I'm loving being a new chicken owner :)

    Missy
    melissa_esakoff@hotmail.com

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  96. What a great idea to build a salad bar for chickens. I usually throw weeds in for the chickens to peck at. They love scraps, too. I would love to win a treat for them. Julie at cjholt.mitchell@juno.com

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  97. Buck Buck BUCK!

    That means "YUM!" in chicken speak! ;)

    cca_stevens@yahoo.com

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  98. Love this idea - I have raised garden beds, and have a devil of a time keeping the quality control inspectors out of there. I actually added PVC arches and added bird cloth over the top and that kept them out. But this will be perfect for their run. Since I work for NASA - I especially appreciate the quality control comment LOL! Great ideas!

    Melinda
    melinda.smith@hotmail.com

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  99. Very interesting.

    mart_311@yahoo.com

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  100. Great idea! Totally going to do this! - Jen xjenjenjenx@gmail.com

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  101. Love the idea!! I'm sure my Silkies would love to give one a try. Vanessa Loganlittleman@hotmail.com

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  102. That's so cool! my chicken would love it!

    Kelli
    kellinicole1@me.com

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  103. Already have this on my husbands to do list. Just waiting for him to finish the run and coop. My babies are way too spoiled. cherwin@catc.net

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  104. Love your idea! We have some scrap wood and I'm thinking it will be a great 'honey do' project! downtownginab@aol.com

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  105. My hubbie isn't going to be happy when I ad this to his honey-do list! Thanks for the idea!
    Carol
    dyergroup6@msn.com

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  106. That is a great idea thanks for info Mike g msgold81@gmail.com

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  107. This looks like a great family project for our new chicks! We love giving them treats. Thanks for sharing!

    toniflower3 at yahoo dot com

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  108. Sounds like like fun. I have tons of stuff waiting to be re-purposed.Everything has value!!!!

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  109. With the exception of the brackets I have all the materials!
    My next project? PROBABLY!

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  110. Our coop/run is currently in remodel-mode so we'll just add this great (and easy!) idea to this list of amenities. The gals'll love it!

    dpinard at gmail dot com

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  111. Oh, what a wonderful idea! I am going to make it a bit bigger and add braces across the middle so that there wont be sagging. The girls are going to be thrilled! Thank you!

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  112. Love this idea...we may not have enough direct sunlight but I think I will try it anyway...we do purposely plant grass seed around the outside edge of our fence so the hens can eat from within the pen or we can pick it and throw it to them...they love new soft grass. sharon@dalton.net `(:^~)

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  113. How does this work with the hardware cloth, my friend tried it and we used an old pallet and put sod in it. I was worried the wholes in the hardware cloth were going to be too small. She never watered the sod

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    1. So far so good. They've pooped on it a few times, but I just open the top and shake it off. Plenty of sun and rain is getting through - the seeds sprouted already, just a few days later.

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  114. P.S.
    I did purchase some of The Chicken Salad from My Pet Chicken. I have it in planters and not sure if I will just give the girls the planter or cut it as it grows and put it in a suet cage

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  115. This is such a great idea! I think I just found our project for the weekend! :)
    brit868@yahoo.com

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  116. Just found "Fresh Eggs Daily" through another FB friend. I'm really enjoying going back through your previous postings and pictures. Very helpful info and FUN!
    aneokie@aol.com

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  117. I SO look forward every day to reading your blog and checking out whats new on your Facebook page.This chicken salad bar is great! And the caviar sounds like they would love it! Keep up the good work ladies!!

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  118. We just got our baby chicks today!
    Laura
    macneil0717@gmail.com

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  119. My chickens would LOVE the caviar! How is the salad bar coming up through the tighter weave of the wire? I wondered if it was a broad leaf that would have issues or thinner and right up through the wire? This would be a great addition to our once green but now brown chicken run. :)

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  120. What an awesome idea! I always give my chickens lettuce, spinach, etc., but never thought of planting them their own "Chicken Salad"! What will you think of next!? :)
    JMStein64@aol.com

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  121. Great idea! I had been trying to think of a way to grow something in the coop.I have given lettuce, cabbage, and mixed rabbit feed in with feed before, but this would be fresher!

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  122. That is a great idea! I will certainly be making one of these for my chicks - I am a new mother to 8 pullets. :-)

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  123. I am loving the Quality Control Team! Great idea. joelypentlow@hotmail.com

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  124. Great Idea. I will be making one of these. Thanks so much!! Dianna Ellis dianna.ellis@gmail.com

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  125. awesome love that idea thanks :-)
    gardeniaprincess47@yahoo.com

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  126. Great ideas as always! you can also grow the greens by putting chicken wire over a big flower box or flower pot.
    Melinabrown@optonline.net

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  127. Wow...I still have leftover would from building my coop..Gonna build a bench to sit and watch my girls, and a salad bar!! Thanks for the great idea and plans!!
    valerie5s@bellsouth.net

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  128. I built 4'x12' floor panels in our chicken coop like this, and we grew wheat grass in it. It worked quite well. The chickens got greens, and could not kill them. :)

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  129. What a neat idea!!! I'm getting started today on my girls "Salad bar"!! Would love to win treats for them :)

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  130. What a great idea! I think we will make one of these!!!!

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  131. What a wonderful idea to give them their own garden ... perhaps they will stay out of mine :)

    Tammyb

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  132. I found this blog on Facebook from My Pet Chicken. This is a fantastic idea. We are fixing up part of our chicken yard(fencing it off) to grow buckwheat, oats,sorghum, kale and brussels sprouts for our chickens. When the grains are up, we will move the fence and the chickens wil be allowed to get their greens and grains. The kale and brussels sprouts will still be fenced in until mature and then will be dried for green food during the winter.

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  133. Now who doesn't like a Salad Bar! Our Girls will be able to dine and gossip in style! Mr.Rooster will have a great Chickie pick-up Bar..It will be the most popular spot in the Yard! WooHoo!
    Debbie Chioffe
    dksugarpaws@yahoo.com

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  134. Thanks for the idea. My girls will go crazy over this. Marie Anderson; maweeisme02@comcast.net

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  135. Question: Could you leave the top down and just let the greens grow through the mesh? That way the chickens don't dig up the plants. Was just a thought....

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  136. I am going out to see what leftovers lumber I have from building the coop(from free pallets so yay me!) and make one of these today! I think to help with sagging in the middle I will add piece of wood across the middle as well. Can't wait to get started and I know the chickies will love it too! But first I am off to find the ~(:^~) !
    Michelle Bowen sethsmommy2002@comcast.net

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  137. Love this idea. Oh hunny !!!... we got another chicken project to do !!

    ladykbug4321@yahoo.com

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  138. sorry, forgot my name in that post!! this is Kim, and I love chickens!!

    Kim
    ladykbug4321@yahoo.com

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  139. Can't wait to try this! Missyja1030@aol.com

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  140. Love this! Definitely gonna do this. I have some scrap materials around, too, so this is a perfect project to use em up!

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  141. What a great idea, I've definitely got everythign I need to make it hanging around somewhere! My chickens will love it. Thanks!

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  142. LOVE this!!! It will be so nice to have during the winter months! Thanks for sharing.

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  143. Great idea, my chicks would love this!

    Megan
    tbbhouse@gmail.com

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  144. Ami this is great and my Girls would love it! but you shouldn't ask folks to post eamils publicly as it leads to fraud and spammers is there anyway to enter so just you can see my email and not the public?

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    1. Per the rules, if you sign in with Google connect, you don't need to post an email address here since I can contact you that way if you win. How am I going to contact the winners if they don't leave contact information ? Its only those who choose to comment using the anonymous reply option that I need somehow to contact them.

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  145. Well, this would be quite the treat for our chickens and maybe they'd stop eyeballing our garden. Sign me up! bigsupernova@comcast.net

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  146. Thanks for the plans for the salad bar. We have had to fence our girls in because of the hawks and eagles, so it will be nice to grow some in their area, instead of having to pull grass for them. Have an open day, so I will get started now...

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  147. I love My Pet Chicken. The salad bar is a great idea. Hope I win the Chicken Caviar. Ordered some today just in case I Don't win !!
    melvadav@frontiernet.net

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  148. My mind is racing ...can't wait to get started on my chicken salad plans. Great idea! Thank you.
    Donna
    charleabrn@yahoo.com

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  149. I love projects. My chicks are spoiled and I like the idea of giving them their own garden. Have been wanting to order the seeds for over a week. amble2008@live.com Karen N

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  150. Ive been thinking about making a salad bar for a long time! I need to get started.

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  151. Please enter me into this giveaway. Just got my first flock of 5 chicks the other day and would love to try your product out. Thanks!

    Stephanie Shumway
    stephanie.shumway@yahoo.com

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  152. Hope I get some seeds & chicken caviar!!! I already found 1 of the chicken icons! Thanks- Audri C. audri_crews@yahoo.com

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  153. will have to try this..
    Ron
    randreano@comcast.net

    My first post did not post not sure why

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  154. I really appreciate the salad bar instructions. Would love to try both the seed and the caviar for my chickens!
    Cheryl cyz@wildblue.net

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  157. This is a great idea! I'll have to test it out ;)
    katierosemiller@hotmail.com

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  158. Hey
    My name is Spencer Knight and email spencerknight12@yahoo.com

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  159. I ordered some seeds and it said to plant in September. I live in louisiana.fixing to order the caviar in case I don't win. Just wondering if it can be planted now or do I have to wait until September.thank you for the opportunity to try to win. My email is chicklady5912@Yahoo.com

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    1. I noticed it said early spring or fall but mine is doing great now here in VA. Of course its cooler than normal. If I were you I would probably plant some summer crops now and wait on the salad mix until the fall. I know Kale is a fall crop...as I'm sure the rest is too.

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  160. Hello! My name is Kayla Rosencutter-Jones. My email is: kayla-brendan@sbcglobal.net. I never would have thought about building a salad bar like that to give my chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys healthy treats. Thank you so much for the information. I will be building many of these in the near future.

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  161. This is a very cool idea. I will be building some of these soon.
    Sonya
    klassikid@yahoo.com

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  162. Awesome! I am going to try this!

    Tanya
    pbrkix @ Yahoo.com

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  163. Can't wait to try this. I love the quality control team. That's what makes chickens so much fun!
    Margie

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  164. The a la carte idea using a suet bird feeder is a great way to offer the mix. I love the idea of making the free standing salad mix trays--particularly the design for the screen with the hinges--I just love that. I am always looking for ways to serve my flock healthy and safe treats. This will be a great way to redirect them from my tomato plants lol!!

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  165. P.S. Best email is rudyvillefarm@gmail.com thanks.

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  166. I love the salad bar idea!
    sadiebeery at hotmail dot com

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  167. i am SO GLAD i found your blog - i LOVE all the ideas!!!! can't wait to try a few! :D
    carrie ~ starflyer55 at nc.rr.com

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  168. wonder if my girls would like this?! there just starting to forage around and the hubby and i were discussing making salad bar boxes for them.

    Angie Tamara Reed
    jayjaylover73@yahoo.com

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  169. Def gonna build one of these! I would love to win the prize too! Love reading the blog! Alea Cousins
    Shorty217605@yahoo.com

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  170. Genus!!!When my little babes are out from under the heat light they are getting a salad bar ; )

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  171. Have begun making our own "salad" box... can't wait for our "girls" to enjoy some fresh, home-grown treats!

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  172. Now I know what is next on my to-do list!

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  173. Too cute! I've been wondering how to do something like this for our chickens. Never occurred to me to let the lettuce grow up through a 'netting'. Very smart! Thanks for the instructions!

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  174. My chickens would LOVE something like that! Great idea! Do you know how long it would take me to get my husband to make that for me, though?? LOL!!

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  175. That is a great idea for any pet chicken. Is there a plan for this anywhere??? I would love to try and make this for my silkies.

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  177. Great idea for the girls to stay out of my garden by having their own. Time to get the power tools out again I see!

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  178. Thank you for posting these wonderful ideas!

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  179. what an awesome idea...
    suevanderw@gmail.com

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  180. Love the hinged door to control the growing, bar open-bar closed!! =D
    De Peaslee
    mpeaslee@maine.rr.com

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  181. I just built a similar top to keep my girls OUT of my veggie garden, but this would make a great project for my kids! One of them even has the perfect base sitting in the yard (made of garden bed leftover pieces).

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  182. love the idea... and what a way to let the grandkids in on feeding the chickens as they plant and watch them grow..

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  183. Great post! I'm going to have to try that out!

    Jade
    missjadie@gmail.com

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  185. that looks yummy, you guys have the best giveaways!

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  186. Hey
    My name is Floyd Johnson and my email is floydjohnson@hughes.net and I would LOVE the seeds

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  187. Our girls have a nice sized run and fenced area, but it's mostly in the shade.....so between not much sun and scratch&peck hens, "greens" don't stand a chance. I'm going to make my "salad bar" portable and bring it into the garden for a little sunshine each day.
    Thanks for the great idea!
    Linda
    mchenryl@msn.com

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  188. What a neat idea.box! My kids love the dried meal worms as treats. I remember the first time I purchased the Happy Hens Treats. My bf gave me a funny look and said you are treating these chickens like they are pets. I replied that they are our pets and they produce nice eggs for us.

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    Jess jnruff@gmail.com

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  189. What a fun contest! Hope you choose me!

    mottcat AT yahoo DOT com

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    HomesteadJen

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