Chickens DIY Projects

Cabbage Pinata

I love to make a cabbage pinata about once a month for the girls during the winter.  They can’t resist as it dangles, twirls and just calls out to be pecked. Initially, they are fearful of this newcomer, but by the end of the day, I always find it pecked with holes.  For my flock of eight, an entire cabbage lasts about 2-3 days.
 Here is what you will need:

1 fresh head of cabbage
1 ball of twine
1 pair of scissors
a place to attach it in your run.


Cut a piece of string about 6 feet long.  It is important to keep the string in one long piece to prevent your flock from trying to eat it when the cabbage is gone.  Sometimes, they finish the cabbage when you are out.  This helps ensure the safety of your flock.


Wrap the string completely around the middle of the cabbage and tie it together once.



Flip over the cabbage and thread the two loose pieces of string underneath of the existing string.


Tie those two pieces of string together and make a knot.


It is that simple.  Now you are ready to take it out to your flock to enjoy.  You can tie off the loose ends together to hang it on an existing hook or chain or  try looping the string through a support beam in the run.

It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.
~Paulo Coelho
Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest and Keller and Keller

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Comments (13)

  • Great idea! I will give it a try this weekend. Love all your great tips!

    • Thanks Pam! Other friends suggest trying it with a head of broccoli or cauliflower too. Let us know how your flock enjoys it.


  • I've been wanting to try this for some time, but EVERY time I go to the grocery store, I forget. Some people have also tied up a big head of broccoli. I have got to remember to get on or the other!!

    • Love the broccoli idea! I am definitely going to do try that one too. Don't feel bad about the grocery store, sometime I just need a few things and cant' remember those. You are not alone. LOL!

  • My chickens love this tetherball game too (as I call it). I like your method. I usually drill a hole in the cabbage – I will try your method. Thanks for sharing!

    • What a neat idea to drill a hole through the middle. I love the name tetherball too. They are so much fun to watch.

  • I recently tried this after you mentioned it here about a month or so ago… My gals and guy didn't think to highly of it at first…but after a couple of days, GONE! The next time I did it, the got right after it and they love it.
    I like it, because it's cheap. You can get 3 head for $1 here. Some for us, and some for them. I actually have cabbage growing in our garden right now, almost ready for picking (we've had a mild winter). I'm sure they'll get some of that as well.

    I'm hoping to plant and grow sun flowers for them too!

    Thanks for the ideas– Pat

    • I'm so glad that I finally got around to sharing how to do it. It was a very popular topic since I posted on it this past October. Wow, that is cheap for cabbage. Thanks for popping in Pat!

  • My chickens are a little silly and don't appear to be fans of cabbage. I will try this with iceberg lettuce or broccoli though, since they really love that stuff!

  • LOVE this idea! Our girls' coop has a metal roof, so I'll have to think about how to do this–perhaps a metal hook? Anyway, thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Kristi. You know, I bet one of those black shepherd's crooks that you can hang plants on that inserts into the ground might work perfectly.

  • Alletiders ide…. Det vil jeg prøve… 🙂


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