Re-purposed Chicken Feed Bags

Upcycled Feed Bags Uses - The Chicken Chick®If you are a chicken-keeper, then surely you have gone through more bags of feed than you care to recall. I always have empty feed bags on hand and have no shortage of uses for them!

There are many uses for feed bags, from garden weed blocker to tote bags. I even created ‘art’ for my chicken coop by placing the front half of a feed bag in a plastic 16″ X 20″ frame.

Feed bag framed Art | The Chicken Chick®
Framed feed bag art for my chicken coop

feed bag art

Here is my best attempt to date at sewing a tote bag from feed bags. The handles are a little bit odd, but it’s sturdy and spacious. I’m sure I would not be able to recreate this design if I tried. Alas, the seventh grade home economics sewing lessons were lost on me.
Here are easy-to-follow instructions for making a feed bag tote.

Pretty feed bag tote with canvas handles,
Pretty feed bag tote with canvas handles,  made for me by Molli Allen. Thanks Molli!

I  may be pushing the envelope a little far with this idea, (pun unabashedly intended) but necessity being the mother of invention, it had to be done.  I forgot to pick up Tyvek® envelopes and I need them to ship a Henbag to Italy one day when it occurred to me that feed bags are at least as sturdy as Tyvek® and as luck would have it, I possess the bare minimum sewing ability to create a fashionable and functional envelope out of one. The postmaster thinks I’m nuts, but that’s just fine with me.
Mailing envelope made from recycled feed bags

DIY Tater Totes, upcycled feed bag potato patch
Tater Totes, Feed Bag Potato Patch
DIY Tater Totes, upcycled feed bag potato patch
Feed bag potatoes, DIY here.
Repurposed Chicken Feed Bag Christmas Stockings tutorial
Christmas stockings tutorial HERE!

Repurposed Chicken Feed Bag Christmas Stockings tutorial Some other great uses for feed bags are: a tablecloth, garden weed-blocker, place-mats, coop waterproofing, tarp, coop insulation, sick bay crate liner.

Upcycled Feed Bag Stockings | The Chicken Chick®Some other great uses for feed bags are: a tablecloth, garden weed-blocker, place-mats, coop water-proofing, tarp, coop insulation, sick bay crate liner, beehive winter shelter windbreak.

Staple empty feed bags onto the walls behind the roosts. It’s much easier to replace soiled feed bags than it is to scrape chicken poop off the walls!

Staple empty feed bags onto the walls behind the roosts. It's much easier to replace soiled feed bags than it is to scrape chicken poop off the walls!

Stapled to my winter beehive shed, empty feed bags act as a windbreak, providing protection from harsh, winter winds and precipitation.


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Mariarose
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Mariarose

The previous owners of our coops glued polystyrene pink foam insulation to the inside of the coop – of course the hens think it's great for nibbling. So to prevent pecking of the pink, I too stapled grain bags to all the walls in the coop.

Nicole VanBuren Milton
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We use a shed for our 10×10 coop. In the process of adding R5 insulation. I have to have water in the coop because the older chickens won't let the younger ones out into the run. I have to take those 4 and free range them a few hours a day so they make it outside. We were using sand but I added straw for warmth on top is that not a goos idea?

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feedsack newby

Feeedsacks also make moving furniture easy. my husband and I moved a fully assembled kingsize poster bed by lifting each leg one at a time and placing a feedsack folded in half under each leg.Was able to slide the bed on the carpet to a new location.

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