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