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Inspired by john seymour, jack hargreaves, Ralph waldo Emerson and HFW (in that order); a couple of years or so ago we started to grow our own food; tomatoes, salad leaf, corgettes, beans, etc. Next we started to grow fruit; apples, plums, berries. Then we started to makes jams and chutneys. Next we took on 4 lovely POL hens, chosen for egg colour. A new hampshire red, a french maran, a cream legbar and a 'mixed' hen. So we have light brown, dark brown, blue and green eggs.Recently the mixed hen went broody- so I bought fertile silkie eggs and she hatched off 6. Our 'main' coop cost a lot more than I had hoped (around £300 to build). So when our mixed hen hatched off 6 chicks I was determined to build a coop for nothing. The coop below (on the left) cost less than £3 to build. Materials were begged borrowed and taken from waste skips or from relatives sheds. The chicks seem to like it just fine!! Future projects include brewing our own beer, breadmaking and designing (and manufacturing) the perfect hoe. - We live in the UK in Notts, have 2 kids and both work at full time jobs.